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Question to Teacher: Is it correct to say Ni Juu Sai?
Course 1 Pre-Lesson C: First Meeting (The Basics)
Post Date: 2017-09-04 22:53:46
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2017 Feb 22
I understand that 20 uears old is said hatachi.
However,I started watching a netflix series called Million Yen Women. It's in Japanese. As I watched the first episode I heard him say all the women's ages.
When he talked about the 20 year-old one he said Ni Juu Sai instead of hatachi, which made me very confused
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JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2017-09-07 03:35:40
2003 Mar 03
You are right. The man must have said にじゅっさい (NI JUSSAI) instead of はたち (HATACHI) in the movie.
Sometimes people say words in a different way on purpose. Saying にじゅっさい (NI JUSSAI) is wrong, but it is easier to hear than はたち (HATACHI), isn’t it?
Let me give you a couple of more examples.
They sometimes say じゅうななにち (JUU NANA NICHI/the 17th of the month) instead of じゅうしちにち (JUU SHICHI NICHI). They use なな (NANA) to avoid confusion since しち (SHICHI/ #7) and いち (ICHI/ #1) sound similar.
It also happens when telling times. When you book an airline ticket at a Japanese travel agency for example, they would say;
Agency: 「ひこうきは、しちじに とうきょうを でます。」(HIKOUKI WA SHICHI-JI NI TOUKYOU O DEMASU)
= The plane will leave Tokyo at 7 o’clock.
You: 「え？ いちじですか。」(E? ICHI-JI DESUKA)
= What? (Did you say) 1 o’clock?
Agency: 「いいえ。ななじです。」(IIE, NANA-JI DESU)
= No. (I said) “7” o’clock.
I hope this helps :)