How to Count Everyday Items in Japanese

How to Count Everyday Objects in Japanese — 日用品の数え方

Japanese nouns don’t have a plural form. Instead, a counter called 助数詞 (じょすうし) follows the noun when specifying a number or amount.

Once you learn the counters, you’ll see a pattern as some counters cover a range of items that are similar in shape and form.

Learn how to count clothing, paper, books, e-mail, vitamins, home appliances, and more, up to ten in Japanese. Below are the counters introduced in the video:

一枚 (いちまい)

一本 (いっぽん)

一着 (いっちゃく)

一足 (いっそく)

一個 (いっこ)

一巻き (ひとまき)

一箱 (ひとはこ)

一通 (いっつう)

一件 (いっけん)

一冊 (いっさつ)

一粒 (ひとつぶ)

一脚 (いっきゃく)

一台 (いちだい)

Happy counting!

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