Counting Floors in Japanese – 階 kai

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How to Count in Japanese – Part Ten – Review Notes

There are many ways to count things in Japanese depending on the type of object being counted! In these review notes, we will look at how to count the floors of a building using the Japanese counter 階 (kai).

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Today’s Counter is: 階 (かい – kai)

 You can use the Japanese counter 階 (かい – kai) to count the floors of a building (1st floor, 2nd floor, etc.)

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Number 1:

 The Japanese word for the first floor is 1階 (いっかい – ikkai).

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Number 2:

 The Japanese word for the second floor is2階 (にかい – nikai).

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Number 3:

 The Japanese word for the third floor is 3階 (さんかい – sankai).

 Another way to say the third floor in Japanese is 3階 (さんがい – sangai).

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Number 4:

 The Japanese word for the fourth floor is 4階 (よんかい – yonkai).

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Number 5:

 The Japanese word for the fifth floor is 5階 (ごかい – gokai).

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Number 6:

 

 The Japanese word for the sixth floor is 6階 (ろっかい – rokkai).

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Number 7:

 The Japanese word for the seventh floor is 7階 (ななかい – nanakai).

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Number 8:

 The Japanese word for the eighth floor is 8階 (はちかい – hachikai).

 Another way to say the eighth floor in Japanese is 8階 (はっかい – hakkai).

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Number 9:

 The Japanese word for the ninth floor is 9階 (きゅうかい – kyuukai).

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Number 10:

 The Japanese word for the tenth floor is 10階 (じゅっかい – jukkai).

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Counting Past 10:

 To count more than 10 floors, refer to the numbers below. Try to notice the pattern! (11 is 10 and 1, 12 is 10 and 2, etc.)

   十一階    11    jūikkai

   十二    12    jūnikai

   十三    13    jūsankai

   十四    14    jūyonkai

   十五    15    jūgokai

   十六    16階    jūrokkai

   十七    17    jūnanakai

   十八    18階    jūhakkai

   十九    19    jūkyūkai

   二    20    nijukkai

   二十一   21     nijūikkai

   二十二   22階    nijūnikai

   二十三   23    nijūsankai

   二十四   24    nijūyonkai

   二十五   25    nijūgokai

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Example Sentence 1:

ここ何階ですか。

Koko wa nankai desu ka?

What floor is this (here)?

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Example Sentence 2:

トイレ2階です。

Toire wa nikai desu.

The bathroom is on the second floor.

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Example Sentence 3:

レストラン6階です。

Resutoran wa rokkai desu.

The restaurant is on the sixth floor.

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Conclusion:

Today we learned how to count the floors of a building in Japanese! Check out more lessons on counting in Japanese below!

How to count flat, thin objects

How to count long, cylindrical objects

How to count people

How to count small animals

How to count large animals

How to count birds and rabbits

How to count cars and other machines

How to count liquid in cups, glasses and bowls

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4 comments

  1. Is “third floor” “さんがい” or “さんかい”? Also, this counter is for saying “the first floor”, etc.

    Is the same counter used for counting how many floors there are. For example: “There are 5 floors in the hotel.”

    Comment by KAI on 07/22/2013 at 4:14 pm
  2. Both さんかい and さんがい are perfectly fine!

    The same counter is used, but you have to say it a little differently. (◕ω◕)♪

    You would say: このホテルは5階建てです。(kono hoteru wa gokaidate desu) This hotel is a five-story building / this hotel is a five-floor building.

    Comment by PuniPuni on 07/23/2013 at 12:17 am
  3. I love the kaomoji you use on this site! I was wondering, using a Japanese keyboard, how do you type these eyes? Like, what key would you press? (◕ω◕)

    Comment by Yuki on 05/23/2014 at 9:50 am
  4. Actually, we are not sure what key combination you would need. We just copy-paste. (>ω<); Sorry!

    Comment by PuniPuni on 05/23/2014 at 8:30 pm

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