Counting in Japanese

Whenever we count during Aikido training, it’s done in Japanese.  Do your best to use your voice properly (loud and clear) so everyone who needs to hear you can.  Be careful not to let your counting become screaming as that would be considered disrespectful.  Counting in Japanese is easy, once you understand the method.  You can count from 1 to 99 simply by learning 1 through 10 and how to combine them.

NOTE: For the pronunciations, each syllable (sound-group) should take the same length of time to say.  For example, the number 21 Ni ju ichi  is pronounced “nee-djyuu-ee-tchee “.  The “nee” in ni should take just as long as the “djyuu” in jyu.The hyphen symbol (“-“) divides each syllable.  Also, the syllable in bold type-face should be pronounced with slightly more emphasis.

1 through 10:

One Ichi ee-tchee”
FourShi / Yonshee” / “yawnn
SevenShichi / Nanashee-tchi” / “nna-nna”
NineKyu / Kukyoo” / “koo

11 through 19 (notice how we are just adding to 10?):

Eleven Ju ichi djyoo-ee-tchee”
TwelveJu nidjyoo-nee”
ThirteenJu sandjyoo-sann”
FourteenJu shidjyoo-shee”
FifteenJu godjyoo-go”
SixteenJu rokudjyoo-roe-koo”
SeventeenJu shichidjyoo-shee-tchee”
EighteenJu hachidjyoo-ha-tchee”
NineteenJu kudjyoo-koo”

Over 20 (notice how 20 is really just 2 10’s and how the alternate pronunciations for 4 and 7 are used):

TwentyNi junee-djyoo”
Twenty oneNi ju ichinee-djyoo-ee-tchee”
Twenty twoNi ju ninee-djyoo-nee”
ThirtySan jusann-djyoo”
Thirty oneSan ju ichisann-djyoo-ee-tchee”
FortyYon juyawnn-djyoo”
Forty oneYon ju ichiyawnn-djyoo-ee-tchee”
SeventyNana junna-nna-djyoo”
Seventy oneNana ju ichinna-nna-djyoo-ee-tchee”
Ninety nineKyu ju kyukyoo-djyoo-kyoo”
HundredHyaku / Byaku / Pyakuhya-ku” / “bya-ku” / ”pya-ku”
ThousandSen / Zensenn” / “zenn
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Note: Three Hundred (San Byaku) is pronounced “sam-bya-koo” and Eight Hundred (Hap Pyaku) is “hap-pya-koo”