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Do you know how to count youkan? 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。
When you count a piece of meat, you can use the counter...
Okay, let's count numbers 1 to 10 with this counter.
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter.
Now it's time for a Quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Answer the question in Japanese. Are you ready? Make sure to use the right counter.
Do you know the Japanese confectionery called 'youkan'? This confectionery has a special counter. Can you guess what it would be? The answer is...
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson. I'll see you next time!
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?
切れ
一切れ
二切れ
三切れ
四切れ
五切れ
六切れ
七切れ
八切れ
九切れ
十切れ
マグロを四切れ買いました。
How many fillets of fish did you buy?
一棹
(pause) 切れ
You can use this counter to count slices, fillets and pieces of meat, fish, bread, cake, and so on. The kanji for this counter means "cut", so it literally means the number of cuts.
Did you notice that there were some numbers that sounded different from the usual numbers? Counting 1, 2 and 3 takes a special form. And when you read the number 6 and 10, you should be careful. Yamamori-sensei will give you the right pronunciation once again.
I bought 4 fillets of tuna.
魚を六切れ買いました。
This counter means 'rod'. When you count rods or bars of 'youkan', you can use this counter. For example,
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
For number 1, it's 'hito-kire'
For number 2, it's 'futa-kire'
For number 3, it's 'mi-kire'
For number 6, it's 'ro-kire', not 'roku-kire.'
For number 10, it's 'ju-kkire', not 'juu-kire'
この肉は、一切れいくらですか?
How many pieces of cake are you going to give your younger sister?
羊羹を一棹ください。
How much is 1 fillet of this meat?
妹にケーキを三切れあげます。
and it means "Can I have one whole youkan, please?"
アップルパイを二切れ食べました。
I ate 2 slices of apple pie.

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JapanesePod101.com Verified
October 18th, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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How many fillets of fish do you usually eat? Please answer us in Japanese!

JapanesePod101.com Verified
September 29th, 2020 at 06:11 PM
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Konnichiwa

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シンシャ古マンさん

Well as you can see in this pathway: https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/japanese-counters-for-beginners/

There are not only "futa-" for two items or living thing. But it's true that "futa-" are used pretty often. So it's good to remind futa but also important to remember all other counters.


Rachelさん

文章をありがとうございます。


Keep up the good work and Feel free to ask us any questions.

Sono

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Rachel
September 12th, 2020 at 10:02 PM
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魚を一切れ食べます。

Rachel
September 12th, 2020 at 10:02 PM
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川の氷の中に、俺は鱒を一匹見つけた。食べているんだ、此れを一切れ切った、食べた。未だ空いたんだ、鱒を十切れ食べた。


けど、俺が未だ空いた。

シンシャ古マン
September 27th, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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Is it safe to use "futa-" for two of a certain item, when the counter for one of the same item uses "hito"?

This would be useful to know when encountering a new counter. Thank you for your help.

JapanesePod101.com Verified
October 11th, 2018 at 12:45 AM
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Hi Y,


Thanks for the question!

How do you count big animals then?

>> We use 頭(とう/ tō/ means head in English) to count large animals.


Sincerely,

Miki H

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Y
August 1st, 2018 at 10:17 PM
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This is the lost one. How do you count big animals then?

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October 3rd, 2016 at 04:30 PM
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ニコさん、

こんにちは。

そうですか。

魚好きですね。:smile:

私も魚が好きですよ。

Yuki 由紀

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ニコ
September 26th, 2016 at 11:16 AM
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毎週、魚を百万切れ食べます。:smile::wink::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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April 8th, 2015 at 06:41 PM
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Hao さん,

こんにちは。

本当ですか。Really? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Yuki 由紀

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Hao
April 4th, 2015 at 07:40 PM
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毎日、フィレを百切れたべているよ。:grin: