Counting small animal in Japanese

In Japanese counting system, there is a counting system for small animals i.e. goldfish, hamsters, cats or dogs etc. On today’s lesson lets look at them.

QuantityHiragana
Reading
Kanji
1いっぴき
ippiki
一匹
2にひき
nihiki
二匹
3さんびき
sanbiki
三匹
4よんひき
yonhiki
四匹
5ごひき
gohiki
五匹
6ろっぴき
roppiki
六匹
7ななひき
nanahiki
七匹
8はっぴき
happiki
八匹
9きゅうひき
kyuuhiki
九匹
10じゅっぴき
juppiki
十匹
11じゅういっぴき
juuippiki
十一匹
12じゅうにひき
juunihiki
十二匹
13じゅうさんびき
juusanbiki
十三匹
14じゅうよんひき
juuyonhiki
十四匹
15じゅうごひき
juugohiki
十五匹
16じゅうろっぴき
juuroppiki
十六匹
17じゅうななひき
juunanahiki
十七匹
18じゅうはっぴき
juuhappiki
十八匹
19じゅうきゅうひき
juukyuuhiki
十九匹
20にじゅっぴき
nijuppiki
二十匹

Note that, above counting method is only for small animals such as cats, dogs, small fishes, hamsters etc., however, there are exceptions i.e. Rabbits, birds, bats etc are counted using different counting method: (wa) – .

For large animals such as cows, horses, deer, tigers etc, the counting method is done by とう (tou) – .

Hope this lesson helped you understanding Japanese counting system for small animals. Try to use them whenever you have the chances.

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