Have you ever noticed how we count – in English it seems fairly easy – one, two, three, four and so forth.  It doesn’t matter what we are counting – books, people, jumping jacks, situps.   At the dojo (Harp Karate), we do fairly well when we count to ten  in Japanese – ichi, ni, san shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, ku, juu.  However, we need to count more than 10, we repeat 1-9 and change to the English for the next (twenty, thirty, . . .).  Japanese does make counting harder as there are different counting words if you are counting people or books or pencils.

I am going to make an effort to learn the Japanese equivalents – up to 50 (for a start).

10 – juu
20 – nijuu
30 – sanjuu
40 – yonjuu  (yon is another word for 4)
50 – gojuu

This shouldn’t be to bad.  At least until I get my feet moving and my hands and arms moving and keep up with the rest of the students all at the same time. There are times when I can’t count to 10 in English.

Counting - ichi, ni, san, chi, go, . . .



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