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Other counters こ。 (ko.) ほん。 (hon.) And まい。 (And mai.) . In the previous lesson, you learned the most general counter つ (tsu) such as ひとつ、ふたつ、みっつ。 (hitotsu, futatsu, mittsu.) . In this lesson, you are going to learn more counter suffixes like こ (ko) ほん (hon) and まい (mai) . We use こ (ko) to count small or round objects. So just attach こ (ko) to the number of small or round objects. How many balls are there? 三こ。 (san-ko.) How many eggs 八こ。 (hachi-ko.) Next is ほん (hon) which is used to count long objects such as bottles, pencils or tubes. So just attach ほん (hon) to the number of long objects. Here I have some bottles. How many water bottles do you see? 五ほん。 (go-hon.) Here I have some pencils, how many do you see? 二ほん。 (ni-hon.) Third, we have まい (mai) which we use for flat, thin objects such as sheets of paper or tickets. So just add まい (mai) to the number of flat objects. Here I have some japanesepod101.com CDs. How many CDs do we have? 七まい。 (nana-mai.) And how many pieces of paper 九まい。 (kyū-mai.) Now it’s time for Hiroko’s hint. Please note that sound changes take place after certain numbers. These changes are different from counter to counter. As you can see from this chart, you should watch out for the numbers 1, 3, 6, 8, and 10 いっこ。にこ。さんこ。よんこ。ごこ。ろっこ。ななこ。はちこ。きゅうこ。じゅっこ。 (I-kko. Ni-ko. San-ko. yon-ko. Go-ko. Ro-kko. Nana-ko. Hachi-ko. Kyū-ko. Ju-kko.) いっぽん。にほん。さんぼん。よんほん。ごほん。ろっぽん。ななほん。はっぽん。きゅうほん。じゅっぽん。 (I-ppon. Ni-hon. San-bon. Yon-hon. Go-hon. Ro-ppon. Nana-hon. Ha-ppon. Kyū-hon. Ju-ppon.) but there are no special pronunciations for まい (mai) . In the next lesson, you are going to learn how to tell time. See you next time.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi mina-san!

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

glory
April 19th, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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arigatho gozaimasu!! Can some pls tel, how to count the objects above 10, using general and koi, mai and hon counters?

Harry
December 25th, 2016 at 1:41 am
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Is it a coincidence that Ni-hon is used for long, thin objects and the country of Nihon is long and thin?

July 4th, 2016 at 11:44 am
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Crawft san,
こんにちは。 :smile:
「いくつの戦争に参戦したのですか。」がいいですよ。
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Crawft
June 23rd, 2016 at 3:31 am
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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?

June 14th, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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Raphaelさん、
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?
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Raphael
June 1st, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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Konnichiwa!
The exceptions for KO and HON are only for the pronunciation or typing as well?

April 18th, 2016 at 12:47 am
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MONCOR さん、
Konnichiwa.
Kochirakoso yoroshiku onegaishiamsu.
Thank you for your post.
Actually the dog’s name is ‘hachikou.’ :wink:
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MONCOR
April 10th, 2016 at 2:17 pm
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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:

February 8th, 2016 at 12:26 am
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Peter san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Same as English fonts, Japanese has many fonts so even the same letters sometimes look different.
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Peter
February 1st, 2016 at 4:11 am
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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?