Counter Suffixes

30 Dec

In about four hours (from when I wrote this), it’ll be New Years Eve (in JST (Japan Standard Time)).
Soon it’ll be 2009! Time flies!

I was just reviewing one of my Japanese language books and decided to add another lesson here (click here for another one I wrote last month).

If you study Japanese, please leave a comment and let me know if this is helpful, too easy, or too difficult. (As with all of the 漢字 (kanji) on my blog, if you hold you mouse over it…you’ll see the ふりがな pop-up.)

The examples written in red are exceptions to the rule.

物の数え方 (Counter Suffixes)

  • People: ~ (一人, 二人, 三人)
  • Small item: ~ (一個, 二個, 十個)
  • Books, magazines: ~ (一冊, 二冊, 八冊)
  • Paper money (bills): ~ (千円札, 一ドル札)
  • Pairs of shoes or socks: ~ (一足, 三足, 四足, 何足)
  • Glass, cup, spoonful: ~ (一杯, 二杯, 何杯)
  • Dog, cat, insect: ~ (一匹, 二匹, 十匹)
  • Cylindrical items: ~ (一本, 二本, 八本)
  • Birds: ~ (一羽, 三羽, 十羽)
    (ie: 千羽鶴 (1000 origami Cranes))
  • Cars, phones, TVs: ~ (一台, 何台)
  • Flat items (sheets of papers, etc): ~ (一枚, 何枚)
  • Age: ~ (二歳, 二十歳, 何歳)
  • Place, Rank: ~ (三位)
  • Number of times: ~ (一回)
  • Pieces of mail: ~ (三通)

7 Responses to “Counter Suffixes”

  1. tokyo5 January 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    jason kenny…

    Sorry. What do you mean?


  2. jason kenny January 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    add more plants and put out food for them


  3. tokyo5 December 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm #


    Thanks for commenting on my site. Please visit and comment anytime!

    Thanks for the quote and link (here: )


  4. mobied December 31, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    Hello Tokyo5!
    Thanks very much for the comment, I am gonna quote that!
    it’s always time to learn something new, and, feel free to comment anything. it is a new blog and it is a challenge for me to write in a foreign language.
    happy new year.


  5. tokyo5 December 31, 2008 at 2:30 pm #


    Thanks. Happy New Year to you, too.


  6. Wayne December 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Happy New Year my friend!


  7. tokyo5 December 31, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    It’s New Years Eve now.
    In less than 24 hours it’ll be 平成21年 (2009).


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