Are you intrested in learning Japanese numbers?
We have created this article to help you with numbers and number system in Japanese．
This session will help you in being a Hero from Zero in Japanese numbers!
This session will guide you in counting numbers from Zero to trillion in Japanese.
Please download the interactive PDF, have a glance and begin the session below.
Note that Zero in Japanese is often used as ‘ゼロ’ (as it is a borrowed word from a foreign language, it is written in katakana)
And reading ‘れい’ is Japanese reading often used when using decimal numbers.
For example 0.7 = れいてんなな (dot in Japanese is てん) or ゼロてんなな。
Next, observe that Four, Seven and Nine also has two readings.
The readings written in the bracket are used for special purposes, which we will see in our further sessions whenever required.
Counting up to 100 is counting like 1 to 10.
The Hint to remember here is: multiples of 10 + number
12 is (10+2)じゅう + に = じゅうに
30 is (30+0)さん + じゅう = さんじゅう
56 is (50+6)さん + じゅう+ろく = さんじゅうろく and so on.
100 in Japanese is ひゃく.
The Hint to remember here is: multiples of 100 + number
105 is (100+5)ひゃく + ご =ひゃくご
148is (100+40+8)ひゃく+ よんじゅう ＋ はち =ひゃくよんじゅうはち
200 is (2+100)に + ひゃく =にひゃく
300 becomes (3+100)さん + ひゃく = さんびゃく
600 becomes (6+100)ろく + ひゃく = ろっぴゃく
800 becomes (8+100)はち + ひゃく= はっぴゃく
1000 in Japanese is せん.
The Hint to remember here is: multiples of 1000 + number
1009 is (1000+9) which becomes
1996 is (1000+900+90+6) which becomes
2532 is (2000+500+30+2) which becomes
4000 is (4+1000)よん+せん = よんせん
3000 becomes (3+1000)さん+せん=さんぜん and
8000 becomes (8+1000)はち+せん = はっせん
10,000(ten thousand) in Japanese is いちまん.
1,000,000(million) in Japanese is ひゃくまん.
100,000,000(hundred million) in Japanese is いちおく.
1000,000,000(billion) in Japanese is じゅうおく.
1000,000,000,000(trillion) in Japanese is いっちょう.
To memorize the greetings and phrases, we have provided a video link that will help you to learn musically! It will also help you in developing your listening skills because songs can be useful in language learning as they provide a format for memorizing vocabulary and rhythm of the language.
So, we suggest you to become a kid again and use your creativity to widen your language learning potential.
Try counting from 1 to 10 and 10 to 1 along with the song.
The Japanese word for the number four has two pronunciations, ‘yon’ and ‘shi’.
‘Shi’ can also mean ‘death’; because ‘shinu’ is the verb which means ‘to die’.
As a result, the number four is considered unlucky, so they usually skip it when numbering hotel and hospital floors.
For more practice, we recommend the books listed below. Click on any book to get a detailed review. Also check out some popular dictionaries and Flip cards that can boost your study method.
Today we learnt about numbers and number system.
Now, you can also learn Days of the week, Months and Dates in Japanese.
Until then, おげんきで [which means take care!]. またね [which means see you!].