Let’s learn how to speak Japanese!
Welcome to another lesson.
Today I have an interesting lesson for you.
Whether you go to Japan on holiday or to work, you will need to be able to ask for things in a shop.
Today’s learn how to speak Japanese lesson will take you through buying a camera in an electronics store in Japan.
After the lesson we will break down each sentence.
Are you ready?
Okay, here goes!
There are two characters in this lesson. They are tenin (the shop assistant) and sumisu (Mr Smith).
sumisu: sumimasen. sono kamera wa, nan no kamera desu ka?
tenin: kono kamera wa sooni desu.
sumisu: aa. ikura desu ka?
tenin: kyuu sen happyaku en desu.
sumisu: ee! chotto takai desu ne. ano kamera wa ikura desu ka?
tenin: go sen en desu.
How did you go?
Let’s break it down.
tenin: Welcome to my shop.
sumisu: Excuse me. What type of camera is that one by you?
tenin: This camera is a Sony.
sumisu: Oh. How much is it?
tenin: 9,800 Yen.
sumisu: Really! That’s a bit expensive. How much is that camera over there?
tenin: 5,000 Yen.
sumisu: OK, that one.
Now let’s break it down.
irrashaimase Equates to “welcome” or “come in”. Sometimes you hear “irrashaimase douzo” which is “come in please or “welcome, please”
sumimasen Excuse me
kono This one (near me)
sono That one (near you)
ano That one (near neither of us)
wa Marks the topic of a sentence. For example “kamera wa” literally translates to “as for the camera”
no Possessive marker. Loosely translates to the apostrophe or “of” in English
desu Polite form of “is”
ka Question marker
aa Oh, as in “oh, really”
kyuu sen happyaku en 9,800 Yen. kyuu = 9, sen = 1000, happyaku = 800, en = Yen
chotto A bit, a little
takai adjective: expensive/tall
ne English equivalent, “isn’t it”
go sen en 5,000 Yen. go = 5, sen = 1000
jaa in that case
Wow! That was a good one!
What you have to do now is revise this lesson.
Print out this learn how to speak Japanese lesson if you need to.
Once you understand the meanings of the dialog, get all the words together and load them into your flashcard program to help burn them into your mind.
Leave a comment for me if you have any questions or don’t understand something.
I hope you enjoyed this learn how to speak Japanese lesson.
There is more to come, and I can’t wait!
See you in the next lesson.