# Thread: Ok... how did this happen

1. ## Re: Ok... how did this happen

Ichi, ni, san, etc is jus the numbers. For counting things, they use specific counting words. Ex:
General Things: Hitotsu = 1 thing, Futatsu = 2 things, Mittsu = 3 things, Yottsu = 4 things, Itsutsu = 5, Mottsu = 6, Nanatsu = 7, Yattsu = 8, (I forget 9), Tou = 10

Thin, flat things (paper, pieces of gum or bread, etc.): Ichimai = 1 thin, flat piece, Nimai = 2, Sanmai =3, etc

People: Hitori = 1, Futari = 2, Sannin = 3, Yonnin = 4, Gonin =5, etc.

Cylindrical objects (pencils, trees, technically beer bottles also, but they don't use it this way): Ippon = 1, Nippon =2, Sanbon = 3, Yonhon = 4, Gohon = 5, Roppon = 6, Nanahon = 7, Happon = 8, Kyuhon = 9, Juppon = 10.

Interesting side note, for those of you who've been there. If you've ever been to Roppongi, it's named after the 6 important families (or &quot;family trees&quot from that area (Roppon = 6, Gi = Trees).
KumaSan, you kick ass. How about giving weekly lessons on Japanese? I would definately pay attention.

2. ## Re: Ok... how did this happen

is the kanji for shi also pronounceable as yon, or is yon another kanji for the number 4?

japanese numbers drive me crazy.

ichi ni san shi, etc. but then you use yon usually for 4 because, (IIRC) the kanji for death is pronounced the same as shi, or the kanjis look alike or something. fourth degree black belt is yondan, the 4th kata you learn is called shodan-yon, and the 4th rank under black belt is yonkyu. and you can't find a tea set for 4 people at a store.

also, instead of ichi + dan for first degree black belt, it's shodan.

???

i wish i had time to learn japanese.

3. ## Re: Ok... how did this happen

Thanks for the lesson Kuma San, it has been a looooooong time. Kenshi's right you do indeed kickass ;D

also, instead of ichi + dan for first degree black belt, it's shodan.
I was always told this was because shodan=beginer (i.e. once you get your dan you are now ready to &quot;learn&quot but this may have been dojo BS.

4. ## Re: Ok... how did this happen

In the Bronx (New York) especially in the Italian section the dogs go

You talkin to me, You talkin to me

Okay so it was funny when I thought about it.

Laters
Ras

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W00t... the russians are back....

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Dosvidanya.

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