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Old 04-12-2009, 01:47 PM   #12
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Re: Name for youth kyu ranks

Lyle Laizure wrote: View Post
Another option you could consider is using another form of Japanese counting. Where one would normally count ichi, ni, san, shi etc depending on what you are counting the words used for counting are different. Ippu, nifu, mitsu etc...
I'm afraid that's mistaken. The native form of counting goes "hitotsu", "futatsu", "mitsu", "yotsu", "itsutsu", "muttsu", "nanatsu", "yatsu", "kokonotsu", and "tou". "Ippu, nifu" would be counting something like "municipal districts".

The native form of counting is cardinal, not ordinal, so it wouldn't be right for kyu ranks.

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