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Questions tagged [numbers]

数字. The various spoken and written forms of words and characters covering digits, numbers, numerals, including derived forms such as ordinals.

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What is the significance of number 8 (八) in Japanese? [duplicate]

I've noticed a couple of words with the character 八 that have (seemingly) nothing to do with the number 8. 八百屋【やおや】 - greengrocer 八つ【やつ】当たり【あたり】 - taking out anger on someone 八丁【はっちょう】 - ...
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What does 中3の25% exactly mean?

I am not sure about the first part of 「中3の25%、短文も理解困難」  Do you read 中 as ちゅう here? 25% of 3 would be 0.75% if I am not mistaken. Therefore does it mean something like 「around 0.75% of the ...
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How do Japanese people group numbers? [duplicate]

Do Japanese people group numbers in 3 or 4? (100,000,000 vs 10,0000,0000)
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How are numbers pronounced in (movie) titles? (i.e. ジョーズ3)

For example, ジョーズ3 (i.e. "Jaws Three") is in a list of movies. Would the "3" be pronounced "さん"? Typically, counter words follow after a number in Japanese. And sometimes the number's reading ...
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#回に#度: probability or sequence?

In a game manual, there is a description of a rare item that sometimes appears instead of a regular one. The rule determining when this rare item appears is this: 16回に1度、Xのかわりに出現。 In an earlier ...
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Meaning of “1部2万”

たかが感想文とはいえ、ほどほどにリアルな文体と内容が好評で、今では俺の量産する感想文は現在1部2万で取引されている。 speaker talking about his trivial job of writing feedback for literature aimed at elementary schoolers, how many is 1部2万 exactly?
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What is the correct pronunciation of 唯一

For the word (or composition of two words): 唯一, sometimes also written as: 唯一つ, Two possible pronunciations come to my mind: ゆいいつ [yuiitsu] -onyomi and ただ ひとつ [tada hitotsu] -kunyomi Which one is ...
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Are typhoons more commonly referred to by number or name?

Do Japanese ever assign a name to a typhoon, or are they always numbered? In most countries the name is more commonly used.
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Mixed Fractions/Mixed Numerals in Japanese

So I know how to read normal fractions (like 1/2) in Japanese but I was wondering how to read mixed fractions (such as 3 1/2). Would one just say 三と二分の一? Thanks.
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Question about the characters on Japanese Yen banknotes

Apologies in advance if this is not the best place for this question. Apologies also that I couldn't "tag" this question very well as I had to fight with the tagging system for 5 minutes before I ...
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What is the equivalent in arabic numbers of 3.2千

Sorry if this question seems to be stupid, but I'm not a japanese speaker, yet I have to "translate" Japanese numbers to Arabic numbers. I have a problem with the chain 3.2千 : according to https://...
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Pitch accent for numbers?

I haven't been able to find a good source online, so I'm asking you guys. What is the pitch-accent rule for numbers? Is 十五 (じゅうご) a 0 or a 1 or a 3 or what? Is there a general pattern? I realize that ...
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Listing things off: Using Hitotsu repeatedly

I've seen shows where they list things (etc rules, principles) with hitotsu for every point. I would expect hitotsu, futatsu... etc, to be the norm but it doesn't seem so. It didn't seem to be a ...
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Reading and translation for “1日目”, “2日目”, “3日目”, etc

I have a list referring to days of classes that reads this way: 1日目 - Ichinichime - Day 1 2日目 - Futsukame - Day 2 3日目 - Mikkame - Day 3 4日目 - Yokkame - Day 4 5日目 - Itsukame - Day 5 And so on (until ...
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How do I say 2100 and 2210 in terms of the 100 and the 10?

Is 2100 nisen hyaku or nisen yihyaku ? Similarly for 2210, nisen nihyaku juu or nisen nihyaku yijuu ?
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The yomikata of 十三

This has been obsessing me for quite a while. While 十三 is normally pronounced ジュウサン, it is often pronounced ジュウゾウ in people's names and also pronounced ジュウソウ in names of places. I am wondering how ...
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Why use 「一〇点」 instead of 「十点」 and how do I read it?

I'm reading the Japanese version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. When Oliver Wood is explaining Quidditch rules to Harry, he says: 輪に入るたびに一〇点だ。 Why say 「一〇点」 instead of 「十点」? How do I ...
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Why is 九時 (9 o'clock) pronounced “Ku-ji” and not “Kyu-ji”?

Why, when saying times in Japanese, does the pronunciation for 九 (9) change? I recently had to figure this out when my Siri wouldn't recognize it when I asked him to set an alarm for 9 o'clock, he ...
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Writing the decimal part of a number after the unit of measurement

日本の記録は2分53秒89で、オリンピックの新しい記録になりました。 The Japanese result was 2 minutes 53.89 seconds and became a new Olympic record. I haven't seen this way of writing a decimal number before, by putting the unit ...
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Is a の said after the first three digtis of 10 phone number?

Lets say my phone number is (123)456-7890. Should I pronounce it as: いちにさん よんごろくの ななはちきゅうゼロ or いちにさんの よんごろくの ななはちきゅうゼロ
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Filling out a cheque - 金

I'm watching a drama and there's a scene with a closeup of a cheque. It shows the box where you would write the amount to pay, which I've parsed as below. What is 金 used for and how is it read? 金額 ...
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Use of 以上 and 以下 with negative numbers

On the temperature in eastern Russia: 気温がいつもの年より10℃以上低い-50℃以上になっている所がたくさんあります。 There are many places that have reached less than -50℃, which is 10℃ lower than usual years. Firstly, I was ...
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Why the same counter word is used for cups and octopuses?

Me and my fellow coworker have been discussing the article on Japanese counter words and this particular case has caught our attention: [Pronunciation]はい hai, ぱい pai, ばい bai; [Spelling]杯, [Use] ...
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Hifumi vs Ichi Ni San

一二三 in Japanese is read as ichi ni san to mean, one two three. But it can also be read as hifumi. What does hifumi mean? From http://quest-for-japan.com/others/one-to-ten-in-japanese-2/ , it says it ...
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Meaning of プレミアついて20万

Context: two high school girls talk about an expensive ring. Girl A:  花江!そのリングどうしたの?それ 今 全然手に入らなくてネットでプレミアついて20万くらいするんだよ。 花江:  知り合いから転売してもらったんだよね。30万で。 I found on dictionaries that プレミアついて ...
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Numbering pages (ex. PAGE ONE)

Although it might seem a tad pointless, I am trying to number pages in a document without using Arabic numerals (0, 1, 2 etc.). I would like the reading to similar to "PAGE ONE" or "FIRST PAGE." I'm ...
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日本人は日本語で番号を書くなら、アメリカの小数点かヨーロッパのを書きますの?

皆さん、こんにちは! 日本人は日本語に番号を書くことを学びますなら、 アメリカ風の小数点(1.0)か、ヨーロッパ風の(1,0)を書くことを学びますか? 日本語だけで尋ねてみたいですよ。 でも私の日本語もよくないんで、すみません。:) ありがとう!:D エディット:今、日本語だけで、英語じゃないです。
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Do Roman numerals have on and kun readings?

I know that kanji numbers can be read using on and kun readings. Does the same apply to Roman numerals?
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How to pronounce 5,60年?

I came across this sentence: 5,60年後の人々の生活がどう変わっているかとても想像できません。 I cannot imagine how the lifestyles of people will change after fifty, sixty years. I am wondering how to pronounce the 5,60年 ...
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How to refer to a place by number

Suppose I'm at a bank and all the service counters are numbered. How can you say something like: Please come to counter number 2. If all the counters were active and numbered in order then I guess ...
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How to read 24-hour clock format

There are a lot of topics on forums in what case Japanese people use 24-hour clock format. But I have never seen how it should be pronounced. It's not hard to say something like 8:05. This is common ...
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Can anybody here substantiate this anecdote in V. I. Arnold's book “Yesterday and long ago”?

It can be found on page 124 of the edition I own and it goes as follows: The abstract idea of a number (independent of what is counted) is not evident, and abstract numbers do not exist in some ...
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数詞も suitable location

How should I determine which place I need to locate 「数詞{すうし} + も」? From my text book example: 1: 毎年何百枚も年賀状を出します 数詞も is now located in front of the noun 年賀状. 2: 卵を六つも食べた Now 数詞も is located in ...
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How egregious a mistake is it to use the wrong reading for a number when counting?

I've learned that the readings for numbers in the context of counting have many irregularities to them (like 二十日 for example). I'm wondering how noticeable it would be to get them wrong. For instance,...
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In conversation can you just say “万円です” or must you say “一万円です”?

I'm pretty sure it's natural to say "百{ひゃく}円です" as a casual abbreviation of "一百{いっぴゃく}円です" in a conversation. Same with "千{せん}円" vs. "一千{いっせん}円". This is similar in English conversation where it is ...
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Reading numbers in Japanese numeral-by-numeral instead of as a number

I was taught that generally numbers in Japanese should be read as: 123 => ひゃく にじゅう さん However, I was wonder if there is any case where the numbers are read one-by-one, like: 123 => いち に さん I ...
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mittsu vs san - what's the difference and what are these two forms called?

I am trying to learn the numbers and I see there are two different translations for the number 3 (and other numbers). When should I use one and when should I use the other? Is there a name for the ...
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How to count with rare counters

How do you pronounce "1–10 + some counter"? I have seen lists of common counters, but they may not contain less common counters, such as ~話 or ~膳. How do I know how to count with rare counters?
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How Could One Read 4649?

In the Japanese version of Smash 4 for the Wii U, if you let the game come up with a name for you, one of the names it pops out is 4649. I'm assuming this is some joke based on the readings of the ...
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How would you say “please give me 10 of this”?

for example, これを一つください is please give me 10 of this. then how should I say if it were 10, 11, 12, and more...?
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Why is 1st floor written as ikkai いっかい?

Should it not be い かい as I thought the counter for floors was -kai ?
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What dialect are these numbers from?

In the ending for the anime "Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear", there's a line where the backup singers (aka the residents of Kumade Village) say いず ぬっ さん すう でーじぇーへーうぃーごー Which I haven't seen translated, ...
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Reading of 七時: why しちじ and not ななじ [duplicate]

Why does 7時「七時」use "しちじ" and not use "ななじ" ?
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つ at the end of a number

I just recently started to learn Japanese and I am a bit confused with some numbers. For example, what is the difference between 七 (なな) and 七つ (ななつ). Is there no difference? Is it just another way of ...
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Questions about counters

My first question is, are counters always required when counting things? Can't I just slap a number in front of the noun? For example,「いちりんご」for 1 apple? Secondly, in Lesson 5 of the Japanese For ...
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How do I read 100°C in Japanese?

In English, I just read it "one hundred degrees Celsius". In Japanese, I don't know how to read it.
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Why some tutorials teach writing Japanese numbers with Hiragana when they are actually written with Katakana (as on-yomi) in dictionaries?

I've just began learning some Kanji by looking-up how the numbers are written (and read) and suddenly bumped into confusion while watching some tutorials. I can hear the tutors pronouncing a number in ...
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Maths sentences: 足す and 掛ける

I noticed a lack of case marking particles in mathematical sentences: 1足す2は3である。 3掛ける4は12である。 足す and 掛ける are verbs, does subject and object analysis apply to this? Do they take on the ...
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Counter for ordinal dates?

More information about ordinal dates here. Say I have the ordinal date 2016-162 (the 162nd day of the year 2016, which would be Friday, June 10, 2016). Could I write it like this in Japanese: ...
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How do you call different methods for writing numbers (notations)?

Are there proper terms for the methods of writing numbers in kanji (literal vs powers-of-10)? 千五百三十六 vs 一五三六 If not (or the terms are too scientific) how to differentiate between them in ...