Everybody Counts in Japanese!

Learn Japanese fast! You need money to buy things. It is no different in Japan. Can you count yen? Don’t end up giving away your money because you don’t know the difference between a thousand and two thousand yen bill. I don’t have to tell you how important money is. Enough talk! In this article for beginners in Japanese, learn all about yen coins and bills and how to talk about them. Then take your Japanese counting to the next level by learning larger numbers, from 1,000 to billions. This article for Japanese beginners is packed with all the numerical information you need!

Vocabulary: In this article, you will learn the following words and phrases:

ichi-en – “one yen”

it is – “Yen” (Japanese currency)

Ju – “ten”

hyaku – “hundred”

sen – “one thousand”

ichi-man – “ten thousand”

satsu – “invoice” (money)

sorekara – “and, and then, after that, in addition”

so desu – “That’s how it is.”

size – “coin, ball”

Grammar: In this article, you will learn the following words and phrases:

Vocabulary and useful phrases

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size

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Tama means “round object” or “jewelry”. When a noun precedes it, then we pronounce it lady. Please note that we cannot use size by itself to mean “currency”. The word for coin is cuckoo (“strong money”).

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Expressions from today’s dialogue

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  1. ichi-en lady “one yen coin”
  2. go-on lady “five yen coin”
  3. hyaku-en lady “five hundred yen coin” 

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satsu

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Satsu either o-satsu means “bank note”. the EITHER in O-satsu is an honorific prefix. However, when an amount of money like sen-es, go-sen-in, either ichiman-es precedes this word, the honorific or is not necessary.

Incorrect: sen-en o-satsu

Correct: sen-en satsu

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big numbers

ichi-man-es

“ten thousand yen”

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In the previous article, we introduced you to the Japanese counting system up to 999. In today’s article, you will learn the largest numbers.

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Numbers 1,000-9,000

“One Thousand – Nine Thousand”

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 Number / Roomaji

1,000 / (it is) sen

2,000 / ni-sen

3,000 / saint zen

4,000 / yon sen

5,000 / go sen

6,000 / roku sen

7,000 / nana-sen

8,000 / Hassen

9,000 / kyuu sen

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Numbers 10,000-90,000

“Ten thousand – Ninety thousand

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 Number / Roomaji

10,000 / ichi-man

20,000 / nor-man

30,000 / saint-man

40,000 / yon-man

50,000 / Come on man

60,000 / roku man

70,000 / lullaby-man

80,000 / hachi-man

90,000 / kyuu-man

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Numbers 100,000-900,000

“One hundred thousand – Nine hundred thousand

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Number / Roomaji

100,000 / wow-man

200,000 / nijuu-man

300,000 / sanjuu-man

400,000 / yonjuu-man

500,000 / gojuu-man

600,000 / rokujuu-man

700,000 / Nanajuu-man

800,000 / hachijuu-man

900,000 / kyuujuu-man

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higher numbers

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Number / Roomaji

one million / hyaku-man

ten million / (en) sen-man

one hundred million / ichi oku

billion / juu-oku

ten billion / hyaku-oku

one hundred billion/ (en) sen-oku

a trillion / icchoo

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Practice 1

Translate the following into English:

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  1. zen-san___________________________
  2. kyuu-sen___________________________
  3. sin___________________________
  4. ha-sen___________________________
  5. yon-sen___________________________

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practice 2

Translate the following into English:

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  1. sen hyaku ichi___________________________
  2. yon-sen yon-hyaku yon-juu yon___________________________
  3. roku-sen nana-hyaku___________________________
  4. hassen juu___________________________
  5. nana-sen go-hyaku ni-juu yon___________________________

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Practice 3

Translate the following into English:

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  1. ichi-man___________________________
  2. Come on man___________________________
  3. kyuu-man___________________________
  4. juu-man___________________________
  5. nijuu-man___________________________

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Practice 4

Translate the following into English:

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  1. ichi-man sen________________________
  2. hachi-man roppyaku___________________________
  3. juukyuu-man___________________________
  4. ichi-man sen________________________
  5. ni-man sanzen roppyaku juukyuu___________________________

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Practice 5

Translate the following into English:

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  1. ichi-oku___________________________
  2. san-oku___________________________
  3. juu-oku___________________________
  4. kyaku-oku___________________________
  5. icchoo___________________________

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Practice 6

Translate the following into English:

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  1. rokujuu-oku___________________________
  2. juuroku-oku___________________________
  3. sanzen-oku___________________________
  4. hachijuuni-choo___________________________
  5. roku-choo kyuusen hachi oku___________________________

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Practice 7 Translate the following into Japanese:

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  1. 2,000________________________
  2. 3,333___________________________
  3. 4,500________________________
  4. 1,000________________________
  5. 10,000________________________
  6. hundred thousand___________________________
  7. three hundred thousand___________________________
  8. one million___________________________
  9. three million___________________________
  10. ten million___________________________

 

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