In Japan, we have 2 ways to count to 10. Actually, 4 and 7 have three way each.
It sounds complicated but not. It just kinds of that in English “1” is called “one” or “first”.

Understanding how to count in Japanese makes easier to count money, with unit and so on!
So Let’s get started(*´ω`)

★You can get some worksheets(PDF)on the bottom of this article!!↓↓

How to count to 10 in Japanese

There are two ways to count.
One is basic way and another is in wago (means ancient Japanese language).

Count to 10 in basic Japanese

  1. ichi:一、いち、イチ
  2. ni:二、に、ニ
  3. san:三、さん、サン
  4. shi/yon:四、し/よん、シ/ヨン
  5. gō:五、ご、ゴ
  6. loku:六、ろく、ロク
  7. nana/shichi:七、なな/しち、ナナ/シチ
  8. hachi:八、はち、ハチ
  9. kyuū:九、きゅう、キュウ
  10. juū:十、じゅう、ジュウ


Count to 10 in Wago

  1. hi:一、ひ、ヒ
  2. fu:二、ふ、フ
  3. mi:三、み、ミ
  4. yō:四、よ、ヨ
  5. itsu:五、いつ、イツ
  6. mu:六、む、ム
  7. nana:七、なな、ナナ
  8. ya:八、や、ヤ
  9. koko:九、ここ、ココ
  10. tō:十、とお、トオ


count to 10 with unit

Both of “個(ko)” and “つ(tsu)” are useful units for counting many kinds of objects.
Such as counting foods, animals, clothes, instruments and so on.

what is the different of counting

You can see, in case of using “~個(ko)” unit, numbers are used in basic Japanese.
On the other hand, in case of using “~つ(tsu)”, numbers are used in Wago.

So to understand counting in Japanese, it’s good for you know both count in basic way and in Wago.
And Japanese use both way as well(*´▽`*)


Count to 10 in Japanese for free download

You can get workbooks for PDF from belows.
Feel free to download and I’m happy these could be your help!
★【1to10】in Kanji and Hiragana:for work
☆【1to10】in Kanji and Hiragana:Answer

Let’s learn together

Thank you for reading till the end!
I’m learning English so my English is not perfect though,
I’m really happy that these could be some help your learning English! Thank you!!

If you have some requests for learning Japanese or find big mistake in my English, please let me know from YouTube▼
★Let your message send from here★