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avatar JapanesePod101.com

Hi mina-san!

In this video, you learned three new counters. Can you keep them all straight, including the sound changes?

avatar Harry

Is it a coincidence that Ni-hon is used for long, thin objects and the country of Nihon is long and thin?

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Crawft san,
こんにちは。 :smile:
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Crawft

こんにちは J-POD Team :smile:
When using the word “how many” / “how much”, for example, “How many wars”, what’s the word in Japanese that is used in these cases? Can it be どれくらいの戦争に参戦したのですか?何戦争に参戦したのですか?

avatar JapanesePod101.com

Konnichiwa. :smile:
Thank you for your question.
However, I am sorry I need more explanation.
Could you please provide me with examples or more explanation?
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Raphael

The exceptions for KO and HON are only for the pronunciation or typing as well?

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Kochirakoso yoroshiku onegaishiamsu.
Thank you for your post.
Actually the dog’s name is ‘hachikou.’ :wink:
Yuki  由紀
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avatar MONCOR

Konnichiwa! Ale desu! Yoroshiku onegai shimasu
I think my favorite word here is HACHI KO, because there is a dog named like that. :grin:
Sayounara! :heart: :thumbsup:

avatar JapanesePod101.com

Peter san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Same as English fonts, Japanese has many fonts so even the same letters sometimes look different.
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Peter

Natsuko-san, arigato gozaimasu.
I am not upset, just absolute-absolute beginner :smile:
One more question I do not know where to ask:
Just finished to study Hiragana, and found that “ri” in “Printer Friendly Version” is diferent.
I understand that there is always a difference when handwriting, but, are they both equal or there is some rule?

avatar JapanesePod101.com

I understand your confusion! :sweat_smile:
Kanji we use for those counters with same pronunciation are different, so it’s not
difficult to distinguish. When we speak, we use those counters in a context, right?
So we don’t need to see the kanji for the counter. It’s just what comes with number.
Even if someone uses a wrong counter, it won’t cause a huge misunderstanding.
For instance, if I said in English ‘can I have a glass of coffee’ at cafe, I don’t think
anyone would serve my coffee in a glass. :laughing:
Similarly, if I said ‘I live on 2nd step’, people would be very much likely to understand
what I wanted to say was ‘I live on the 2nd floor’. :grin:

And, yes, the counter has something to do with the subject item.
The counter for ‘floor(s)’ is ‘kai’ written as 階, and this kanji itself represents
‘floor’ (’kai’ is just a reading for this kanji).

Don’t be too worried or upset! :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com