Japanese Vocabulary Lesson 27: Units of measure

Square meter, liter, ton,… How to say the units of measure in Japanese? Here is the answer for the most known ones!

Length (長さ, ながさ, nagasa)

Meter – メートル (me-toru)
Kilometer – キロメートル (kirome-toru)
Centimeter – センチメートル (senchime-toru)

Mass (質量, しつりょう, shitsuryou)

Kilogram – キログラム (kiroguramu)
Gram – グラム (guramu)
Ton – トン (ton)

Volume (体積, たいせき, taiseki)

Liter – リットル (rittoru)
Centiliter – センチリットル (senchirittoru)
Cubic meter – 立方メートル (rippou me-toru)

Area (面積, めんせき, menseki)

Square meter – 平方メートル (へいほうメートル, heihou me-toru) or 平米 (へいべい, heibei)
Tatami – 畳 (じょう, jou) -> 1畳 ≈ 0.955m x 1.91m (京間)

In Japan, the “tatami unit” is used very often to measure the size of a room, for example. The size written above corresponds to the Kyoto tatami standard size (Kyotoma).

The sizes in the picture above correspond to the Tokyo standards (Edoma or Kantoma). There are still more sizes of tatami in Japan.

Temperature (温度, おんど, ondo)

Celsius – 摂氏温度 (せっしおんど, sesshi ondo)
Fahrenheit – 華氏温度 (かしおんど, kasha ondo)
Kelvin – 絶対温度 (ぜったいおんど, zettai ondo)

Along the time I should add more units, so keep checking! I’ll mention it when I add more! 😉

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