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Do you know how to count a loaf of bread? You'll find out at the end of this lesson!
Hi everybody! I'm Alisha
こんにちは、 Yamamori です。
When counting inanimate thin or flat objects, you can use the counter...
Okay, let's count from 1 to 10 with this counter. Yamamori-sensei will give you the numbers one by one. Repeat after Yamamori-sensei.
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter. Yamamori-sensei will give you three sample sentences. Listen carefully to what sorts of objects can be counted with 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.
Now we know how to count slices of bread, but how about a loaf? Do you know how to say a loaf?
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?
一枚
二枚
三枚
四枚
五枚
六枚
七枚
八枚
九枚
十枚
CDを10枚、買いました。
How many pieces of paper are there?
一斤
(pause) 枚
Examples of thin or flat objects are paper and cards. We can also use this counter for not totally flat objects like plates and dishes. It doesn't matter if it's circle or a square, so slices of bread, ham and cheese, and CDs and DVDs can be counted with this counter, too.
This counter doesn't change for specific numbers, so it's very easy. Still, there are some tips when you count with this counter. Yamamori-sensei will give you the right pronunciation once again with some key points.
I bought 10 CDs.
紙が7枚あります。
A loaf is usually sliced into 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 slices and is sold in supermarkets, but at bakeries, you can ask for a customized size. For example, you can ask for...
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
For the number seven, it's 'nana mai', because 'shichi mai' sounds very similar to number 1's counter, 'ichimai'.
テーブルに、お皿が5枚あります。
How many slices of cheese did you eat?
食パンを二斤、ください。
There are 5 dishes on the table.
チーズを3枚食べました。
It means, "Can I have two loaves of bread, please?"
毎朝、パンを2枚食べます。
I eat 2 slices of bread every morning.

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JapanesePod101.com
July 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm
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What other objects do you think you can count with the counter 枚 (Mai)?

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February 15th, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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Hi Aldo,


Thank you so much for your comment and suggestion. We are always working on improving our materials, and your opinion is highly valuable!


Please also check out this lesson which also explains about the counter "Mai".

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/new-lesson/?lp=165


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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Aldo Lopez
February 7th, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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Hi Jpod team !


This series are very simple and useful, but I think they could use a little upgrade with more examples, if you should have time to do so, that would make me very happy.


Thank you for all your hard work.

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June 26th, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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こんにちは、サラさん

コメントありがとうございます!


A particle が follows a subject while を comes after an object.

For example, チーズを三枚食べました means "(I/someone) ate three slices of cheese" while チーズが三枚食べました literally means "Cheese ate three slices" and it doesn't make sence.


As for particles, we have Ultimate Japanese Particle Guide on Youtube. Please check them out, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quTMJXgcxN0


Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com

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Miki(美希)

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サラ
June 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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ありがとうございました。質問をしてもいいですか。

I don’t understand when one should use が and when を after something that must be counted. For example why should you say チーズを三枚食べました instead of チーズが三枚食べました? in what cases you use が or を?

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April 3rd, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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こんにちは、Shaun Flanaganさん

コメントありがとうございます!


Does 百斤 means "100 yen shop"? It is usually written as "百均(100均)" or "100円ショップ" in Japanese😄


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Miki(美希)

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Shaun Flanagan
March 13th, 2018 at 2:59 am
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今日は百斤が売れます。

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August 25th, 2014 at 6:46 am
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Maymoona san,

konnichiwa. :smile:

When you use kin as a counter, please follow the pronunciation below.

いっきん

にきん

さんきん

よんきん

ごきん

ろっきん

ななきん

はちきん

きゅうきん

じゅっきん


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Maymoona
August 20th, 2014 at 8:16 pm
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Ok , Mai is easy , but I didn't' get the 斤 very well.

I mean what other things I can count using kin counter?

also, is it follows the rules of 本 pronunciation ?

because いっきん reminded me of いっぽん .

JapanesePod101.comVerified
May 15th, 2014 at 4:07 pm
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ミハエルさん、

こんにちは。

Sorry for late reply here!!


Actually, て form can also describes the "parallel" actions.

So, 使って is really "with using":grin:


I'm glad you're enjoying grammar! :smile::thumbsup:


Natsuko (奈津子),

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ミハエル
May 3rd, 2014 at 12:29 am
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奈津子さん、

こんにちは。


ああ、アイ・ジー。 :D

So, in the first sentence, 使って does not need a nominalizing の as this is the te-form, not a plain form like the dictionary form; nor does 使って need で to denote "by means (of using a pick to playing guitar)". The te-form already suits to express that meaning.

So, literally, the first sentence would translate to "use a pick, then guitar playing is easier," or "..., then the way of playing guitar is easier," using 方, respectively.


In the second sentence, again, using の to nominalize the te-form 使って is not appropriate. Also, rather than the subject marking particle が, the particle はwould be used to emphasize the contrast to the first sentence.


I hope, I understood that well. Anyway, it is fun thinking about it; it is like a riddle - I never had as much fun pondering about grammar in school :D


ありがとう、ダンケ :sunglasses:

ミハエル