The japanese language uses 10 numbers from 0 to 9. (Duh!)
The numbers are:
4 is considered unlucky because shi is also the word for death. You have to avoid four at all cost, especially when looking for presents :smile:
Numbers above 9
Now how to count up to 20? You will surely see the pattern:
Japanese people use a different system to count up to ten (you didn't expect this to be easy did you? :wink:)
From 11 on the jûichi, jûni, jûsan etc is used.
Japanese people cannot count like all of us, they have suffixes to add to a number to express the kind of item that is counted.
-mai is used for flat objects like newspapers or stamps
-hon is used for round, long objects like pencils or flowers
-en is used for money (Yen)
-kai is used for houses
-hai is used for liquids
-nin is used for people
-toe is used for large animals
There are more words used for counting this is just a few.
This chibi-lesson should keep you busy for some time so I can copy Abluebond-sensei this time: