Speakin' Japanese: Picking out produce

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Speakin' Japanese: Picking out produce

by: Tetsuo Nakahara | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: August 28, 2015

What better time of the year to try some local produce than now? It can be particularly adventuresome to try some unfamiliar fruits and vegetables. Here’s a few words and phrases to help you shop around.

“Kyo wa nani ga yasui desuka?” = What is on sale today?

“Kyo no osusume wa nanidesuka?” = What is today’s recommendation?
“Ikura desuka?” = How much is it? (Note: Produce prices are usually per 100 grams [0.22 pounds])

“Kore wa amai desuka?”= Is this sweet?

“Kore wa … desuka?” = Is this …?
“Amai”= Sweet
“Nigai” = Bitter
“Oishii”= Tasty

“Yasai arimasuka?” = Do you have vegetables?

… arimaska? = Do you have …?
“Yasai” = Vegetable
“Kudamono” = Fruit
Tamato = Tomato?
“Daikon” = Japanese radish
“Kyabetsu” = Cabbage
“Tamanegi” = Onion
“Imo” = Potato
“Ninjin” = Carrot
“Yasuuri” = Bargain
“Amai” = Sweet

“Ookii” = Big
“Chiisai” = Small

“Omake des.” = This is complimentary. (Sometimes market staff may give you an extra vegie or item as complementary bonus. Say “arigato,” or thanks.) 

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

“Tamanahh” = Cababge
“Goya” = Bitter melon
“Chideekuni” = Carrot
“Mahsan” = Tasty

nakahara.tetsuo@stripes.com

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