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72. The 回-counter

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Lesson 72: The 回-counter

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.

English Japanese
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.

English Japanese
He ate pizza five times this month! かれ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いましたか?
anata ha nankai ou ni aimasita ka?

Lesson contributors

Denholm Nahon
Erik