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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Count Vehicles and Big Equipment

with Michael Metcalf

Learn how to count vehicles and big equipment in Japanese with the proper counter word and Kanji, the Japanese written character for vehicles. You will be able to count vehicles and big equipment from one to ten in Japanese with this tutorial.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Count Vehicles and Big Equipment

Hi, my name is Michael Metcalf, I'm a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri in Columbia for About.com. In this video I will discuss how to count vehicles and big equipment in Japanese.

Learn the Japanese Counter Word for Vehicles and Equipment

When you count something in Japanese, first you say the number of the thing is that you are counting and then you attach that number to a special counter word that relates directly to whatever it is that you are quantifying.In the case of vehicles and big equipment, for example cars or bulldozers, that special counter word is "dai". It's Kanji looks like this...What a Kanji is, is it's basically a pictograph representation and it gives off a very specific meaning, but not necessarily a pronunciation, in written Japanese Language. Kanji is widely used in Japanese.

Count One to Ten Vehicles in Japanese

Now, in the case of "dai", let's say I am reading a novel where the main character is describing how many cars he owns, and let's say he has two cars that would be written with the kanji for two "ni" write in front of "dai", to be read "nidai". A Japanese person would read this and know that, in the context of the sentence, "two cars". So let's try counting cars, or bulldozers, what have you, in Japanese from one to ten. One car "ichidai", two cars "nidai" three "sandai", four "yondai", five "godai", six "rokudai", seven "nanadai", eight "hachidai", nine "kyuudai", ten "juudai".

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