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Do you know how to count flowers?
I'll tell you the answer at the end of this lesson!
Hi everybody! I'm Alisha.
こんにちは、 Yamamori です。
Welcome to Japanese Counters for Beginners, where you'll learn how to count all sorts of different objects in Japanese!
Yamamori-sensei, what counter will we learn in this lesson?
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
When you count books, you can use the counter...
You can use this counter when you count books and anything similar to books.
This means that things that have a cover and pages, such as photo albums and schedule books, can be counted with this counter.
Okay, let's count numbers 1 to 10 with this counter.
一冊
二冊
三冊
四冊
五冊
六冊
七冊
八冊
九冊
十冊
Did you notice that there were some numbers that sounded different to how they usually sound?
When you say the numbers 1, 8 and 10, you should be careful.
For number 1, it's 'i-ssatsu', not 'ichi-satsu'
For number 8, it's 'ha-ssatsu', not 'hachi-satsu'
For number 10, it's 'ju-ssatsu', not 'juu-satsu.'
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter.
机に本が十冊あります。
“There are 10 books on the desk.”
雑誌を三冊買います。
“I'll buy 3 magazines.”
アルバムを二冊作りました。
“I made 2 books of photos.”
Now it's time for a quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Answer it in Japanese. Are you ready? Make sure you use the right counter.
How many books did you read?
本を五冊読みました。
How many notebooks did you buy?
ノートを六冊買いました。
Do you know how to count flowers? The answer is..
一輪
This is the counter used for any flower.
This counter is focused on the shape of a blossomed flower without considering the long stem part.
If you find one tulip in a park, you can say, チューリップが一輪咲いている。
And it means "there is one open tulip."
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson.
I'll see you next time!

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