How can I say "I watched 13 episodes so far" in Japanese? What is the counter for episodes?

I also would like to know the right word for episode. Is it 挿話? That's what I found on jisho.org but since there are no example sentences I have no way of knowing whether this is really the right word.

If possible please could you add the word for season? (see my comment to the answer)

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For your purpose, the most often-used word would be 「話{わ}」 followed probably by 「回{かい}」, but not 「挿話{そうわ}」.

「挿話」 is more like an "anecdote" or a little "side-story".

Ordinally, we say 「第{だい}(number)話{わ}」 or 「第{だい}(number)回{かい}」 .

Cardinally, we say 「(number)話」,「(number)話分{わぶん}」,「(number)回分{かいぶん}」, etc.

"I watched 13 episodes so far." =

「第13話まで観{み}た。」(You watched episodes #1 thru #13.)

「13話分(を)観た。」(You watched a combined total of 13 random episodes.)

  • Thank you so much, I'm so glad I asked. If I had used 挿話 this would have ended up in another embarrassing situation where I say something no one understands. > . < Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 23:37
  • I know you ignore comments but I have to try anyway (otherwise I have to make a new question just for one word): What is the word for "season"? Do you mind adding it to your answer? Like e.g. I want to say "I watched 13 episodes of season 1 so far." Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 8:51
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    @ナウシカ You can always ask that as a separate question :-)
    – user1478
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 8:53
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    @ナウシカ I already have four candidates in mind, and this space is too small :-)
    – naruto
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 9:27
  • \(^o^)/ Thank you snailboat and naruto! Ok, I will make a new question. Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 4:18

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