Counting Food & Drinks

食べ物の数え方
(たべもののかぞえかた)
How to Count Food and Drinks in Japanese

In Japanese, most nouns don’t have plural forms. Instead, we use different counters depending on what we are counting. Flip through and find out how to count food and drinks.

一品、二品

いっぴん、にひん (ippin, nihin)

counter for dishes (ex: oden)

一人前、二人前

いちにんまえ、ににんまえ (ichininmae, nininmae)

counter for the same dishes (一人前 = a portion for one)

一枚、二枚

いちまい、にまい (ichimai, nimai)

counter for thin items (ex: plate)

一膳、二膳

いちぜん、にぜん (ichizen, nizen)

counter for chopsticks

一膳、二膳

いちぜん、にぜん (ichizen, nizen)

counter for bowls of rice

一個、二個

いっこ、にこ (ikko, niko)

counter for small items (ex: riceball)

一貫、二貫

いっかん、にかん (ikkan, nikan)

counter for sushi

一枚、二枚

いちまい、にまい (ichimai, nimai)

counter for thin items (ex: dried seaweed)

一杯、二杯

いっぱい、にはい (ippai, nihai)

counter for drinks

一合、二合

いちごう、にごう (ichigō, nigō)

counter for sake bottles

一杯、二杯

いっぱい、にはい (ippai, nihai)

counter for bowls of ramen (or any soup)

一玉、二玉

ひとたま、ふたたま (hitotama, futatama)

counter for noodle servings

一本、二本

いっぽん、にほん (ippon, nihon)

counter for long, cylindrical items (ex: dango on a stick)

That was 13 flashcards!

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

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