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25 October 2006 @ 05:03 pm
水曜日の日本語  
Because numbers suck, today is dedicated to number type stuff (dates and times are kinda special number type things, aren't they?):

午前 「ごぜん」 - A.M.
午後 「ごご」 - P.M. (also afternoon)
何ヶ月 「なんかげつ」 - how many months? (mostly for the freaky little ケ -- fear it!)
枚 「まい」 - counter for flat stuff, like 切符 「きっぷ」
本 「ほん」 - counter for cylindrical stuff, like ビール (in convenient bottle form)
杯 「はい」 - counter for cups and bowls and stuff
冊 「さつ」 - counter for volumes, books, magazines, that sort of thing
匹 「ひき」 - counter for animals. But not birds. I can't count birds.

Now, the freaky irregular numbers used for counting stuff you don't know how to count:

一つ 「ひとつ」 - one
二つ 「ふたつ」 - two
三つ 「みっつ」 - hmmm, this one's probably three
四つ 「よっつ」 - four?
五つ 「いつつ」 - five. I'm fairly certain.
六つ 「むっつ」 - six
七つ 「ななつ」 - can you guess?
八つ 「やっつ」 - the one after that one
九つ 「ここのつ」 - might be nine. Might not.
十 「とう」 - ten ten ten ten, but not 点, nothing to do with 天気 or 天使.

練習 練習 練習 練習 練習 練習をしなくてはいけません。練習をするつもりです。
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asakiyume: hummingbirdasakiyume on October 26th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
the counter for birds is wa: 鳥一羽を見た
Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on October 26th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Wings. Yeah, I occasionally remember it. But it's not like I ever remember 匹 anyway.
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on October 26th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
That's just freaky. What a weird language!