Numbers above 20

Q: I have a question if you count to twenty it will be ni juu but do you start over from ni juu ichi… and if you got bigger numbers do you pronounce them to a whole like roku sen ni hyaku san juu ichi or can you short it down
– sakurasan

A: Yes to the first, 30 is just three + ten = san jyu,  31 would is three + ten + one = san jyu ichi  etc.

You can’t shorted them down though, you have to say the full words.  But that’s where having words like “man” to mean “10,000” really helps!  Again it’s just a question of practice.  On your next commute try saying everyone number you hear in Japanese and after a couple of days you’ll have no problems!

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