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Self study Japanese Lesson 5: Buying things (Part 3)

Dear all,
Good evening. Continuation from lesson 4, today i will share more about buying things.

Sometimes if you buy medicine, electronics, the person at the counter will ask you if you have a loyalty card or something. It’s always good to make a loyalty card if you plan to always buy electronics at the same place. You will get some discount (8-10% of points that you can use to offset your next purchase). Example would be LABI or Yodobashi Camera.

Shop Employee: ポイントカードがお持ちですか (poin-to kaa-do ga o-mo-chi-de-su ka/Do you have a point card)

You: いいえ、ないです(iie, nai desu/No)   or はい、もっています (hai, motte imasu/Yes)

If you don’t have a point card, usually the person will ask you if you want to apply for a point card (usually it’s free)

Shop Employee: ポイントカードを作りますか (poin-to kaa-do o tsu-ku-ri-ma-su ka/Do you want to apply for one?) or

Shop Employee: つくりましょうか (tsu-ku-ri-ma-shou ka/Do you want to apply for one?)

You: はい、おねがいします (hai, o-ne-gai-shi-masu/Yes, please)

Usually, you can put in your hotel address. If unsure, ask the shop employee. =)

This will really help to bring savings if you buy lots of electronics.

By the way, for those who like to recover fast from fever or flu, i recommend this medicine. (Please buy this medicine if you want at your own risk)

You can buy it off any medical store. Just tell the staff that you want Pa-bu-ron.

I remember i ate this and went to sleep. The next day i recovered. Hope it works for you too. (^_^)

Self study Japanese Lesson 4: Buying things (Part 2)

Dear all,
Good afternoon. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to slash prices.

いくらですか (i-ku-ra de-su ka/How much is it?)
その値段はちょっと。。。(sono nedan wa chotto…./That price is a bit…)
ちょっと負けてください。。。(chotto ma-ke-te ku-da-sai /Please give me a little discount)
負けてくれれば、また来ますよ (ma-ke-te ku-re-re-ba, ma-ta ki-ma-su yo / If you give me a discount, i’ll come again)


In most big department stores, you can get a tax refund if the price exceeds 10,000 yen. But most of the time, there’s isn’t. So be thankful if they give you a discount and say ありがとうございます (a-ri-ga-tou go-zai-ma-su)  (^_^)


Self study Japanese Lesson 3: Buying things (Part 1)

Dear all,
Good evening. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to buy things.

すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse Me)
これ/それ/あれ を ___________   ください (kore / sore/ are   o  ________kudasai )
Give me _________ of this/that/ that thing over that (far from you and the listener)

ひとつ: hi-to-tsu/ one
ふたつ: fu-ta-tsu / two
みっつ: mi-ttsu / three
よっつ: yo-ttsu / four


これ を よっつ ください。 (kore o yottsu kudasai/ Give me 4 of this)

それ を みっつ ください。 (sore o mittsu kudasai/ Give me 3 of that)

For different items, there are different counters. For now, you can use the above first. We will learn more later. (^_^)
Usually Japanese will take the calculator and show you how much you need to pay. LOL.

Self study Japanese Lesson 2: Asking for Directions

Dear all,
Good morning. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to ask for directions.

すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse Me)
道に迷いました。 (mi-chi  ni  ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)   -Optional to say
______(Place that you wish to go) までは どうやって 行きますか。 (_________(Place that you wish to go)  ma-de wa  dou-yatte   i-ki-masu ka / How do i get to _______)

すみません。 (su-mi-masen / Excuse Me)
道にまよいました。 (michi-ni-ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)
しんじゅくまでは どうやって いきますか (shinjuku ma-de wa dou-yatte iki-masu ka / How do i get to Shinjuku?)

You might hear words like ひだり (hidari / left)   ,   みぎ (migi / right) ,  まえ (mae/ front)  , うしろ (ushiro / back) , あがって (a-ga-tte / go up) , まがって (ma-ga-tte / turn) , つきあたり (tsu-ki-atari / end of the street) , わかりません (wakarimasen/ i don’t know)

Once you are done, don’t forget to say ありがとうございました (a-ri-ga-tou  go-zai-ma-shita)  (^_^)

Self study Japanese Lesson 1: Self Introduction (The Humble Way)

Dear all who are reading this blog and have no experience in Japanese, but you are able to read Hiragana characters.
I’ll like to share with you how to self study Japanese.
In lesson 1, i’ll be sharing how can we do a self introduction in a humble manner. (^_^)
This is how it goes

はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te / How do you do?)
_____(your name) と申します (__________ to mou-shi-masu / I am called __________)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu / Please take care of me)


はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te)
ケン と申します (Ken to mou-shi-masu)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu)

I think if you watch youtube videos from Japanesepod101, etc, you would notice that
they will tell you to say わたしは________です (watashi wa _______ desu) in the second line, and どうぞ よろしく (douzo yoroshiku) in the third line.

What i am teaching here is the humble form of the Japanese language and i feel it will impress the person that you are speaking to even more when you use this. Do feel free to send your recording of your voices to me and i’ll be glad to correct you if needed.

Have a good day!