Kanji: 四 yon four
JLPT N5: 4 / 100 | 5 Strokes
Kun: よん; よっ・つ
Mnemonics: Think of two little legs dangling in a FOUR sided box.
- 四 four [can be pronounced シ or よん]
- 四級 4th grade
- 四月 April [the 4th month]
I have four cats.
- 四匹 four (cats) [The 匹 looks like a 四 but with a missing side. This 匹 hiki is a counter for small animals like cats. Japanese has many counters, but English has a few too. For example: a cup of coffee]
- の (marker showing relationship and possession: 4 cats)
- 猫 cat
- を (direct object marker)
- 飼っています having (a pet); owning [The verb for owning/having pets is 飼うkau—not to be confused with the verb “to buy” which is 買うkau.]