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Do you know how to count buildings? 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 talking about a floor, you can use the counter..
When you say the floor or storey, you can use this counter. Please note that counting
floors in Japanese starts with the first floor, and there's no "ground floor". This means
that the ground floor IS the first floor in Japanese.
Okay, let's count numbers 1 to 10 with this counter.
一階
二階
三階
四階
五階
六階
七階
八階
九階
十階
Did you notice that there were some numbers that sounded different to how they usually
sound? When you read the numbers 1, 3, 6 and 10, you should be careful. Yamamori-sensei
will give you the right pronunciation once again.
For number 1, it's i-kkai, not 'ichi-kai.'
For number 6, it's 'ro-kkai' not 'roku-kai.'
For number 10, it's 'ju-kkai' not 'juu-kai.'
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter.
私の家は、六階です。
“My apartment is on the 6th floor.”
受付は、二階です。
“The reception is on the 2nd floor.”
ここは、三階です。
“This floor is the 3rd floor.”
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.
Which floor has a cinema?
映画館は、七階です。
Which floor are you going to?
九階に行きます。
Do you know how to count buildings? The answer is...
一棟
You can use this counter for apartment buildings and office buildings.
For example, よく似たマンションが三棟、ならんでいます。
And this means "There are 3 very similar apartment buildings lined up."
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson.
I'll see you next time!

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