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Eric: Lori’s story 15, counting on you. Okay Naomi-sensei, I think it’s pretty straightforward this week. We are counting to 999.
Naomi: そうです。999。(Sō desu. Kyū-hyaku kyū-jū kyū.)
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.
(車) (kuruma)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。(Mizuki-san, are wa, nan desu ka.)
水木 (Mizuki) : え?どれですか。(E? Dore desu ka.)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : あれです。(Are desu.)
水木 (Mizuki) : ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。(Ā, are wa, Tōkyō Tawā desu. San-byaku san-jū san-mētoru desu.)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。(Hē. Jā, are wa nan desu ka.)
水木 (Mizuki) : あれは、サンシャイン六十です。(Are wa, Sanshain rokujū desu.)
もう一度、お願いします。今度は、ゆっくりお願いします。(Mō ichi-do, onegai shimasu. Kondo wa, yukkuri onegai shimasu.)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。(Mizuki-san, are wa, nan desu ka.)
水木 (Mizuki) : え?どれですか。(E? Dore desu ka.)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : あれです。(Are desu.)
水木 (Mizuki) : ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。(Ā, are wa, Tōkyō Tawā desu. San-byaku san-jū san-mētoru desu.)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。(Hē. Jā, are wa nan desu ka.)
水木 (Mizuki) : あれは、サンシャイン六十です。(Are wa, Sanshain rokujū desu.)
今度は、英語が入ります。 (Kondo wa, Eigo ga hairimasu.)
(車) (kuruma)
(In the car)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : 水木さん、あれは、何ですか。(Mizuki-san, are wa, nan desu ka.)
EXCHANGE STUDENT: Mizuki-san, what is that?
水木 (Mizuki) : え?どれですか。(E? Dore desu ka.)
MIZUKI: Hm? What? (stops the car)
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : あれです。(Are desu.)
EXCHANGE STUDENT: That, over there.
水木 (Mizuki) : ああ、あれは、東京タワーです。三百三十三メートルです。(Ā, are wa, Tōkyō Tawā desu. San-byaku san-jū san-mētoru desu.)
MIZUKI: Oh, that's Tokyo Tower. It's 333 meters high.
留学生 (ryūgakusei) : へぇー。じゃあ、あれは何ですか。(Hē. Jā, are wa nan desu ka.)
EXCHANGE STUDENT: Ohhh. So, what's that?
水木 (Mizuki) : あれは、サンシャイン六十です。(Are wa, Sanshain rokujū desu.)
MIZUKI: That's Sunshine 60.
Eric: Naomi-sensei, did you know the height of Tokyo Tower?
Naomi: はい。(Hai.)
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 (Tōkyō Skaitsurī).
Eric: That’s a cool name. Tokyo Skytree?
Naomi: But Katakana is spelled as ツリー (tsurī), not tree.
Eric: Well there is no way really to write tree, you know.
Naomi: Yeah we don’t have the R sound.
Eric: Right. You just have to stick with ツリー (tsurī).
Naomi: Yeah. And that would be 610メートル (roppyaku jū-mētoru).
Eric: Why do you know all of this? I am getting really scared here. Wow I mean I know that 333 is…
Naomi: Thanks to Wikipedia.
Eric: Oh okay Wikipedia. What are you, like one huge Wikipedia contributor?
Naomi: そうですか。(Sō desu ka.)
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。(Tsugi wa tango desu.)
Eric: The first word is
Naomi: 東京 (Tōkyō)
Eric: Tokyo.
Naomi: (slow) とうきょう (Tōkyō) (natural speed) 東京 (Tōkyō)
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: 東京タワー (Tōkyō Tawā)
Eric: Tokyo Tower.
Naomi: (slow) とうきょうタワー (Tōkyō Tawā) (natural speed) 東京タワー (Tōkyō Tawā)
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: メートル (mētoru)
Eric: Meter.
Naomi: (slow) メートル (mētoru) (natural speed) メートル (mētoru)
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: じゃあ (jā)
Eric: Well, well then.
Naomi: (slow) じゃあ (jā) (natural speed) じゃあ (jā)
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: へえ~ (heē)
Eric: What, really?
Naomi: (slow) へえ (hee) (natural speed) へえ~ (heē)
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。(Hai.)
Eric: What is it?
Naomi: あれは何ですか。(Are wa nan desu ka.)
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。(Dore desu ka.)
Eric: This どれ (dore) means which and it’s the ど (do) from the こそあど (ko so a do) series I guess I could say of words that point out where things are. So let’s go over the こそあど (ko so a do) structure. The こ (ko) words like
Naomi: これ (kore)
Eric: This.
Naomi: ここ (koko)
Eric: Here. Things that are closer to the speaker. そ (so) words.
Naomi: それ (sore)
Eric: That close to the listener.
Naomi: そこ (soko)
Eric: Over there close to the listener. These words indicate things that are close to the listener. あ (a) words.
Naomi: あれ (are)
Eric: That over there.
Naomi: あそこ (asoko)
Eric: Over there and these words indicate things that are neither close to the speaker nor the listener and ど (do) words.
Naomi: どれ (dore)
Eric: Which one.
Naomi: どこ (doko)
Eric: Where. These are question words asking location. So on to the numbers.
Naomi: はい。(Hai.)
Eric: I am excited. We’ve only counted up to 12.
Naomi: そうですね。12。(Sō desu ne. Jū ni.)
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。(Kyū-hyaku kyū-jū kyū.)
Eric: Uh…Just in case anybody has that shoe size. Alright, so let’s go over 1 through 10. One.
Naomi: いち (ichi)
Eric: Two.
Naomi: に (ni)
Eric: Three.
Naomi: さん (san)
Eric: Four.
Naomi: よん (yon) or し (shi)
Eric: Five.
Naomi: ご (go)
Eric: Six.
Naomi: ろく (roku)
Eric: Seven.
Naomi: なな (nana) or しち (shichi)
Eric: Eight.
Naomi: はち (hachi)
Eric: Nine.
Naomi: きゅう (kyū) or く (ku)
Eric: Ten.
Naomi: じゅう (jū)
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。(Sō.) English numbers 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 eleven.
Naomi: じゅういち (jū ichi)
Eric: Twelve.
Naomi: じゅうに (jū ni)
Eric: Thirteen.
Naomi: じゅうさん (jū san)
Eric: Fourteen.
Naomi: じゅうよん (jū yon) or じゅうし (jū shi)
Eric: Fifteen.
Naomi: じゅうご (jū go)
Eric: Sixteen.
Naomi: じゅうろく (jū roku)
Eric: Seventeen.
Naomi: じゅうなな (jū nana) or じゅうしち (jū shichi)
Eric: Eighteen.
Naomi: じゅうはち (jū hachi)
Eric: Nineteen.
Naomi: じゅうきゅう (jū kyū) or じゅうく (jū ku)
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。(Hai.)
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: 3 10s. さんじゅう (san-jū)
Eric: So you could say that infinitely or not infinitely but until 100?
Naomi: はい (hai), up to 90, yes.
Eric: Let’s do it. 20.
Naomi: にじゅう (ni-jū)
Eric: Thirty.
Naomi: さんじゅう (san-jū)
Eric: Forty.
Naomi: よんじゅう (yon-jū)
Eric: Can you say しじゅう (shi-jū)?
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 of it.
Naomi: My mother uses it.
Eric: Wow okay. Fifty?
Naomi: ごじゅう (go-jū)
Eric: Sixty.
Naomi: ろくじゅう (roku-jū)
Eric: Seventy.
Naomi: ななじゅう (nana-jū)
Eric: And how about this one?
Naomi: しちじゅう? (Shichi-jū?) Some people use it.
Eric: But again you wouldn’t recommend it. Okay, Eighty?
Naomi: はちじゅう (hachi-jū)
Eric: And Ninety?
Naomi: きゅうじゅう (kyū-jū)
Eric: All right. Naomi-sensei, we went all the way up to 90. All right. So let’s practice, Naomi-sensei.
Naomi: はい。(Hai.)
Eric: You know what, let’s have a lightning round. Let’s have a speed round.
Naomi: お~。(Ō.)
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: じゅうきゅう (jū kyū)
さんじゅう (san-jū)
にじゅうさん (ni-jū san)
はちじゅうろく (hachi-jū roku)
ごじゅうなな (go-jū nana)
Naomi: じゅうきゅう (jū kyū)
Eric: 19.
Naomi: さんじゅう (san-jū)
Eric: 30.
Naomi: にじゅうさん (ni-jū san)
Eric: 23.
Naomi: はちじゅうろく (hachi-jū roku)
Eric: 86.
Naomi: ごじゅうなな (go-jū nana)
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 (hyaku)
(slow) ひゃく (hyaku) (normal speed) 百 (hyaku)
Eric: So the word 100 is just that one word, 百 (hyaku).
Naomi: Right.
Eric: And that means 100, right?
Naomi: Yeah, we never say いちひゃく (ichi-hyaku).
Eric: Right because the word 百 (hyaku) by itself means 100.
Naomi: Right.
Eric: So how would you construct a number between 100 and 199?
Naomi: We say 百 (hyaku) first, then add 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 (yon-jū go). So ひゃくよんじゅうご (hyaku yon-jū go).
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 (hyaku).
Eric: So let’s count all the hundreds between 100 and 900. 100?
Naomi: ひゃく (hyaku)
Eric: 200.
Naomi: にひゃく (ni-hyaku)
Eric: 300.
Naomi: さんびゃく (san-byaku)
Eric: Oh the ひゃく (hyaku) there became
Naomi: びゃく (byaku)
Eric: So 300 is
Naomi: さんびゃく (san-byaku)
Eric: 400.
Naomi: よんひゃく (yon-hyaku)
Eric: 500.
Naomi: ごひゃく (go-hyaku)
Eric: 600.
Naomi: ろっぴゃく (roppyaku)
Eric: In this case, ひゃく (hyaku) became
Naomi: ぴゃく (pyaku)
Eric: ぴゃく (pyaku) and not びゃく (byaku) like the 3 did.
Naomi: Stop sound and P sound.
Eric: Alright, 700.
Naomi: ななひゃく (nana-hyaku)
Eric: 800.
Naomi: はっぴゃく (happyaku)
Eric: Oh that’s another ぴゃく (pyaku) right there. 900?
Naomi: きゅうひゃく (kyū-hyaku)
Eric: So we learnt how to count all of the 100s and keep in mind that the ひゃく (hyaku) changes for the 300, 600 and 800s.
Naomi: さんびゃく (san-byaku), ろっぴゃく (roppyaku) and はっぴゃく (happyaku)
Eric: And to make any number in between them, you just add those respective びゃく(byaku)’s and ぴゃく(pyaku)’s with the regular number at the end of it, right?
Naomi: はい。(Hai.)
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: さんじゅうさん (san-jū san)
    きゅうじゅうはち (kyū-jū hachi)
    よんじゅうなな (yon-jū nana)
    にじゅうに (ni-jū ni)
    はちじゅうご (hachi-jū go)
    きゅうひゃくきゅうじゅうきゅう (kyū-hyaku kyū-jū kyū)
    ろっぴゃくななじゅう (roppyaku nana-jū)
    ひゃくさんじゅう (hyaku san-jū)
    ななひゃく (nana-hyaku)
    さんびゃくろくじゅういち (san-byaku roku-jū ichi)
Eric: 33, 98, 47, 22, 85, 999, 670, 130, 700, 361.
100, 777, 95, 16, 60, 800, 319.
Naomi: ひゃく (hyaku)
    ななひゃくななじゅうなな (nana-hyaku nana-jū nana)
    きゅうじゅうご (kyū-jū go)
    じゅうろく (jū roku)
    ろくじゅう (roku-jū)
    はっぴゃく (happyaku)
    さんびゃくじゅうきゅう (san-byaku jū kyū)


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. I will see you next week.
Naomi: じゃ、また。(Ja, mata.)


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