Numbers is one of important basic vocabularies you will be using when traveling in Japan. So let’s start counting! First we will cover ONE to TEN!

## THE FIRST TEN NUMBERS

**Quick notes:**

*K.M: is KANJI MNEMONICS, it’s a sentence made up to make you remember the kanji shape & meaning easily*

*S.M: is SOUND MNEMONICS, it help you to remember the spelling easier.
*

### ONE: 一 「いち」ICHI

K.M: ONE line… No further explanations needed 😀

S.M: Just ONE mosquito is enough to make your body **ITCHY** all day!

### TWO: 二 「に」NI

K.M: TWO lines, it’s the same shape as

**NI katakana**

S.M: The sound is also the same as

**NI katakana**

### THREE: 三 「さん」SAN

K.M: THREE lines

S.M: I have three SONs

*(the SAN is spelled like SON)*

### FOUR: 四 「し」SHI or「よん」YON

K.M: Its a shape of a fist, how many fingers shown in a fist? Yes, FOUR

S.M: Be**YON**ce… She loves to pose with a clenched fist.

### FIVE: 五 「ご」GO

K.M: How many lines can you see? I see FIVE

S.M: Five… Four… Three… Two… One… and **GOOOO**!!!

### SIX: 六 「ろく」ROKU

K.M: it’s a shape of eight’s kanji, with 2 lines above it… 8 – 2 = 6 (six) …

S.M: I wake up every morning **at 6** with **ROCK** music as my alarm clock (YEAAAHHHH!!)

### SEVEN: 七 「なな」NANA or「しち」SHICHI

K.M: It’s a **rotated number 7**

S.M: **She che**ated 7 times on me… Shame on you **NANA**!

### EIGHT: 八 「はち」HACHI

K.M: Remember the **hiragana HA** in katakana that resembles an old man’s big nose?

S.M: **HACHI** also means bee… Now, B is similar to 8 shape isn’t it?

### NINE: 九 「きゅう」KYUU or「く」KU

K.M: Somehow **similar to hiragana KA**, but there is an end hook that facing outside

S.M: NINE contestant are standing on the stage. They are all **Cute (KYUU)** & **cool (KU)**

### TEN: 十 「じゅう」 JUU

K.M: The shape is the first letter of TEN. The (t)

S.M: Think of **TEN JUICES**

## PRACTICAL USAGE!

Congratulations! You’ve mastered one to ten,now here’s one of the practical usage of what you’ve just learnt!

**When you enter Japanese restaurant**, they will ask you

「なんにんさまですか」NAN NIN SAMA DESUKA? (How many people?)

Or sometimes it’s 「なんめい」NAN MEI instead of「なんにん」NAN NIN, you can proudly mention the amount of people using the vocabulary above.

**Here’s the formula:**

**[number of people] + 「にんです」NIN DESU**

So if you’re 10 people, you said: 「じゅうにんです」 JUU NIN DESU.

Does your group consist of more than ten people? No worries, let’s move on to 11 – 19!

## 11 – 19

**Formula for these numbers would be:
**

**10 「じゅう」JUU + [number following it]**

11 = 10 + 1, spelled as 「じゅういち」JUU **ICHI**

12 = 10 + 2, spelled as 「じゅうに」JUU **NI**

17 = 10 + 7, spelled as 「じゅうなな」JUU **NANA** / 「じゅうしち」JUU **SICHI**

and so on…

**Some numbers like 4 or 7 have two spelling, you can use either of both.*

## 20, 30,…,90 (Multiply of ten to 90)

Formula for multiply of ten to 90 is the reverse of what we have learnt for 11 – 19.

So the formula would be:

[The number in front] + 10 「じゅう」JUU)

While 12 (10 + 2) = 「じゅうに」JUU **NI**)

20 (2 x 10) would be「にじゅう」(**NI** JUU)

Get the logic as to why it’s being reversed?

30 is 3 x 10, so it’s「さんじゅう」**SAN** JUU

60 is 6 x 10, so it’s「ろくじゅう」**ROKU** JUU

**IMPORTANT: 40 is「よんじゅ」 YON JUU, no one use the other spelling of four. But for 7 & 9, you could use either of both spelling for this formula.*

**Numbers in the middle**

What about numbers in the middle of 20 – 30 or 90 – 99 you ask? It’s a matter of addition.

Basically 45 = 40 + 5, so it would be 「よんじゅうご」YON JUU GO

and 89 = 80 + 9, so it would be 「はちじゅうきゅう」 HACHI JUU KYUU **you can also use other spelling of 9 here**

Until now, all is quite simple right? Once you master one to ten, spelling 1 – 99 is just a simple combination of the 10 words.

**100 – 10.000 section’s is currently on progress, stay tuned!-*

### WHAT’S NEXT ?

Now… while the number itself isn’t difficult, the counting system in Japanese is quite complex and thus require a separate guide. So we’re gonna end the basic number guide here…

**In case that you forgot, here’s a set-phrase to ask for the price in Japanese.**

**「いくらですか」IKURA DESUKA? (How much is it?)**

Then they will spell out the magic numbers. But if you cannot catch any of the word they say, don’t worry, just open up your phone, click on the calculator app, and show it up to the seller!

* A quick note:* Foreigner called Japanese currency as YEN, but within the country itself, it’s written & spelled as EN「えん」 . Since in Japanese there are no alphabet that sounds as YE.

You made a mistake in this photo https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/o5lbj94ze2kq90e/number-one-to-ten.jpg?dl=0 ^^; You spelt 8 with Ichi and not Hachi

Fixed! Thank you for your feedback °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

There are quite a few mistakes in here! Please fix 18 to a 17 before juu nana/juu shichi. 20 would be juu ni, 21 is juu ni ichi, 30 is San juu, 50 is go juu and 60 is roku juu.

Fixed! Thank you so much for your feedback, really appreciate it! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°