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Eric: Welcome to japanesepod101.com, newbie lesson, Lori’s story 15, counting on you. My name is Eric and I am accompanied by Naomi Sensei.
Naomi: こんにちは。
Eric: こんにちは。
Naomi: よろしくお願いします。
Eric: よろしくお願いします。 Okay Naomi Sensei, I think it’s pretty straightforward this week. We are counting to 999.
Naomi: そうです。999.
Eric: Wow! Hey let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What’s Lori doing today?
Naomi: Actually Lori is not going to appear in the dialogue.
Eric: What – what, is she on vacation? I mean, I know it’s summer time but hey, what is she doing?
Naomi: She is shopping in the department store.
Eric: Wait! So Lori is out there buying shoes still?
Naomi: Uhoo….
Eric: So who is the conversation between today?
Naomi: Mizuki-san and another exchange student.
Eric: Uh..the plot thickens. Let’s listen.
留学生: 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。
水木: え?どれですか。
留学生: あれです。
水木: ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。
留学生: へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。
水木: あれは、サンシャイン六十です。
留学生: 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。
水木: え?どれですか。
留学生: あれです。
水木: ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。
留学生: へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。
水木: あれは、サンシャイン六十です。
(In the car)
留学生: 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。
EXCHANGE STUDENT: Mizuki-san, what is that?
水木: え?どれですか。
MIZUKI: Hm? What? (stops the car)
留学生: あれです。
EXCHANGE STUDENT: That, over there.
水木: ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。
MIZUKI: Oh, that's Tokyo Tower. It's 333 meters high.
留学生: へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。
EXCHANGE STUDENT: Ohhh.So, what's that?
水木: あれは、サンシャイン六十です。
MIZUKI: That's Sunshine 60.
Eric: Naomi Sensei, did you know the height of Tokyo tower?
Naomi: はい。
Eric: Does everybody know?
Naomi: Not sure.
Eric: Is it common sense?
Naomi: Uhhhh.
Eric: Ae but the new tower, that’s going to be something amazing.
Naomi: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah 東京スカイツリー.
Eric: That’s a cool name. Tokyo Skytree.
Naomi: But Katakana is spelled as ツリー, not tree.
Eric: Well there is no way really to write tree you know.
Naomi: Yeah we don’t have R sound.
Eric: Right. You need to set to stick with ツリー
Naomi: Yeah. And that would be 610メートル。
Eric: Why do you know all of this? I am getting really scared here. Wow I mean I know that 333 is…
Naomi: Through Wikipedia.
Eric: Oh okay Wikipedia. What are you like one huge Wikipedia contributor?
Naomi: そうですか。
Eric: You know, 333 is easy to remember but you could just pull 600 – but hey, for those of you who still don’t know what we are talking about, we are going to learn all of these numbers right now. Okay on to the vocabulary.
Naomi: 次は単語です。
Eric: The first word is
Naomi: 東京
Eric: Tokyo.
Naomi: (slow)とうきょう (natural speed) 東京
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: 東京タワー
Eric: Tokyo tower.
Naomi: (slow)とうきょうタワー (natural speed) 東京タワー
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: メートル
Eric: Meter.
Naomi: (slow)メートル (natural speed) メートル
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: じゃあ
Eric: Well, well then.
Naomi: (slow)じゃあ (natural speed) じゃあ
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: へえ~
Eric: What, really.
Naomi: (slow)へえ (natural speed) へえ~
Eric: All right. First let’s take a look at an oldie, an old phrase we learned a while back in lesson 2, right Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: はい。
Eric: What is it?
Naomi: あれは何ですか?
Eric: What is that over there and if you are not too sure what they are pointing at or what they are talking about, you will ask which one.
Naomi: どれですか?
Eric: This どれ means which and it’s the ど from the こそあど series I guess I could say of words that point out where things are. So let’s go over the こそあど structure. The こ words like
Naomi: これ
Eric: This.
Naomi: ここ
Eric: Here. Things that are closer to speaker. そ words.
Naomi: それ
Eric: That close to the listener.
Naomi: そこ
Eric: Over there close to the listener. These words indicate things that are close to the listener. あ words.
Naomi: あれ
Eric: That over there.
Naomi: あそこ
Eric: Over there and these words indicate things that are neither close to the speaker nor the listener and ど words.
Naomi: どれ
Eric: Which one.
Naomi: どこ
Eric: Where. These are question words asking location. So on to the numbers.
Naomi: はい。
Eric: I am excited. We’ve only counted up to 12.
Naomi: そうですね。12.
Eric: That’s right and we even mentioned the number 26.
Naomi: Right because that’s Lori’s shoe size.
Eric: That’s right. But now we are going to count up to 999.
Naomi: 999.
Eric: Uh…Just in case anybody has that shoe size. Alright, so let’s go over 1 through 10. One?
Naomi: いち
Eric: Two.
Naomi: に
Eric: Three
Naomi: さん
Eric: Four
Naomi: よん or し
Eric: Five
Naomi: ご
Eric: Six
Naomi: ろく
Eric: Seven
Naomi: なな or しち
Eric: Eight
Naomi: はち
Eric: Nine
Naomi: きゅう or く
Eric: Ten
Naomi: じゅう
Eric: All right and every other number between 10 and 100 is just a combination of these first ten numbers. Alright, so let’s see how do we count the 10s Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: We say Ten first. Then add the number.
Eric: Okay so 10 and then the extra number. It’s actually simpler than English.
Naomi: そう。 English number are tough.
Eric: That’s right because you know we have teens and all that but here it’s just 10 and the extra number. So let’s go on to 11.
Naomi: じゅういち
Eric: Twelve.
Naomi: じゅうに
Eric: Thirteen.
Naomi: じゅうさん
Eric: Fourteen.
Naomi: じゅうよん or じゅうし
Eric: Fifteen.
Naomi: じゅうご
Eric: Sixteen.
Naomi: じゅうろく
Eric: Seventeen.
Naomi: じゅうなな or じゅうしち
Eric: Eighteen.
Naomi: じゅうはち
Eric: Nineteen
Naomi: じゅうきゅう or じゅうく
Eric: And you will notice that the number 19 has two ways of saying it and just as you notice between 1 through 10, 4, 7 and 9 having two special readings. Same thing with all the 4, 7, and 9s in between 1 and 100. And now, on to 20 and beyond.
Naomi: はい。
Eric: All right. At least the 10s like the basic ones like 20, 30, 40, 50 and so on. How do you make those?
Naomi: They are made out of 10s.
Eric: Wait, wait what do you mean?
Naomi: Like we say 2 10s for 20.
Eric: And how about for 30?
Naomi: Three 10s. さんじゅう。
Eric: So you could say that infinitely or not infinitely but until 100?
Naomi: はい。 up to 90 yes.
Eric: Let’s do it, 20.
Naomi: にじゅう
Eric: Thirty.
Naomi: さんじゅう
Eric: Forty.
Naomi: よんじゅう
Eric: Can you say しじゅう?
Naomi: Yeah in the old way, yes.
Eric: But you wouldn’t recommend it?
Naomi: I don’t personally recommend it.
Eric: Does anybody actually use it? I have never heard it.
Naomi: My mother uses it.
Eric: Wow okay. Fifty?
Naomi: ごじゅう
Eric: Sixty
Naomi: ろくじゅう
Eric: Seventy
Naomi: ななじゅう
Eric: And how about this one?
Naomi: しちじゅう? Some people use it.
Eric: But again you wouldn’t recommend it. Okay Eighty?
Naomi: はちじゅう
Eric: And Ninety?
Naomi: きゅうじゅう
Eric: All right. Naomi Sensei, we went all the way up to 90. All right. So let’s practice Naomi Sensei.
Naomi: はい。
Eric: You know what, let’s have a lightning round. Let’s have a speed round.
Naomi: お~。
Eric: Okay so everybody Naomi Sensei is going to say 5 numbers in a row and I want you to say it in English as quickly as you can and then I am going to come back and tell you the answers.
Naomi: 19,30,23,86,57
Naomi: じゅうきゅう
Eric: 19
Naomi: さんじゅう
Eric: 30
Naomi: にじゅうさん
Eric: 23
Naomi: はちじゅうろく
Eric: 86
Naomi: ごじゅうなな
Eric: 57. So how did you all do? Did you do good? If you probably noticed that we didn’t tell you exactly how to make, how to construct all of these numbers before we started. We just gave you the basic 20, 30, 40, 50 up to 90 and as you can see, it’s really easy to make these numbers. You just get to 20, 30, 40, 50s and add the number at the end of those. Right so you say how many 10s you want and then you say the number. It’s really easy. Alright, so let’s go on to 100.
Naomi: 百。ひゃく。百。
Eric: So the word 100 is just that one word 百.
Naomi: Right.
Eric: And that means 100 right?
Naomi: Yeah we never say いちひゃく
Eric: Right because the word 百 by itself means 100.
Naomi: Right.
Eric: So how would you construct a number between 100 and 199?
Naomi: We say 百 first, then the number.
Eric: You mean like the regular number, the way we just learned it?
Naomi: Yes.
Eric: Wow that’s really easy. So if I were to ask you, what’s 145?
Naomi: Okay 45 is よんじゅうご. So ひゃくよんじゅうご。
Eric: That’s pretty straightforward.
Naomi: Right.
Eric: And to count the 100s, 200, 300, 400, 500?
Naomi: It’s simple. We put the number of hundreds we want and say 百.
Eric: So let’s count all the hundreds between 100 and 900. 100?
Naomi: ひゃく
Eric: 200
Naomi: にひゃく
Eric: 300
Naomi: さんびゃく
Eric: Oh the ひゃく there became
Naomi: びゃく
Eric: So 300 is
Naomi: さんびゃく
Eric: 400
Naomi: よんひゃく
Eric: 500
Naomi: ごひゃく
Eric: 600
Naomi: ろっぴゃく
Eric: In this case, ひゃく became
Naomi: ぴゃく
Eric: ぴゃく and not びゃく like the 3 did.
Naomi: Stop sound and P sound.
Eric: Alright, 700
Naomi: ななひゃく
Eric: 800
Naomi: はっぴゃく
Eric: Oh that’s another ぴゃく right there. 900?
Naomi: きゅうひゃく
Eric: So we learnt how to count all of the 100s and keep in mind that the ひゃく changes for the 300, 600 and 800s.
Naomi: さんびゃく、ろっぴゃく and はっぴゃく
Eric: And to make any number in between them, you just add those respective びゃく’s and ぴゃく’s with the regular number at the end of it, right?
Naomi: はい。
Eric: All right. Let’s practice between 1 and 999. Even though I say practice, it’s more like a quiz. Alright, so let’s start. From numbers between 1 and 99. First we are going to say some numbers in Japanese and I want all of you listeners to say it in English to yourselves and then I will say the answer and then I will say a number in English and you think of it in Japanese. And later Naomi Sensei will tell us the answer. Let’s start.
Naomi: 33, 98, 47, 22, 85, 999, 670, 130, 700, 361. 100, 777, 95, 16, 60, 800, 319.
Eric: 33, 98, 47, 22, 85, 999, 670, 130, 700, 361. 100, 777, 95, 16, 60, 800, 319.
Naomi: 33, 98, 47, 22, 85, 999, 670, 130, 700, 361. 100, 777, 95, 16, 60, 800, 319.


Eric: All right. So how do you all feel about numbers? You can count to 999 now. So go ahead and start counting everything around you especially your money. Start counting your pennies if you are like me. So it’s about time to wrap it up now but before we go, I want to remind you about the bonus track that we have every once in a while on this feed. Bonus tracks offer you Japanese without training wheels. This is a real good chance to challenge your listening comprehension. There is no translation and no transcript. So it’s a solid source of discovery and discussion in the forums and just on the japanesepod101.com site in general. Check them out, I will see you next week.
Naomi: じゃ、また。


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Mina-san, Have you ever been to Tokyo tower? If you haven't, what's the tallest building in your country?

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Hi Tiara Newman,

Thank you for the question!

How do I say "I only know little Japanese, and I speak English!."




Watashi wa Eigo o hanashi masu. Nihongo o sukoshi dake shitte imasu.

"I speak Japanese."

>> 私は日本語を話します。


Watashi wa Nihongo o hanashi masu.

I hope this helps.


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August 30th, 2018 at 08:56 AM
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How do I say "I only know little Japanese, and I speak English!."


"I speak Japanese."

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January 29th, 2016 at 10:02 PM
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That makes the sentence slightly easier to construct in order to convey my meaning. And looking at it, I know this already :flushed: can't believe I missed it.


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Your sentences are perfect except the third one.

もう means ‘already’ so it should be used with the past tense therefore, the sentence should be もう見ました.

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January 19th, 2016 at 10:49 PM
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た form is still new to me, but I think I have got it.:grin:



(I have been to Tokyo. In addition I have been to Osaka, but I have not been to Okinawa.)


(I have read this book, but i haven't read that book.)

Using the example you gave could I add it もう, like I have below, to slightly change the sentence.


(I have already seen that movie)


(I haven't played tennis.)


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‘have done’ isたform + ことがあります and ‘have not done’ isた form + ことがありません.

Therefore, ‘I have seen the movie’ is ‘その映画を見たことがあります.’


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January 12th, 2016 at 08:48 PM
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イギリスのもっとも高いビルはゼーシャード。僕はゼーシャードに行きません。(The UK's tallest building is The Shard. I have not been.)


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