Japanese Counters – how to cheat!

Q: Actually, I find the whole notions of counters a complete mess. What’s the counter for dreams? What’s the counter for rivers? What’s the counter for mountains? How about lakes? Stars? – John

A: Japanese is great because if in doubt you can always cheat!  Just use the generic counters, you’ll be understood and if you’re lucky the person you are speaking to will teach you the correct one.   But nobody knows every counter, try asking a friend what the counter for “okoto” is!

Anyway, here’s your cheat list of generic counters:

Numeral Japanese Pronunciation (romaji) Pronunciation (hiragana)
1 一つ hitotsu ひとつ
2 二つ futatsu ふたつ
3 三つ mittsu みっつ
4 四つ yottsu よっつ
5 五つ itsutsu いつつ
6 六つ muttsu むっつ
7 七つ nanatsu ななつ
8 八つ yattsu やっつ
9 九つ kokonotsu ここのつ

So using the cheat counters, how would say 9 coconuts??? : )

One Response to “Japanese Counters – how to cheat!”

  1. #gavin2014 says:

    Is there a counter for dreams?

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