Counting to a Hundred in Japanese

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

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こんにちは, everyone! Welcome back to Teach Me Japanese.


Today's lesson is a bit simpler than usual, but very necessary. We are going to learn how to count to 100 in Japanese!


 

一(いち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- one

二(に)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- two

三(さん)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- three

四(よん・し)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- four

五(ご)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- five

六(ろく)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ six

七(なな・しち)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seven

八(はち)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ eight

九(きゅう・く)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- nine

十(じゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ten

十一(じゅういち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eleven

十二(じゅうに)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twelve

十三(じゅうさん)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirteen

十四(じゅうよん)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fourteen

十五(じゅうご)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifteen

十六(じゅうろく)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixteen

十七(じゅうなな)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventeen

十八(じゅうはち)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighteen

十九(じゅうきゅう)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- nineteen

二十(にじゅう)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty

二十一(にじゅういち)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty one

二十二(にじゅうに)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ twenty two

二十三(にじゅうさん)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ twenty three

二十三(にじゅうさん)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty threer

二十五(にじゅうご)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ twenty five

二十六(にじゅうろく)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty six

二十七(にじゅうなな)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty seven

二十八(にじゅうはち)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty eight

二十九(にじゅうきゅう)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- twenty nine

三十(さんじゅう)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty

三十一(さんじゅういち)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty one

三十二(さんじゅうに)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty two

三十三(さんじゅうさん)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty three

三十四(さんじゅうさん)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty four

三十五(さんじゅうご)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty five

三十六(さんじゅうろく)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty six

三十七(さんじゅうなな)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty seven

三十八(さんじゅうはち)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty eight

三十九(さんじゅうきゅう)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- thirty nine

四十(よんじゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ forty

四十一(よんじゅういち)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty one

四十二(よんじゅうに)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty two

四十三(よんじゅうさん)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty three

四十四(よんじゅうよん)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty four

四十五(よんじゅうご)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty five

四十六(よんじゅうろく)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty six

四十七(よんじゅうなな)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty seven

四十八(よんじゅうはち)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty eight

四十九(よんじゅうきゅう)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- forty nine

五十(ごじゅう)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty

五十一(ごじゅういち)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty one

五十二(ごじゅうに)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty two

五十三(ごじゅうさん)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty three

五十四(ごじゅうよん)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty four

五十五(ごじゅうご)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty five

五十六(ごじゅうろく)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty six

五十七(ごじゅうなな)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty seven

五十八(ごじゅうはち)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty eight

五十九(ごじゅうきゅう)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fifty nine

六十(ろくじゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ sixty

六十一(ろくじゅういち)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty one

六十二(ろくじゅうに)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty two

六十三(ろくじゅうさん)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty three

六十四(ろくじゅうよん)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty four

六十五(ろくじゅうご)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty five

六十六(ろくじゅうろく)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty six

六十七(ろくじゅうなな)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty seven

六十八(ろくじゅうはち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- sixty eight

六十九(ろくじゅうきゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ sixty nine

七十(ななじゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy

七十一(ななじゅういち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy one

七十二(ななじゅうに)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy two

七十三(ななじゅうさん)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy three

七十四(ななじゅうよん)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy four

七十五(ななじゅうご)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy five

七十六(ななじゅうろく)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy six

七十七(ななじゅうなな)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy seven

七十八(ななじゅうはち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy eight

七十九(ななじゅうきゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seventy one

八十(はちじゅう)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty

八十一(はちじゅういち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty one

八十二(はちじゅうに)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty two

八十三(はちじゅうさん)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty three

八十四(はちじゅうよん)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty four

八十五(はちじゅうご)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty five

八十六(はちじゅうろく)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty six

八十七(はちじゅうなな)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty seven

八十八(はちじゅうはち)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- eighty eight

八十九(はちじゅうきゅう)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ eighty nine

九十(きゅうじゅう)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety

九十一(きゅうじゅういち)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety one

九十二(きゅうじゅうに)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ninety two

九十三(きゅうじゅうさん)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety three

九十四(きゅうじゅうよん)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety four

九十五(きゅうじゅうご)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety five

九十六(きゅうじゅうろく)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety six

九十七(きゅうじゅうなな)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety seven

九十八(きゅうじゅうはち)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety eight

九十九(きゅうじゅうきゅう)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ninety nine

百(ひゃく)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ one hundred


 

One through ten are kind of simple, but it's worth noting that the numbers 4, 7, and 9 have two or more different readings. You can use either, but keep in mind that し(shi) or 4 also means death, and is considered unlucky in Japanese. That being said, many Japanese people use し when counting.


Numbers above ten have a pretty simple system to them, so once you get the first two sets down (11-29), you will know how to count all the way until ninety nine.


Numbers 11-19 are quite literally:

ten-one, ten-two, ten-three (and so on)


And all the rest of the numbers to one hundred all follow the same system:

two-ten, two-ten-one, two-ten-two (etc. etc.)


units of one hundred are counted as 百(ひゃく)ie. 百,二百,三百(ひゃく, にひゃく, さんびゃく)and so on. 300, 600, and 800 are special so the constant ひ changes slightly; さんびゃく, ろっぴゃく, and はっぴゃく respectively. Also note that the ku in ろく and the chi in はち are also cut off and replaced with a small つ.


Here is some supplementary vocabulary:

れい・ゼロ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- zero

千(せん)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ thousand

一万(いちまん)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ten thousand

一億(いちおく)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- one hundred million

一兆(いっちょう)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- one trillion


 

And that's it for today! Make sure to leave any questions below and check out our resources tab for more fun ways to learn Japanese.


As always, がんばってね!



Lauren




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