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Lesson 73: The 回-counter

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Another commonly used counter is かい, which is used for counting the number of times some action is completed, e.g. She went shopping five times last week. As with the counter にん, かい has several irregular readings, which are shown in the table below.

EnglishJapanese
onceいっかい
ikkai
twiceかい
nikai
three timesさんかい
sankai
four timesよんかい
yonkai
five timesかい
gokai
six timesろっかい
rokkai
seven timesななかい
nanakai
eight timesはっかい
hakkai
nine timesきゅうかい
kyuukai
ten timesじゅっかい
zyukkai

Below are some example sentences using this counter.

EnglishJapanese
He ate pizza five times this month!かれ は こんげつ かい ピザ を べました よ。
kare ha kongetu gokai piza wo tabemasita yo.
How many times did you meet the king?あなた は なんかい おう に いました か?
anata ha nankai ou ni aimasita ka?
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