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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Count Money

with Michael Metcalf

Counting money in Japanese involves careful pronunciation to communicate the amount correctly. Practice counting money in Japanese with repetition and pick up some helpful tips from this tutorial.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Count Money

Hi, I'm Michael Metcalf, a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri in Columbia for About.com. In this video I will show you how to count money in Japanese. I'll introduce you to the monetary denomination used in Japan, the Yen, then I will go over pronunciation and then just go through some basic values.

Japanese Money is Called Yen

So first, in Japan they use what is called the Yen. In Japanese it is not pronounced "yen", but it is "en". So let's try counting from one to ten, yen, in Japanese.First we'll have "ichien" for one, two "nien", three "sanen", four "yonen", five goen", six "rokuen", seven "nanaen", eight "hachien", nine "kyuuen", ten "juuen".

Practice the Proper Pronunciation of Yen in Japanese

The important thing with the pronunciation of "en" is the sound of the "en", you kind of lift your tongue in the back of your mouth and create that "eeeennnnnggg" sound. This is particularly important when you are saying, for example: 1000 Yen. One Thousand in Japanese is simply "sen", that just means a thousand. But if you are saying "sanen", you actually pronounce it "sang yang" if you say "sen en", you are actually saying a thousand years instead of a thousand yen, completely different meanings.

And then finally, ten thousand yen. Now in English we simply say ten-thousand, eleven-thousand and keep counting upwards by one thousand, but in Japan as soon as they reach ten thousand, they stop saying "sen" for thousand and go to "man". So, "ichiman" is ten thousand. So ten thousand Yen would be "ichimanen".

Thank you for watching, and if you want to learn more about counting in Japanese, check us out on the web, at About.com.
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