I needed to translate the sentence "Mary has three part-time jobs." What's the counter for "jobs" (baito, shigoto)?

Also, how do I say that "I organized my room"?

  1. You can use ふたつ、みっつ... for counting アルバイト or 仕事:

or (アル)バイト/仕事を3つ掛け持ちしている。

Alternatively, you can also use 2か所で、3か所で... (at 2 places, 3 places...):


  1. How about:

部屋を[片]{かた}づけた。/ 部屋の片づけをした。
部屋を[整理]{せいり}した。/ 部屋を整理[整頓]{せいとん}した。

  • 1. So hitotsu futatsu and nika sanka are used whenever the counted has no counter of its own?
    – holyeyeolo
    Jul 6 '15 at 13:08
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    @user1998628 The counter in 2か所【しょ】 is not か, but か所【しょ】. You can use 一つ【ひとつ】・二つ【ふたつ】 for things that don't have a counter of their own, but [一か所]【いっかしょ】・[二か所]【にかしょ】 are exclusively for places (hence 所, which means "place").
    – senshin
    Jul 6 '15 at 16:18
  • I see, I confused it a bit there since Genki II teaches a specific way of counting. Thank you for all the answers :)
    – holyeyeolo
    Jul 7 '15 at 9:24

I guess "Mary has three part-time jobs." would be translated into "Mary はパートを3件{けん}掛{か}け持{も}ちしている。"

(I am not inclined toward the use of パート to indicate part-time jobs, though .)

As for "I organized my room," I guess @Choko's answer "部屋を片づけた" will do.

  • I have always understood it as 仕事 - Full-Time Work, パート - Part-Time Work, (アル)バイト - Casual Work Jul 6 '15 at 14:10
  • All I can say is the distinction between パート and (アル)バイト is not so strict or "rigourous" as one may want it to be. Here is an opinion -> framgang.net/archives/1730.html.
    – eltonjohn
    Jul 7 '15 at 3:05
  • When I consulted Hello Work (MoHLW), they have made the distinction between both パート and バイト . Even your link makes an attempt at a difference when considering working hours (by law a バイト is only required to work 2 hours a shift) which wasn't in your link. The difference a lot of companies make seems to be the difference between 正社員 and 派遣社員 combined with working hours. バイト are flexible non-permanent, contract staff working 2+ hours a shift any time of the day. パート(タイム) can be either non-permanent, contract staff or permanent staff usually working during normal business hours... Jul 9 '15 at 11:11
  • ...(with the exclusion of some contract staff which may be contracted to work after hours) and who have hours less than or equal to a full time staff member. Then you have 仕事 or フルタイム which consists of usually working during normal business hours as a permanent employee. Also weighing in to the difference is termination. Being terminated when doing a バイト can be an instantaneous firing with no additional compensation whereas a パート usually gets some restitution for being fired according to either their contract or their companies rules. Jul 9 '15 at 11:12
  • Legally, full-time workers get 3 months of job seeking help as well as 1 -3 months pay as a severance (there are also additional bonuses and protection full-time staff get upon severance not listed here). Jul 9 '15 at 11:12

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