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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。
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 counting inanimate thin or flat objects, you can use the counter...
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.
Okay, let's count from 1 to 10 with this counter.
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.
For the number seven, it's 'nana mai', because shichi mai' sounds very similar to number 1's counter, 'ichimai'.
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter.
“I bought 10 CDs.”
“There are 5 dishes on the table.”
“I eat 2 slices of bread every morning.”
Now it's time for a quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Please answer in Japanese. Are you ready? Be sure to use the right counter.
How many pieces of paper are there?
How many slices of cheese did you eat?
Now we know how to count slices of bread, but how about a loaf? Do you know how to say a loaf?
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: 食パンを二斤、ください。
It means, "Can I have two loaves of bread, please?"
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson.
I'll see you next time!