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Do you know how to count sets of cups and saucers?
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 drinks, you can use the counter...
You can use this counter for "a glass of" something and also "a cup of" something.
In Japanese, it doesn't matter if the drink is in a glass or a mug.
Okay, let's count numbers 1 to 10 with this counter.
一杯
二杯
三杯
四杯
五杯
六杯
七杯
八杯
九杯
十杯
Did you notice that there were some numbers that sounded different to how they usually sound?
As usual, there were some numbers of which you should be careful, and those are the numbers 1, 3 and 10.
For number 1, it's i-ppai, not 'ichi-hai.'
For number 10, it's 'ju-ppai' not 'juu-hai.'
For number 3, it's 'san-bai' not 'san-hai'.
Only this number three takes 'bai'.
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences that use this counter.
毎朝、コーヒーを二杯飲みます。
“I drink 2 cups of coffee every morning.”
ビールを三杯、飲みました。
“I had 3 glasses of beer."
毎日、野菜ジュースを一杯、飲んでください。
"Please drink 1 glass of vegetable juice every day.”
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 glasses of juice did you drink?
ジュースを四杯飲みました。
How many cups of tea do you drink every day?
毎日、紅茶を六杯飲みます。
Do you know how to count a set of cups and saucers?
The answer is...
一客
You can use this counter to count sets of cups and saucers, when cups don't have a drink in them.
For example, ティーカップを二客、買いました。
And that means "I bought two sets of teacups and saucers."
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson.
I'll see you next time!

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