#Nihongo Lesson – すうじ(numbers)

number

In this lesson, I only cover until number 1000.

Number or  すうじ is count as:

0 – rei/zero (れい)
1 – ichi (いち)
2 – ni  (に)
3 – san  (さん)
4 – yon/shi  (よん、し)
5 – go  (ご)
6 – roku  (ろく)
7 – nana  (なな、しち)
8 – hachi  (はち)
9 – kyuu  (きゅう、く)
10 – juu  (じゅう)

To count from 11 – 99, the formula is

1. 10 + (number)
2. (number) x 10 + (number)

Example:

For number 11 = 10 + 1 = juu ichi
Same goes to 12, 13, 14 and so on.

For number 20 = 2 x 10 = ni juu
For number 22 = (2 x 10) + 2 = ni juu ni

For number 30 = san juu
For number 99 = kyuu juu kyuu

Now, how do we count from 100 – 900?
In Nihongo, 100 is read as  ひゃく(hyaku). By applying the same concept as above,

(number) + hyaku

200 = ni hyaku and so on. But, there are few exceptions for certain numbers.

Only 300, 600 and 800 will be read differently.

300 = sanbyaku
600 = roppyaku
800 = happyaku

And the last number is 1000 were we read it as せん(sen).

For more lesson about numbers, you can visit
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