Counting things in Japanese Using 枚 – mai

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How to Count in Japanese – Part One – Review Notes

Today we learned how to count flat, thin objects in Japanese! 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 flat, thin objects using the Japanese counter 枚 (mai).

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Today’s Counter is:

 You can use the Japanese counter 枚 (まい – mai) to count thin, flat objects. For example, sheets of paper, postage stamps, and plates are all counted using 枚 (まい – mai).

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Number 1:

 The Japanese word for one (flat, thin object) is 一枚 (いちまい – ichimai).

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Number 2:

 The Japanese word for two (flat, thin objects) is 二枚 (にまい – nimai).

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Number 3:

 The Japanese word for three (flat, thin objects) is 三枚 (さんまい – sanmai).

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Number 4:

 

 The Japanese word for four (flat, thin objects) is 四枚 (よんまい – yonmai).

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Number 5:

 The Japanese word for five (flat, thin objects) is 五枚 (ごまい – gomai).

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Number 6:

 The Japanese word for six (flat, thin objects) is 六枚 (ろくまい – rokumai).

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Number 7:

 The Japanese word for seven (flat, thin objects) is 七枚 (ななまい – nanamai).

 Another way to say it is: 七枚 (しちまい – shichimai).

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Number 8:

 The Japanese word for eight (flat, thin objects) is 八枚 (はちまい – hachimai).

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Number 9:

 The Japanese word for nine (flat, thin objects) is 九枚 (きゅうまい – kyuumai).

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Number 10:

 The Japanese word for ten (flat, thin objects) is 十枚 (じゅうまい – juumai).

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Counting Past 10:

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

   十一枚    11枚    jūichimai

   十二枚    12枚    jūnimai

   十三枚    13枚    jūsanmai

   十四枚    14枚    jūyonmai

   十五枚    15枚    jūgomai

   十六枚    16枚    jūrokumai

   十七枚    17枚    jūnanamai

   十八枚    18枚   jūhachimai

   十九枚    19枚    jūkyūmai

   二十枚    20枚    nijūmai

   二十一枚   21枚     nijūichimai

   二十二枚   22枚    nijūnimai

   二十三枚   23枚    nijūsanmai

   二十四枚   24枚      nijūyonmai

   二十五枚   25枚    nijūgomai

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Example Sentence 1:

切符二枚ください。

Kippu o nimai kudasai.

Please give me two stamps.

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Example Sentence 2:

新しいシャツ三枚買いました。

Atarashii shatsu o sanmai kaimashita.

I bought three new shirts.

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Example Sentence 3:

お皿四枚あります。

Osara ga yonmai arimasu.

There are four plates.

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Conclusion:

Today we learned how to count flat, thin objects in Japanese! Next week we will learn more ways to count different things in Japanese so please look forward to it!

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