Counting one to ten in different languages. Japanese language ticked!

ZE accompanied me to Tommy le Baker yesterday, because yiyi (aunt) was sleepy and in dire need for a place to get her latte fix. 

We brought along some reading materials from home. I took my Jimmy Liao picture books and ZE chose a Japanese phrase book.

She rattled off these words from the Japanese phrase book … Obasan (aunt), obaaasan (grandma), haha (mother), shoku-pan (a loaf of bread, since we bought a loaf of farmer sourdough). 


Our reading material .. Japanese phrase book for ZE and Jimmy Liao’s picture books for yiyi
ZE, my Japanese teacher with Tommy le Baker’s farmer sourdough

Remembering my goal of learning how to count in foreign language, I asked her to teach me how to count from one to ten in Japanese! So my niece turned into a spontaneous Japanese teacher 🙂

  1. Ichi
  2. Ni
  3. San
  4. Yon
  5. Go
  6. Roku
  7. Nana
  8. Hachi
  9. Kyuu
  10. Juu

Let’s take a look at the scoreboard of my goal to count one to ten in 10 languages. 

  • Achieved 8 languages: English, BM, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese, German, Spanish, Japanese.
  • 2 more languages to go. What’s next?


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

2 thoughts on “Counting one to ten in different languages. Japanese language ticked!

  • June 3, 2015 at 8:52 am

    you forgot Spanish. Uno! Uno! that’s all i remember…

    • June 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Oooh 🙂 uno dos tres

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