Speakin' Japanese: Shopping

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

When shopping or making a purchase at a restaurant try using the following phrases.

“Kore wa Ikura desuka?” = How much is this?
“. . . wa ikura desuka?” = “How much is …”

“Kono ningyo wa ikura desuka?” = How much is this doll?
“Biiru wa ikura desuka?” = How much is beer?
“Chiketto wa ikura desuka” = How much is a ticket?

“Motto ookii-no wa arimasenka?” = Do you have a larger size?
“motto” = more
“wa arimasenka?” = Do you have?

“Motto chiisai-no wa arimasenka?” = Do you have a smaller size?
“Motto yasui-no wa arimasenka?” = Don’t you have a cheaper one?
“Motto yasuku narimasennka?” = Can’t you make it cheaper?

Osusume wa nandesuka?” = What is your recommendation?

“Nandesuka?” = “What is ...?”

“Sore wa nandesuka? = What is it?
“Ano hako wa nandesuka? = What is that box?
“Ano tatemono wa nandesuka?” =  What is that building?

“Kaado wa tsukae masuka?” = Can I use a credit card?

“wa tsukae masuka?” = Can I use ...?

“Doru wa tsukae masuka?” = Can I use dollar?
“Kono kuupon wa tsukae masuka?” = Can I use this coupon?
“Kono kaato wa tukae masuka?” = Can I use this cart?

“Kore wo kudasai.” = I will have this.
“Motte kaerimasu.” = I will have it to go.
“Mata kimasu.” = I will come back.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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