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There is no strict rule about this. It's best not to use this "～" symbol denoting a range, when it's meant to be read out loud by someone. But if you really have to, you can read the "～" symbol as "から" in many cases. 3～4行ごと　さんからよんぎょうごと 2月3～5日　にがつみっかからいつか 15～17階　じゅうごかいからじゅうななかい or じゅうごからじゅうななかい 500～600円　ごひゃくえんからろっぴゃくえん or ごひゃくからろっぴゃくえん Note ...

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The following is a summary of this Wikipedia article. A math book called 塵劫記【じんこうき】, published in 1627, was the first book that described (and probably defined) how to count large numbers in Japanese. In the first edition of the book, there was no "4-digit grouping" as we know today, at least for relatively small numbers (smaller than 1 極【ごく】). A ...

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As it turns out, there are Japanese numbers greater than 10! Getting started, let's review the basics: 1 through 9: [一つ]{ひとつ}、[二つ]{ふたつ}、[三つ]{みっつ}、[四つ]{よっつ}、[五つ]{いつつ}、[六つ]{むっつ}、[七つ]{ななつ}、[八つ]{やっつ}、[九つ]{ここのつ} Going above 20, つ changes into そ. Here are the 10s through 90: [十]{とお}、[二十]{はた}、[三十]{みそ}、[四十]{よそ}、[五十]{いそ}、[六十]{むそ}、[七十]{ななそ}、[八十]{やそ}、[九十]{...

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It is in a slightly different order in Japanese. First comes Celsius, then the amount, and degrees at the end. This would be one hundred degrees Celsius written out: 摂氏{せっし}100度{ど} Fahrenheit for example would be similar 華氏{かし}100度{ど} Most of the time saying Celsius is redundant though. If someone asks you what is the temperature, you can just say 26 ...

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「3.2千」 is "3,200". There is no other interpretation possible -- none. That is not a common way to write "3,200" in our daily life, but when discussing statistics where numbers shown are mostly or exclusively in the thousands, we actually use that form. 「千」 in that context is exactly the equivalent of "K" for "1,000" in English. See the 5-6th lines from ...

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yes, you read 中 as ちゅう , and 中３ as ちゅうさん 中３ is a shorthand way of writing 中学校3年生 which is (Japanese) Junior High School 3rd graders or in other words, 9th graders. so 中３の２５％ would be "25% of (Japanese) 9th graders" so the full translation of 「中３の２５％、短文も理解困難」 is "Twenty-five percent of 9th graders have difficulty understanding short passages." ...

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いちに, にさん, さんよん (or さんし), しご, ごろく, ろくしち (or ろくなな) and しちはち (or ななはち) are very common and handy expressions. はちきゅう is understood, but is relatively less common. We don't use よんご for some reason. They are used like this: いちにかい: once or twice にさんにち: 2 or 3 days さんよんまんえん: 30000-40000 yen ごろっぴゃくねん: 500-600 years しちはっぽん: 7 or 8 (e.g. pencils) It's even possible ...

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You can read the time of day in 24-hour format using the pronunciation for the numbers 13–24 as for the numbers 1–10 followed by 時【じ】, e.g. 15:40 = 15時40分 = じゅうごじ よんじゅっぷん 19:20 = 19時20分 = じゅうくじ にじゅっぷん In particular, exceptions to the usual readings are the same 4時 = よじ　 → 14時 = じゅうよじ, 　24時 = にじゅうよじ 7時 = しちじ → 17時 = じゅうしちじ 9時 = くじ　 → 19時 = じゅうくじ The same ...

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Numbers written with Arabic numerals are usually positional. The place value of each digit depends on its position in the sequence: 1b2 + 2b1 + 3b0 = 123 Numbers written with kanji are typically non-positional. Although they usually appear in the same order, rather than use position alone to indicate their place value, they're generally combined with ...

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The reading depends on the situation. In a scientific or technical environment Chris's answer is 100% correct. However, in conversational non-technical situations it is read differently. When speaking with someone you can say [度シー]{どしー} for Celsius. However, in Japan the standard for expressing temperature is metric, so there is no need to clarify that ...

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That would be one fish tank and two trophies, all of which are placed on top of something (その上).　At least, that is how nearly every native speaker would read that sentence. If it were the word 「ふたつ」 that was confusing you, it would not be used to count two totally unrelated items such as a fish tank and a trophy when there is one of each. It is not like ...

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Here is a good list of numbers in [大和言葉]{やまとことば}. http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/~ts/language/number/ancient_japanesej.html Beginning and intermediate Japanese-learners may think that we only use 1-10 from the list in Modern Japanese, but that is not true. For instance, native speakers frequently use these to tell people's ages euphemistically. はたち (20)、みそじ (30)...

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They are not grammatical phrases. We just read the symbols verbatim like: [⁠1]{いち} [+]{たす} [⁠2]{に} [=]{は} [⁠3]{さん} It has nothing different than saying: [⁠1]{いち} [+]{プラス} [⁠2]{に} [=]{イコール} [⁠3]{さん} which is also commonly heard. Though we have both [+]{たす／プラス} and [−]{ひく／マイナス}, [×]{かける} and [÷]{わる} only have native pronunciations. See this link for common ...

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Odd readings of 三: looking back in the history I've read here and there that researchers think that the Chinese-derived reading さん was originally borrowed as さむ. This is based partly on the reconstructed Middle Chinese reading of /sɑm/, and partly on the fact that Old Japanese (the stage of the language when most kanji were borrowed) didn't have any ん yet. ...

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Using 一つ for every entry is actually an older and more traditional style of listing than using sequential numbers. Historically, Japan didn't have a tradition of assigning numbers to listed items; each item would simply be marked with 一 or 一つ to indicate that it was "one" of a set of items, in a similar manner to a bulleted list. This style of listing is ...

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Numbers in English and most "western" languages are still influenced by Roman numerals, where 1000 = M = mille was the largest number that had its own, non-compound name. Japanese took its numerals originally from Chinese, where there is a separate character for "ten thousand". It also has characters for larger numbers, but groupings of 5 or more are ...

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The counting system for large numbers is almost the same as Western numbers, except that digits are delimited into blocks of four instead of three. You add "thousand, million, billion, trillion, ..." for each 3 digit, and in Japanese, we add "万, 億, 兆, 京【けい】, ..." for each 4 digit. The "correct" format to write long numbers depends on the situation. ...

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I think it's [４]{よ}[６]{ろ}[４]{し}[９]{く}......

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Because it's a long tradition of kanji dictionaries, succeeded from the "first Japanese kanji dictionary" 漢和大字典. Technically, kanji were foreign notions in Japanese; on'yomi was the pronunciation, and kun'yomi was its definition in Japanese. Therefore, it's very natural that they used katakana to mark the former, and hiragana for the latter. Suppose there's ...

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You must say 「一万円{いちまんえん}です」 and 「一億円{いちおくえん}です」 using the number 「一/1」. It is just a custom we have and adhere to and those customs die hard in any culture. Saying those two phrases without using 「一/1」 will make one sound very unnatural. If I heard 「まんえん」 by itself without any context, I would definitely think of the word 「蔓延{まんえん}」 ("spread", "prevail", ...

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No, 百円 is not the abbreviation of 一百円. The basic rules students learn at school are: Always append 一【いち】 before 万, 億, 兆 and other larger four-digit grouping units Do not append 一【いち】 before 十, 百 and 千 See Wikipedia for examples. (Particularly, note that 1000 is always せん, not いっせん, according to elementary textbooks) If you want to practice, use this paper ...

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You might know that every time numbers appear in Japanese, they are usually accompanied by a counter word, e.g. つ, 個, 回, 番, ... To say "three items" you can say 3つ, "3 pieces" is 3個, "three times" is 3回, "number three" is 3番. To make the number into an ordinal, e.g. "three" into "third", you simply add 目 as so 3つ目 third item 3個目 third piece 3番目 ...

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In 12 years living in Tokyo the only place I see kanji numbers is on some restaurant menus and places going for an old-fashioned look. Arabic numbers are the norm for times, dates etc. in almost all aspects of daily life. Kanji is standard for labels though. So your examples would be typically be written as: 今、7時15分です。( 7:15 much more common for time of ...

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This largely depends on whether you write horizontally (横書【よこが】き) or vertically (縦書【たてが】き). In horizontal writing, Arabic numeral are preferred in almost all cases. 「2014年10月25日」 is the most common way. Things are different and difficult in vertical writing. Kanji numbers (Kansuji; 漢数字【かんすうじ】) are much more preferred than in horizontal writing, but Arabic ...

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You are almost there. ~全部{ぜんぶ}3つ~ sounds definitely off, but 3つ全部{ぜんぶ} is fine. The first, the second, the third... 一番目{いちばんめ}、二番目{にばんめ}、三番目{さんばんめ} Slightly more formal tone. 1つ目{め}、2つ目{め}、3つ目{め} Slightly more casual tone, perhaps used more often between people of equal / similar status. All 3 of them, all of them 3つとも これらすべて 3つすべて 全部 If there were 2 ...

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Today, きゅう is the default (i.e. productive) on-yomi pronunciation of 九 (or 9) for counting most things, and only a small portion of words requires く. Always: hours (o'clock) (9時, 19時), dates (19日, 29日), month name (9月) Preferred or alternative to きゅう: hours (duration) (9時間, 19時間...), years (9年(間), 2009年...), people (9人, 19人...), degree (29度, 39度...), bare ...

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It depends on whether you are counting to yourself or displaying for others. To count with your fingers for others to see, raise your hand and face your palm outward. Holding no fingers up in this position (a fist) is zero. Extending your index finger indicates one, and extending the other fingers (in addition to the ones already up) going towards the pinky ...

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Think like this: All nouns in Japanese are uncountable. You can't count apples any more than you count water or light. Thus under Japanese grammar you always have to say "two 'objects' of apple", "four 'sticks' of banana" and "seven 'bodies' of dog", as if they are "two bottles of water" or "four rays of light" etc. りんご一つ／一個 an object of apple = an apple ...

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So do you know ひとつ, ふたつ, みっつ and so on, the "traditional Japanese" version of counting one to ten? "ひ, ふ, み, ..." (or "ひい, ふう, みい, ...") is just an abbreviated version of this, and is occasionally used by some (older) people to count things with fingers. Today, ひふみ is also known as a rare Japanese person name (both as a first name and a last name). Hifumi ...

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