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Counting in Japanese 1-100 for Beginners. Easy Lesson!

Hello Junkies!

Counting in Japanese 1-100. Is it hard? No! 

Here’s how you count in Japanese, from 1 to 100 in 5 minutes. If you want to just learn 1 to 10, don’t worry –  I break these down step-by-step so you’re not overloaded. You’ll learn how to count, read and say the numbers out loud in the following steps. Feel free to print this out for review too.

  • Part 1: One to Ten
  • Part 2: Eleven to Nineteen
  • Part 3: Counting 20, 30, 40… to 100
  • Part 4: Counting the in-betweeners, 21-29, 31-39, etc.
  • Part 5: Useful phrases with numbers.
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Part 1: Count from 1-10 in Japanese

By the way…

You should also listen and hear the numbers pronounced in native Japanese by real people. So…

Press play below on this Free Lesson on Numbers from JapanesePod101.com (click here to visit).

  • Numbers Lesson #1 by JapanesePod101

Now…

Counting from 1 to 10 is fairly simple. There’s nothing to it but memorization. Or you can make up your own associations like “itchy, knee, sun.” You should not spend more than 1 minute remembering all of these.

Just read the romaji/english pronunciation out-loud and that’s it. If you’re interested in the hiragana and the kanji, it’s all  below as well.

Number Romaji/English Hiragana Kanji
0 zero ぜろ n/a
1 ichi いち
2 ni
3 san さん
4 yon/shi よん・し
5 go
6 roku ろく
7 nana/shichi なな・しち
8 hachi はち
9 kyuu きゅう
10 juu じゅう

A few of you might notice… “wait a minute, why are there 2 readings for 4, 7, and 9?”  Just remember both for now, so as not to overwhelm yourself. Later on, you’ll pick up that when saying 4 o’clock, it’s “yo-ji” and April (4th month) is shigatsu. There are variations here and there. But you’ll learn them and get used to them with time. I don’t think you should worry about them right now. Remember, rule of learning: don’t overwhelm yourself with complexities until you have a solid understanding of the basics first.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what “zero” is.. it’s zero – ゼロ – pronounced “zeh-roh.”

Part 2: Eleven to Nineteen

Great. Now you know that 10 is “juu” in Japanese. This will help you with counting 11 to 19. And there’s only one rule you need in order to count from 11 to 19.

  • Rule: Take juu and add any number from 1 to 9 that you learned in Part 1 above.
    • Format: juu + (any number from 1 to 9)
    • For example, 11 is juu ichi and 19 is juu kyuu. All we’re doing is combining juu and the numbers from 1-9.

Here’s the full list of numbers from 11 to 19 in Japanese. The good news is that you don’t need to know the Kanji. For classes and schools, yes. For real life, no – the Japanese typically use numbers unless it’s a really old fashioned place.

Just read the Romaji/English pronunciation to know how to say each number.

Number Romaji/English Hiragana Kanji
11 juu ichi じゅういち 十一
12 juu ni じゅうに 十二
13 juu san じゅうさん 十三
14 juu yon じゅうよん 十四
15 juu go じゅうご 十五
16 juu roku じゅうろく 十六
17 juu nana じゅうなな 十七
18 juu hachi じゅうはち 十八
19 juu kyuu じゅうきゅう 十九

Part 3: Counting the tens 20, 30, 40… to 100

Oh, this is going to be so easy. Counting 20, 30, 40, etc. is easy. And the only NEW thing you’ll have to learn is 100. Here’s why. There’s only 1 rule you need to count the tens – 20, 30, 40… 90.

  • Rule: Add the number (1-9) from Part 1 to “juu.” That’s right, it’s the complete opposite from the rule you learned in Part 2.
    • Format:  (any number from 1 to 9) + juu
    • For example, 20 is ni juu and 90 is kyuu juu.

Here’s the full list of the tens – 20, 30, 40..90, 100. And yes, I included 100. This is the “count in Japanese from 1-100” tutorial after all. Just read the Romaji/English pronunciation to know how to say each number.

Number Romaji/English Hiragana Kanji
10 juu じゅう
20 ni juu にじゅう 二十
30 san juu さんじゅう 三十
40 yon juu よんじゅう 四十
50 go juu ごじゅう 五十
60 roku juu ろくじゅう 六十
70 nana juu ななじゅう 七十
80 hachi juu はちじゅう 八十
90 kyuu juu きゅうじゅう 九十
100 hyaku ひゃく

Okay, now you’re counting in Japanese 1-100.

Just one more step.

Part 4: Counting the in-betweeners, 21-29, 31-39, etc.

Alright! You’re almost ready to finish this easy tutorial.

Next up are the in-between numbers like 31, 29, 49, 99, 87, etc. Everything you learned so far will help you figure out and say these in Japanese. Seriously. One last rule to remember.

To count any of these numbers…

  • Rule: Add the tens – 10, 20, etc. – that you learned in Part 3 to numbers 1 to 9 that you learned in Part 1

    • Format:  (any 10, 20, 30…90) + (any number from 1 to 9)

That’s right, very similar to part 2. It’s just like in English, you have “twenty, thirty, fourty, fifty…ninety” and you add a “one, two, three, four…. nine” to get twenty-one, thirty-nine, or forty-seven.

  • Here are some examples for practice:
    • 21 becomes ni juu ichi
    • 22 becomes ni juu ni
    • 33 becomes san juu san
    • 44 becomes yon juu yon
    • 55 becomes go juu go
    • 69 becomes roku juu kyuu
    • 78 becomes nana juu hachi
    • 82 becomes hachi juu ni
    • 99 becomes kyuu juu kyuu

That’s it. It’s that simple.

As long as you know the numbers 1-9, and the tens like, “10, 20, 30… 90” you can easily count to 99.

And of course, again, 100 is “hyaku.”

Part 5: Useful phrases with numbers.

  • How old are you?
    • Nan-sai desu ka?
    • 何歳ですか。
  • I am ___ years old.
    • ___ sai desu.
    • __歳です。
      • I am 25 years old.
        • Ni juu go sai desu.
        • 25歳です。
      • I am 19 years old.
        • Juu kyuu sai desu.
        • 19歳です。
      • I am 27 years old.
        • Ni juu nana sai desu.
        • 27歳です。
      • I am 34 years old.
        • San juu yon sai desu.
        • 34歳です。

When it comes to writing your age, you don’t have to write numbers kanji or hiragana.

Writing the number + sai is enough.

  • What’s your phone number/Please tell me your phone number.
    • Denwa bangou oshiete kudasai.
    • でんわばんごうおしえてください。
  • My phone number is 2342-0011
    • Watashi no bangou wa: ni san yon ni, zero zero ichi chi
    • 私の電話番語は2342−0011。

When giving out your number – it’s no different from English. You say each number separately. In English you could say “My number is two three four two, zero zero one one.” And you should do the same in Japanese.

And that’s it.

Conclusion — Back to You

Yes, you. Hey you!

Now, you know how to count from 1 to 100 in Japanese, right? Right? Answer me so that I know I’m just writing to myself! Just kidding. Anyways…

Feel free to print this tutorial out for later review. It’s always good to review things again and again until they’re stuck in your head. You might’ve gotten an understanding of how to count right now, but you might forget some things later.

And here’s the recap of the rules… one more time just to jog your memory.

  1. Memorize numbers 1 to 10
    1. ichi
    2. ni
    3. san
    4. yon/shi,
    5. go
    6. roku,
    7. nana/shichi
    8. hachi
    9. kyuu/ku
    10. juu
    11. Tip: Don’t worry about the multiple readings for 4, 7 and 9 just yet. You’ll learn where and why they’re used later.
  2. For the “tens” like 20, 30, 40, 50… 90, the rule is
    1. Rule: juu + (any number from 1 to 9)
  3. For the in-betweeners, 21-29, 31-39, etc.
    1. Rule: (any 10, 20, 30…90) + (any number from 1 to 9)
  4. And “100” is “hyaku.”

Here’s the next article on how to count in Japanese…

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55 thoughts on “Counting in Japanese 1-100 for Beginners. Easy Lesson!”

  1. If you need a good website to learn Japanese, use japanesepod101, the lessons are just like this and go into more details. Depending on the lesson you even have videos and I only used it for two weeks now and I know how to read and write hiragana.

  2. Thank you so much~ Now I can count pretty well, and I can even quiz my friends! The description of everything was great. Again, *thanks. *ありがとうございました!

  3. Hi, during this community quarantine, I’ve decided to learn Japanese.. And your tutorial is such a help. Thank you!

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  5. Hi i love your japanese 1 to 100 and now i want to go to Japan, and speak japanese know i learn Japanese words, and Thanks for making the tutorial and please make a filipino numbers 1 to 100 ok i love you!!!!!!!!!

    1. bisexual witchygirl

      lol same its really hard to learn from my teacher especially when your teacher doesn’t know any japanese

  6. Asekhona Maya Sinyathelaah

    Thanks I have found this to be so handful especially since Japan is my dream destination in the near future. Thank you so much!

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