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This is a rather short and simple lesson that, again, deals with the numbers we have been learning in previous vocabulary posts. It might not sound like much, but phone numbers come up in everyday conversation quite often, whether you are ordering take out or adding someone to your cell phone or applying to a job, you almost always need to give, find or hear a phone number.

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To date, we’ve learned a lot of numbers related vocabulary. We’ve covered numbers in general, the months of the year and the days of the week, which are all numbers related topics. Building on these, this post will teach you how to tell time in Japanese.

Like previous vocabulary posts, I’ll be introducing some new kanji. For the kanji, remember, the katakana is for the On reading and the hiragana is for the Kun reading. If you have no idea what I mean by On or Kun, make sure to read my post on How to Read Kanji. And, as always, I will be providing the kanji based readings for telling time followed by the kana and English translations for those who can’t read kanji yet.

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So far, these vocabulary posts have taught us about both Numbers and the Months of the Year. Today, we’ll build on those lessons by learning the days of the week. While we’ll be dealing with several new kanji today, I will only be going over as it is the kanji for sun and day, which plays a big part if we are going to be naming the days of the week. As we go on, I’ll deal with the various other kanji, but for now, we don’t really need to know their readings and meanings.

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In the last vocabulary post, we learned had some Fun With Numbers, where we learned how to count in Japanese. Today, we’ll be using those numbers to figure out what month it is.

Much like the first vocabulary post, this will feature kanji readings followed by the kana for each word. Don’t worry about learning the kanji if you are just starting out. Just focus on how the numbers form each month with our new word for month.

For now, we’ll focus on the months, but eventually, we’ll learn the days of the week and how to say the actual date (no, it’s not just the number before or after the month like in English). Until then, have fun practicing the numbers and using them to form the names of the months.

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Numbers are one of the most important pieces of vocabulary you can learn in Japanese, maybe any language. They are used far more often than you would think. What time is it? What day is it? What year? How much does this cost? What house number? Radio station? The list of uses and needs goes on and on. It’s also fun being able to count, as it makes me feel like I’m learning something. Sure, knowing simple sentences is alright, but when someone breaks out something I don’t recognize, those simple phrases are useless. With numbers, I feel like I know what I’m doing, which is encouraging. The fact it’s so useful is a nice bonus. Let’s begin, shall we?

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