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Are any of these numbers similar to the numbers in your native language? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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When we count from 1 to 10, we usually use on-yomi (comes from the ancient Chinese). The on-yomis of 4, 7 and 9 are し, しち and く respectively. ４（し） is the same sound of the word 死（し）- death, so people started avoiding to use that sound but instead stuck with the other sound from its kun-yomi (Japanese reading) よん. For 7, しち sounds like １（いち）or ８（はち）, so then people prefer to use its kun-yomi なな to not get confused. ９ has the same reason as ４. く is the same sound of the word 苦（く）- "suffer," so then people started avoiding this sound but instead, used きゅう, its kun-yomi. Back then, people were more religious and superstitious, but today, we use both sounds without thinking.
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why there are some numbers that have two pronounciation like no.4 and no.7??
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ありがとうございます！I was wondering how to count past 99 in Japanese! This really helped! 😄
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It's written "r" but the pronunciation is "l" sound.👍
0=rei (try to say "lei") and it's going to be a lot better. 😄
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I have trouble pronouncing the "r" sounds in Japanese, such as ri or rei. It sounds similar to a "d" sound to me. Please help.
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Thank you, i love how you design these cards with examples, very helpful, i'd love to have a copy of the pdf please
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