Speakin' Japanese: Ordering pizza is as easy as pie

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

Pizza is a universal treat that’s loved the world around; but you still have to use the local language to place an order. Next time, try using some of these words and phrases.

• “Pizza wo kudasai” 
= Please give me a pizza.

“Eru saizu wo ichi-mai onegai shimasu.”
= Would you please give me one large [one]?

“Eru saizu” = L size (large)
“Emu saizu” = M size (medium)
“Esu saizu” = L S size (small)

(“Ichi” = one, “ni” = two, “San” = three, “yon” = four, “go” = 5, “roku” = six, “nana” = seven, “hachi” = eight “kyu”= nine, “Juu” = ten)

“… mai” = … item(s)/piece(s) (a number of flat round items and/or small portions, such as slices)

• “Chiizu to tomato”= Cheese and tomato

“Chiizu to sooseeji”= Cheese and sausage

“Peperooni”= Peperroni

“Teriyaki chikin”= Teriyaki chicken

“Shiifuudo”= Seafood

“Bajiru”= Basil,  “Koon”= corn

“Montoree”= Monterey (tomato to curry)

• “Mayo nuki de!” = Hold the mayo!
(“nuki = don’t add …)

“Koon nuki de.” = Hold the corn.

“Oonion nuki de.” = Hold the onion.

• “Pizza no haitatsu wo onegai shimasu.”
= Would you please deliver a pizza?

(“onegai shimasu” = Would you please …?, “Haitatsu” = deliver)

• “Jusho wa Roppongi 7-23-17 desu.”
= The address is Roppongi 7-23-17.
(“… wa … desu” = … is…)

“Watashi no namae wa Steve Johnson desu.”
= My name is Steve Johnson.

“Denwa-bango wa 03-6385-xxxx desu.”
= The telephone number is 03-6385-xxxx.

• “Donokurai kakari masu ka?”
= How long will it take?

“Ikura desu ka?”= How much is it?

“Nanji goro ni nari masu ka?”= About what time will it arrive?

“Kuupon wa tsukae masu ka?”= Can I use coupon?

“Chumon wo kyanseru shi-tai no desuga.”= I would like to cancel my order.

When on OKINAWA, you can also say it in “Uchinaanguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“Cha Ssa Naibiiga?” = How much is it?

“Nageen Machun Naa” = How long does it take?

Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”).
Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

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