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

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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