How to read numbers

from 1 to 100,000 in Roma-jifrom 1 to 100,000 in Roma-jiPractice video: Numbers in Japansese

Tips: Japanese counting system

How to read numbers in Japan does not match how to read Western figures.

How to read numbers

The important point is "4 digits".

If you ignore the comma and draw a line every four digits, you can easily read a big number.

The point is "4 digits".
trick to read big numbers (video)

1-10

1 いち ichi
2 に ni
3 さん san
4 よん/し yon/shi
5 ご go
6 ろく roku
7 なな/しち nana/shichi
8 はち hachi
9 きゅう kyuu
10 じゅう juu

 

10-100

10 じゅう juu
20 にじゅう nijuu
30 さんじゅう sanjuu
40 よんじゅう yonjuu
50 ごじゅう gojuu
60 ろくじゅう rokujuu
70 ななじゅう nanajuu
80 はちじゅう hachijuu
90 きゅうじゅう kyuujuu
100 ひゃく hyaku

 

100-1,000

100 ひゃく hyaku
200 にひゃく nihyaku
300 さんびゃく sambyaku ("n" becomes "m" in front of P, B and M)
400 よんひゃく yonhyaku
500 ごひゃく gohyaku
600 ろっぴゃく roppyaku
700 ななひゃく nanahyaku
800 はっぴゃく happyaku
900 きゅうひゃく kyuuhyaku
1,000 せん sen (いっせん issen)

 

1,000-10,000

1,000 せん sen
2,000 にせん nisen
3,000 さんぜん sanzen
4,000 よんせん yonsen
5,000 ごせん gosen
6,000 ろくせん rokusen
7,000 ななせん nanasen
8,000 はっせん hassen
9,000 きゅうせん kyuusen
10,000 いちまん ichiman

 

10,000-100,000

10,000 いちまん ichiman
20,000 にまん niman
30,000 さんまん samman ("n" becomes "m" in front of P, B and M)
40,000 よんまん yomman
50,000 ごまん goman
60,000 ろくまん rokuman
70,000 ななまん nanaman
80,000 はちまん hachiman
90,000 きゅうまん kyuuman
100,000 じゅうまん juuman

Updated Feb 21, 2021