Japanese Language: Useful Expressions While Shopping

 


Japanese Language: Useful Expressions While Shopping

 

 

Here are some expressions you'll find useful while shopping.
  • kore wa nan desu ka - what is that thing near me that I'm pointing at or holding
  • sore wa nan desu ka - what is that thing near you that I'm pointing at
  • are wa nan desu ka - what is that thing over there that I'm pointing at
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  • sore o misete kudasai - please show me that [thing near you]
  • sono kaban o misete kudsai - please show me that suitcast / briefcase / bag [near you]
  • are o misete kudasai - please show me that [thing over there]
  • ano kaban o misete kudsai - please show me that suitcast / briefcase / bag [over there]
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  • ikura desu ka - how much?
  • kore wa, ikura desu ka - how much is this thing [that I'm holding or indicating, near me]?
  • kono tokei wa, ikura desu ka - how much is this watch [that I'm holding or indicating, near me]?
  • sore wa, ikura desu ka - how much is that thing [near you]?
  • sono tokei wa, ikura desu ka - how much is that watch [near you]?
  • are wa, ikura desu ka - how much is that thing [over there]?
  • ano tokei wa, ikura desu ka - how much is that watch [over there]?
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  • number en - number yen
  • number hyaku en - number hundred yen
  • number {sen | zen} en - number thousand yen
  • number man en - number ten thousand yen
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  • [ ja ] kore o kudasai - [well then,] please give me [this thing that I'm holding or indicating, near me]
  • [ ja ] sore o kudasai - [well then,] please give me [that thing that I'm indicating, near you]
  • [ ja ] are o kudasai - [well then,] please give me [that thing that I'm indicating, over there]
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Note that the suffix -ya is used to indicate a store. For example, "kamera-ya" is a camera store; "hana-ya" is a flower shop or florist. The -ya can also mean the owner or an employee in the store. The kana for ya is: や.