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Posted 6/10/09
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Posted 6/29/09
What 11?
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Posted 7/26/09 , edited 7/26/09
Juuissai (十一歳)
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Posted 8/16/09
would 17 be juushichisai? or juunanasai?

and do you know when to use which form of 4 and 7? like yon&shi and nana&hachi??

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Posted 6/1/11

Ryukon wrote:

The kanji is alright for me, but it's missing that slightly extended curved diagonal bit at the top. I guess it's from having IE, lol


whats 17?
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Posted 8/27/11 , edited 8/27/11

iiMikan wrote:]

whats 17?


Juunanasai (十七才 or 十七歳)


To answer the other question about when to use yon/shi for "4" and nana/shichi for "7", it depends on the counter you're using. 歳, the counter for age, always uses "yon" and "nana", respectively. The counter for time (時), however, uses "shichi" for 7, but "yon" for 4. To make things even weirder, the counters for months (月) use "yon" for nominal counting (四ヶ月 - "yon ka getsu" - four months), but uses "shi" for the proper noun (四月 - "shigatsu" - April); same thing applies to the use of 7 in counting months.

So to summarize, it really depends on what your counter is... and unfortunately, you need to remember which reading to use for which counter. It's confusing at first, but you'll get the hang of it.
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