5 golden rings (Japanese)

Use imagery. Repeat the word a few times to yourself while imagining the associated image ... the funnier the easier it will be to remember. Of course, your image will relate to the word and its meaning.
For instance in Japanese the word "go" means 5. I imagine "gold ring "(as in 5 golden rings, 4 callings birds, 3 French hens ...) so I will remember that "go" is associated with "5" and "go" is the first two letters of the word "gold". This sure comes in handy with the tricky words!

Sent by: Carol


Sam, Baltimore, USA 2010-10-10

I never understand why people think such abstract connections will work any better than just remembering the new lexical item (word). When it becomes a part of your daily speech, it sticks better and you build with it. You do this in your own language all the time. Using convoluted devices like "5 golden rings" just means you have to store two concepts for every one word you learn.

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Anonymous, Osaka 2010-07-07

7=naa naa

There are two way to call the same number such as 4 or 7 - whatever you prefer.

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FIONA, worcester 2010-02-25

I am going to Vietnam in 10 days time. When I went for my innoculations the doctor said that Vietnam is the most popular long haul destination at the moment. Would like to have learnt some Vietnamese before the hols but BBC don't offer it.

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andy 2009-10-07

Here is what my Japanese friend taught me: ichi ni (itchy knee) san (Japanese word for mr miss mrs) shi/yon (she yawn) go (go) roku (rock) shichi (she itchy) hachi (like a sneeze) ku (q) ju (juice). Also I made up a trick for the other word for 7 nana (nana as in grandma).

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lily ku, Taiwan 2009-08-27

8=hachi (sneeze)
Visualised this:
Man:Itchy knee sam see go loku/
Girl:nana hachi (sneeze) cure ju
Thought it works for me when combine all your method. thank you guys!

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Soultana, Greece 2009-08-18

The method Carol suggested is called the keyword method.

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Anonymous 2009-06-20

Well, a comment from a native speaker may help.

4 is "yon" if you are counting down (6, 5, 4, 3), and is "yon" or "shi" if you are counting up (1, 2, 3, 4).

It doesn't really matter though. We love anyone who is learning our language!

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Trajian, Berlin/GER 2009-05-17

Please note that the word given for 4 in this case (it's shi) shouldn't be used because there is another word (kanji) with the possible pronounciation of shi meaning dead(!)
Since there are different ways to "say" Japanese words because they have the on-yomi and kun-yomi these kind of incidents might happen.

Anyhow try to use the for 4 yon.

Btw the 4 being spelled as dead is a cause for Japanese to belive it gives you bad luck. Therefore they often don't have a 4th floor in hotels or row in planes and I've heard very little stuff is sold as a "four-pack".

4 yoghurts xD

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Anonymous 2009-05-16

Very obvious but Ich ne san ... Ichy Knee Sam. And that's how they are pronounced too.

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Anonymous 2009-05-13

As a small child, I was bilingual but I always had a little rhyme for my Japanese numbers. Ichi, ne, (itchy knee) san, she,
(sun she) go, rocu (just memorize those) nana hatchi (pantomime a banana, then sneeze) there is nothing for 9 but for ju, (10) (not me, but-u).

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