Counting Ingredients in Japanese

材料の数え方
(ざいりょうのかぞえかた)

In Japanese, most nouns don’t have plural forms. Instead, there are different counters depending on what you are counting. Flip through and learn how to count ingredients in Japanese.

一合、二合
いちごう、にごう (ichigō, nigō)
合: counter for uncooked rice
一斤、二斤
いっきん、にきん (ikkin, nikin)
斤: counter for loaves of bread
一枚、二枚
いちまい、にまい (ichimai, nimai)
枚: counter for slices of bread
一丁、二丁
いっちょう、にちょう (icchō, nichō)
丁: counter for tofu
1ダース
(ichi dāsu)
dozen
一個、二個
いっこ、にこ (ikko, niko)
個: counter for individual eggs
一杯、二杯
いっぱい、にはい (ippai, nihai)
杯: counter for crab and squid
一尾、二尾
いちび、にび (ichibi, nibi)
尾: counter for fish
一塊、二塊
ひとかたまり、ふたかたまり (hitokatamari, futakatamari)
塊: counter for blocks of meat
一本、二本
いっぽん、にほん (ippon, nihon)
本: counter for chicken wings
一枚、二枚
いちまい、にまい (ichimai, nimai)
枚: counter for slices of meat
一玉、二玉
ひとたま、ふたたま (hitotama, futatama)
玉: counter for fresh or boiled noodles
一束、二束
ひとたば、ふたたば (hitotaba, futataba)
束: counter for dried noodles

That was 15 flashcards!

Listen to how the sounds of the counters change from one to ten in the video:

For more, learn how to count food and drinks here.
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