Ordinal numbers using the Chinese system

When using the Chinese system for ordinal numbers 番目 (banme) is added at the end of the Onyomi reading of the basic number. Alternatively the Japanese system can also be used for the first nine numbers.

一番目 – ichibanme – the first

二番目 – nibanme – the second

三番目 – sanbanme – the third

四番目 – yonbanme – the fourth

五番目 – gobanme – the fifth

六番目 – rokubanme – the sixth

七番目 – nanabanme – the seventh

八番目 – hachibanme – the eighth

九番目 – kyuubanme – the ninth

十番目 – juubanme – the tenth

百番目 – hyakubanme – the hundredth

千番目 – senbanme – the tousandth

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Ordinal numbers using the Japanese system


  1. winterlily0108 says:

    How do we know when to use the ordinal numbers in Japanese system or Chinese system?

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