Japanese Girls Guess English Number Names [Pic]

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 3 years ago in Funny

Sure they"re wrong. But they"re wrong in a way that"s both logical and cute.
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Male 1,104
@TheOrigin

yawn, sorry, your post was too long and uninteresting to read. but here is something that might prove useful to you: Literal and figurative language

Good luck!
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Male 6,227
@ Kivimies: Finnish. =^.^=
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Male 16
yksi
kaksi
kolme
neljä
viisi
kuusi
seitsemän
kahdeksan
yhdeksän
kymmnenen
Can you guess the language?
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Male 500
"you might want to have a chat with dr. freud."

I do not believe in the whole oujia bullcrap nor talking to spirits in general, so that one might be tricky.

Also let me add that she was in her early twenties and I was 24 when I stumbled across her, with her being a funny yet cute smartarse which I always found attractive in a woman. So do expand on your recommendation...

"the big difference being that japanese will have had 6-12 years of english at school"

Yes. But not pop idols. From what I understand they are recruited at a young age (think 13-14 years) and usually never complete their education, or at least not fully.

Apart from that, my Japanese students always complained to me how the education of English in JPN is lacking, insufficient and does not reflect the needs of th students, nor does it provide them an adequate platform for studying. Most learn proper English at Universities.
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Male 3,612
in my language
1 shuis
2 waiini
3 paiini
4 wachiwieni
5 manigin
6 navaiini
7 navaikavani
8 vavachuvini
9 soag4umsueni
10 tog4umesueni
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Male 3,612
@LemonCurry
shi
go
roku
nana
hachi
kyu
ju
hyaku
sen
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Male 1,104
@Squrlz4Sale:

i`m so happy to hear that someone is sharing my interest in linguistic peculiarities! i can read hours on different counting systems, grammatical constructions, phonetic complexity (hawaiian vs. khoisan!), etc.

i`ll submit the article, thanks for the recommendation! :-)
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Male 6,227
@ LemonCurry: That article you`ve linked to is *astounding*. Submit it! Really interesting--it should be given a wider audience.
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Male 1,104
rofl @lordjim (wow, and this does exist!)
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Male 1,104
i can count in piraha:

hoi, hoi. end of counting. :D

(background at MIT news)
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Male 1,104
"Used to have a crush on Reina, she is cute (...)"
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you might want to have a chat with dr. freud.
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Male 1,104
"How many of you can guess these numbers in Japanese?"
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the big difference being that japanese will have had 6-12 years of english at school.

it`s always nice to see stupidity / laziness turned into a virtue.
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Male 500
@Squrlz4Sale: Ah yes, that would be Michishige Sayumi. Damn cute, albeit a bit full of herself (although many argue that that`s her persona and not her real self)..

They are members of a famous pop band and although their music does not appeal to me (ok maybe except for one song that is just...just freaking catchy), they had their own TV shows and several episodes were genuinely hilarious.

I`ll try to submit something, maybe Fancy will let it go through...
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Male 13,624
Uber cute
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Male 2,579
awww they`re cute.
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Male 7,031
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Male 6,227
@ Draculya: LOL. Oh, drat. I forgot about that.

@ Langer: The perfect link. Thanks!

@ TheOrigin: I`m most impressed that you know who these girls are. I must say, the one in the middle? Ineffably beautiful.
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Male 7,123
A fun way to count is the old sheep counting system of NW England. Several variations, including;
yan, tan, tethera, pethera, pimp, sethera, methera, hoverer, coverer, dik, yanadik, tanadik, tetheradik, petheradik, bumfits, yanabumfits, tanabumfits, tetherabumfits, metherabumfits, figgits.

When you get to 20 (figgits) you put a stone in your pocket and start again. So if you end up with 59 sheep you have tan figgits metherabumfits.
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Male 395
[quote">Ichi, ni, san, roku,... that`s all I remember (and, no, I`m in no way sure I`m spelling them correctly).[/quote">

clickie
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Male 14,835
@Squrlz4Sale yes, it does count, as long as it`s a Japanese squirrel
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Male 2,855
that was stuuupid
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Male 684
" Is that maybe because of their use of symbols in language as well as maths?"

correct me if i am wrong, but letters in all languages are symbols. The alphabet we use is made up of 26 symbols, also math is a language that is made up entirely of symbols as well. But i get what you mean. My understanding is that in japan they have 3 different alphabets but only one language, and i think its the rules for expressing numerals in the phonetic katakana that you are thinking of.
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Male 14,334
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Male 1,596
So it`s pretty similar then, I gave these girls too much credit.
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Male 445
Dr. Sexy - not sure about that. Difficult to sound properly with a western alphabet but 10, 100, 1000 is jyu, hyaku, sen (specifically i-sen one thousand as opposed to ni-sen two thousand or san-zen three thousand).

It rather goes off the rails then because Japan uses 10,000 counters, not 1,000s.

So you have 10,000 - ichi man. then 100,000,000 which is 10000 * 10000 = ichi oku.

Helpfully the largest bank note you`ll come across is the ichi man (y)en note (10000 yen), which is usually near as you need to $100. Ichi oku (y)en then is roughly $1m.
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Male 1,596
Interesting seeing their thought process with the length of the word synonymous with how many zeros it has. Like 800 would be eeeito? Is that maybe because of their use of symbols in language as well as maths?

Also

It would be great if the higher the number, the louder you shouted. Like, ten, one huuuundreeeeed, A THOOOOOUSAAAAAAND!

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Male 7,031
One thing you can say about pretty Japanese women:

Even when they`re incorrect, they can`t go wrong.
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Female 2,415
(*sigh* and of course AFTER I post a comment, I read MadnessLvl2`s comment)
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Male 5,874
50% is sometimes considered a reasonable exam pass
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Female 2,415
Or that they`re in the right order!
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Female 2,415
Ichi, ni, san, roku,... that`s all I remember (and, no, I`m in no way sure I`m spelling them correctly).
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Male 6,227
@ Draculya: I can say them in Squirrel. Does that count?
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Male 500
MadnessLvl2: Four is pronounced "shi" or "yon" as shi, shinu means dead, death.

Landogriffin: theu do have the R sound. They lack the L sound and these two cause mayor confusion.

The only thing they lack as per R sound is R standalone, as they only have syllabic alphabet where only single standing consonant is N. All other are connected to vowels.

Also, the girls are Tanaka Reina and Michishige Sayumi from the pop band Morning Musume. And the girl on the left looks a fair bit like Ishikawa Rika.

Used to have a crush on Reina, she is cute, funny and a bit of a smart mouthed badass.
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Male 14,835
Actually for that matter, how many of you can say these numbers in Spanish or French (your neighbouring countries` languages)?
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Male 14,835
I once misread a number in Korean at the ATM and withdrew the equivalent of a thousand US dollars for a night out.

And it wasn`t enough.
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Male 14,835
How many of you can guess these numbers in Japanese?
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Female 3,696
Teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen :D
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Male 6,227
I have the sense some of you may be overlooking the 100 and 1000 parts of the picture. Hint: It`s not the 4 or the 8 errors that make this funny.
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Male 144
I can only count to Ich, Ni, San, Gi and I`m not sure I spelled all those right lol.
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Male 802
It`s only funny until you try to imagine American girls trying to guess Japanese number pronunciation.
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Male 771
close enough
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Male 3,842
Considering they don`t have a sound like the English "R" then "Fow" is acceptable pronunciation for "four" (I would also accept "Foal") and "Eito" is acceptable for "Eight" with an accent.
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Female 1,467
Aww. That was cute.
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Male 2,586
I hope they`re not asked how to spell infinity!

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Male 38,498

Stupid little minx.
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Male 3,894
d`aww
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Male 37,826
I happily approve of the cat ears!

Cute girls of any nation = win!
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Male 2,549
LOL geez, don`t you hate those stupid trick questions?
>.<
(I think that this possesses all of the right components to qualify for `Aww of the Day`.)
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Female 779
that is cute X3
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Male 6,227
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