Meeting #15 | Friday, April 28th|平成29年4月28日(金)

The Cashier | お会計

こんにちは。春が来た!と思ったけど、また雨が降って寒くて残念…。Hello hello! The spring is finally here, but only for few days and it’s cold and raining again… Hope you still enjoyed the weekend! :)

①Dialogues | 会話

This week we continued on the same situation from last week, shopping. Although dialogues take place in a clothing store, many expressions can be used in any shopping, including getting food.

A: 何かお探しですか? (Nanika osagashi desuka?)
-Are you looking for something?
B: くつ下はどこですか?(Kutsu shita wa doko desuka?)
-Where can I find socks?

As I wrote last week, ~はどこですか? is a key expression to remember!

A: お決まりですか?(Okimari desuka?)
-Have you decided?
B: これにします。(Kore ni shimasu.)
-I will take these.
A: お会計はレジでお願いします。(Okaikē wa reji de onegai shimasu.)
-Please pay at the checkout counter.

When you are wondering where the cashier is, some shops have signs with お会計 on them, so it’s good to remember this word. Also, you would hear the phrase お決まりですか?(Okimari desuka?) by waiters at restaurants and cafes. Instead of ~にします。(~ni shimasu.), you can say ~をお願いします。(~wo onegai shimasu.), too.

B: 今すぐ着たいので、袋は結構です。(Ima sugu kitai node, fukuro wa kekkō desu.)
-I’d like to wear it right now, so I don’t need a bag.
A: かしこまりました。(Kashikomari mashita.)

I feel like shop clerks in Japan don’t usually ask if you need a bag. They automatically put everything in plastic bags, even if it’s a small thing. So, if you don’t need a bag, use 袋は結構です。(Fukuro wa kekkō desu.)!

A: 1200円です。(Sen ni hyaku en desu.)
-That’ll be 1200 yen.
B: カードでお願いします。(Kādo de onegai shimasu.)
-I’ll pay with the credit card, please.

It is common to pay with cash in Japan, and some places don’t even take credit/debit cards. Make sure that they take cards, by asking

クレジット/デビット カードは使えますか?(Kurejitto/debitto kādo wa tsukae masuka?)
May I use credit/debit cards?

Or you may see signs like

お支払いは現金のみです。(Oshiharai wa genkin nomi desu.)
Cash only.

②How much is it?| これはいくらですか?

We then practiced more about money. First we went over how to count 1 to 10, and also learned bigger numbers.

一 (ichi) 1 二 (ni) 2 三 (san) 3
四 (shi, yon) 4 五 (go) 5 六 (roku) 6
七 (shichi, nana) 7 八 (hachi) 8 九 (ku, kyu) 9
十 (jū) 10 百 (hyaku) hundred 100
千 (sen) thousand 1,000 万 (man) 10 thousand 10,000
億 (oku) a hundred million 100,000,000
円 (en) yen ドル (doru) dollar
おつり (otsuri) change
高い (takai) expensive
安い (yasui) cheap

After thousand, counting in Japanese is a bit different (which confuses me all the time when I’m trying to count in English!). 10,000 is 万, 100,000 is 十万, 1,000,000 (a million) is 百万, 10,000,000 千万 and 100,ooo,ooo is 億.

100円 (yen) right now is around 1.22 カナダドル (Canadian dollar), so for example, 4万円 (yon man en) is about 490ドル (yon hyaku kyu ju doru)…

Then, we practiced how to ask the price!

-これはいくらですか?(Kore wa ikura desuka?) How much is it?
-250円です。(Ni hyaku go jū en desu.) It’s 250 yen.
-京都までの新幹線はいくらですか? (Kyōto made no shinkansen wa ikura desuka?)
How much is the Shinkansen to Kyōto?
-13,080円です。(Ichi man san zen hachi jū en desu.)
It’s 13,080 yen.

If you are traveling to Japan, practice the numbers and get used to Japanese Yen!

That’s about it today. Thank you so so much for reading! Next week will be the last session before I go back to Japan for summer. I hope everyone will go though this rainy week nicely! See you soon. :)


Yoko ☀︎ 陽子

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