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

Ordinal numbers using the Japanese system

Japanese basic numbers become ordinal numbers simple by adding a 目 (me) at their end. The Japanese system only goes until nine. The Chinese system can also be used and it goes beyond the first nine numbers.

一つ目 – hitotsume – the first

二つ目 – futatsume – the second

三つ目 – mittsume – the third

四つ目 – yottsume – the fourth

五つ目 – itsutsume – the fifth

六つ目 – muttsume – the sixth

七つ目 – nanatsume – the seventh

八つ目 – yattsume – the eighth

九つ目 – kokonotsume – the nineth

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Ordinal number using the Chinese system