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Going To Different Shops

This lesson gives you how to speak, behave while shopping at different places.This will be great practic for you.

Going to a Department Store

Depato (deh-pahh-toh; department stores) are very convenient. Which departments interest you?

  • fujinfuku (foo-jeen-foo-koo; women's clothes)
  • hoseki (hohh-seh-kee; jewelry)
  • kaban (kah-bahn; luggage)
  • kagu (kah-goo; furniture)
  • keshohin (keh-shohh-heen; cosmetics)
  • kodomofuku (koh-doh-moh-foo-koo; children's clothes
  • kutsu (koo-tsoo; shoes)
  • shinshifuku (sheen-shee-foo-koo; men's clothes)
  • shoseki (shoh-seh-kee; books)
  • supotsu yohin (soo-pohh-tsoo yohh-heen; sporting goods)

Grocery Shopping

Restaurants are great, but if you want to save time or money, shop for food. If you go to a supamaketto (sooo-pahh-mahh-keht-toh; supermarket), you can get most of the items you need in one trip, including:

Going to a butcher

You can find these niku (nee-koo; meats) at a nikuya-san (nee-koo-yah-sahn; meat store):

Buying Vegetables and fruit

You can buy yasai (yah-seh-ee; vegetables) and kuda-mono (koo-dah-moh-noh; fruits) in supermarkets, but if you go to a farm stand or a yaoya-san (yah-oh-yah-sahn; produce store/greenmarket), you'll get the freshest produce. Include some of the following healthful items on your shoppingu risuto (shohp-peen-goo ree-soo-toh; shopping list):

Buying fresh fish

The Japanese are big fish eaters. If you're a fish lover, too, a fish market is the place for you. Remember the names of your favorite fish when you make the trip:

Negotiating Prices

Kaimono (kah-ee-moh-noh; shopping) can be exciting. Visiting different mise (mee-seh; stores), checking out all the items, and comparing nedan (neh-dahn; prices) is my idea of a great afternoon. Are you good at asking for nebiki (neh-bee-kee; discounts)? You can't just expect a discount - you have to be firm about asking for it. Here are a few phrases for talking about nedan:

Conjugate the u-verb kau (to buy). Watch out for the w sound that appears in the negative form.


Words to Know
Ikura desu ka?ee-koo-rah deh-soo kahHow much?

Paying for your Purchases

If you're going shopping, you need a kurejitto kado (koo-reh-jeet-toh kahh-doh; credit card) or some o-satsu (oh-sah-tsoo; bills) and a few koka (kohh-kah; coins). When you harau (hah-rah-oo; pay), don't forget your o-tsuri (oh-tsoo-ree; change).

Conjugate the u-verb harau (hah-rah-oo; to pay). Watch out for the w sound that shows up in the negative form.


Words to Know
shohizeishohh-hee-zehhsales tax

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