Japanese Language Lesson 11 - Interrogatives and Counters
Please view previous lessons for additional vocabulary and grammar.
In this lesson you'll learn the wide variety of counters in Japanese! Did you know there's specific counters you use depending on a range of circumstances? From flat objects, to tall, cylinder shapes, to small and big animals and even a special counter for tofu! Along with these counters, we'll also go over some basic interrogatives to help you ask who's object it is and what kind of object it is. Good luck studying!
nanmai desuka? ???????? - How many (flat things)?
# + mai ?? - counter for flat objects (t-shirt, paper, stamps, postcards)
ichimai ???? - 1 (flat thing)
nimai ??? - 2 (flat things)
sanmai ???? - 3 (flat things)
nanbon desuka? ???????? - How many (long cylindrical objects)?
# + hon/pon/bon ???????? - counter for long cylindrical objects (umbrella, beer, wine, banana, pen)
* Depending on the mouth position, you will use # + pon (for closed) / # +