Counting Small Objects in Japanese with 個

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How to Count in Japanese – Part Eleven – 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 small compact objects using the Japanese counter 個 (ko).

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Today’s Counter is: 個 (こ – ko)

counting ko

You can use the Japanese counter  (こ – ko) to count a wide variety of things such as apples, eggs, and other small compact objects.

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Number 1:

1ko

The Japanese word for the one (small compact object) is (いっこ – ikko).

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Number 2:

2ko

The Japanese word for two (small compact objects) is (にこ – niko).

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Number 3:

3ko

The Japanese word for three (small compact objects) is (さんこ – sanko).

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Number 4:

4ko

The Japanese word for four (small compact objects) is (よんこ – yonko).

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Number 5:

5ko

The Japanese word for five (small compact objects) is (ごこ – goko).

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Number 6:

6ko

The Japanese word for six (small compact objects) is (ろっこ – rokko).

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Number 7:

7ko

The Japanese word for seven (small compact objects) is (ななこ – nanako).

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Number 8:

8ko

The Japanese word for eight (small compact objects) is (はっこ – hakko).

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Number 9:

9ko

The Japanese word for nine (small compact objects) is (きゅうこ – kyuuko).

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Number 10:

10ko

The Japanese word for ten (small compact objects) is 10 (じゅっこ – jukko).

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Counting Past 10:

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

十一 11 jūikko

十二 12 jūniko

十三 13 jūsanko

十四 14 jūyonko

十五 15 jūgoko

十六 16 jūrokko

十七 17 jūnanako

十八 18 jūhakko

十九 19 jūkyūko

20 nijukko

二十一 21 nijūikko

二十二 22 nijūniko

二十三 23 nijūsanko

二十四 24 nijūyonko

二十五 25 nijūgoko

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Example Sentence 1:

みかん3個買いました。

Mikan o sanko kaimashita.

I bought three oranges.

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Example Sentence 2:

2個使いました。

Tamago o niko tsukaimashita.

I used two eggs.

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Example Sentence 3:

りんご4個ください。

Ringo o yonko kudasai.

Please give me four apples.

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Conclusion:

Today we learned how to count small compact objects in Japanese! Next time we will learn about a similar counter, the native Japanese numbers (hitotsu, futatsu, etc.)

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

How to count the floors of a building

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