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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Count Kilometers and Kilograms

with Michael Metcalf

Learn how to count kilometers and kilograms in Japanese using the proper pronunciation and shortened Japanese versions of the counter word. Check out this tutorial to further your practice of the Japanese language.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Count Kilometers and Kilograms

Hi, my name is Michael Metcalf and I am a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri in Columbia, for About.com, in this video I will explain to you how to count kilometers and kilograms in Japanese.

In Japanese, Kilogram and Kilometer are Shortened

Now, in Japanese, just like in English, they do have the words, "kilogram" and "kilometer", but in conversation and in counting they shorten both of these into "Kiro". So depending on the context of the conversation, "kiro" can mean either "kilogram" or "kilometer".

Combine the Japanese Phrase with Numbers to Count Kilos

So, now let's count kilo's in Japanese, first, from one to ten. 1 Kiro, "ichikiro", 2 kiro, "nikiro", 3 kiros "sankiro". 4, "yonkiro". 5, "gokiro". 6, "rokkiro". 7, "nanakiro". It's important to note that sometimes you will hear the other Japanese word for seven, "shichi" also used when counting kiros. For example "shichikiro". For 8, "hatchikiro". 9, kyuukiro". 10, "juukiro". For 100 kilograms, it could be, "hyakukiro", but commonly Japanese people contract the "hyaku" and "kiro", into just "hyakkiro". For One thousand Kiro's it's: "senkiro". Sen, meaning a thousand.

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