So if I'm counting something, is there some particular way I have to count for different things, or is it just what I prefer? Is there some reason I should say hitotsu instead of ichi (I'm sorry, I can't write in kana for the moment) when counting sheep? If it varies depending on what I'm talking about, is what I'm asking. If it doesn't, then could I switch between Kun-yomi and On-yomi? I've watched anime in the English subtitled version, so I can listen and figure out when it's appropriate to use certain words. There was this one guy who started counting from 1-9, starting with hitotsu, futatsu, mittsu, yottsu, itsutsu, but then after five, went to the On-yomi and said roku, shichi, hachi, and then kyuu. This didn't make much sense so I'm wondering if in reality you should be doing that. Also, I think in common speech that nana is used more than shichi because of the reference to death (same for yon and shi, too). However, does it matter what you say (I'm asking this about kyuu and ku also)? Thank you in advance, and I'm sorry for spelling it in Roomaji, but I can't use special characters right now.