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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Read and Write Numbers 1 to 10

with Jen D'Amore

Learn how to speak and write Japanese numbers from one through ten. Pay close attention to the Japanese stroke style and nuances of the Japanese language in order to write and pronounce the numbers correctly.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Read and Write Numbers 1 to 10

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about learning japanese, how to read and write numbers 1 to 10. Ichi, ni, san, shi or yon, go, roku, shichi or nana, hachi, ku or kyu, ju.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Japanese Numbers Properly

Ichi has one long stroke from left to right.

Ni has two strokes a smaller stroke on the top, and a longer stroke on the bottom.

San has three strokes on the top, and a longer stroke on the bottom.

Shi or yon has 5 stokes. One stroke down, slightly angled, the second stroke crosses o the right and curves down at an angle. A third small stroke almost crosses the corner, the fourth stroke goes down and to the right. The fifth stroke closes off the bottom.

Japanese Numbers are Written with Specific Strokes

Go, has four strokes. First a long stroke across the top. The second moves down from the center and angles to left. The third crosses starting off parallel to the top, then changes direction to be parallel with the second stroke. The fourth closes the bottom, is parallel to the other horizontal lines, but extends beyond them.

Roku has four strokes, a small stroke down, a longer stroke left to right forming an upside down T. Below that, but not touching is the third angled stroke, and the fourth angled stroke in the opposite direction.

Shichi has two strokes. one rising left to right, and a swooping downward stroke that curves and moves to the right forming what looks like a lower case t.

Hachi has two strokes, the first moving down to the left, leave a space between and make a second, longer stroke, in the other direction.

Ku has two strokes. The first swoops down to the left with a slight curve. The second crosses that, changes direction moving down and parallel with the first line then curving and slightly rising at the end.

Ju has two strokes, one across and a longer one down.

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