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Shopping For Clothes


When you buy yofuku (yohh-foo-koo; clothes), do you look for quality items that you can wear for ten years or more, or do you buy cheap items that you can wear for just one season? Check out below table for a list of clothes and accessories.

Articles of Clothing and Accessories
ItemPronunciationTranslation
jakettojah-keht-tohjacket
kotokohh-tohcoat
kutsukoo-tsooshoes
kutsushitakoo-tsoo-shee-tahsocks
setasehh-tahhsweater
shatsushah-tsooshirt
shitagishee-tah-geeunderwear
suetto shatsisoo-eht-toh shah-tsoosweatshirt
sukatosoo-kahh-tohskirt
zubonzoo-bohnpants/slacks

Asking about color

When you buy yofuku (yohh-foo-koo; clothes), check out all the iro (ee-roh; colors) and pick the one that looks best on you.

If the salesperson shows you a color you're not crazy about, simply ask Chigau iro wa (chee-gah-oo ee-roh wah; Do you have a different color?)

Finding the right size

If you're in a store wondering whether an article of clothing is your saizu (sah-ee-zoo; size), ask the clerk Chotto kite mite mo ii desu ka (choht-toh kee-teh mee-teh moh eee deh-soo kah; Can I try it on a little?). If the clerk says okay, go to the shichakushitsu (shee-chah-koo-shee-tsoo; fitting room) and see whether it's a chodo ii (chohh-doh eee; exact fit). If not, you can use one of the following phrases:

The verb kiru (kee-roo; to wear) is a ru-verb. Here's the conjugation:

FormPronunciaiton
kirukee-roo
kinaikee-nah-ee
kikee
kitekee-teh

When you want to try doing something, use the verb in the te-form and add miru. For example, kite miru (kee-teh mee-roo) means "to try wearing" or "to try on." Trying on clothes is important, but shopping for a T-shatsu (teee-shah-tsoo; T-shirt) is pretty easy. You can often avoid going to the shichakushitsu (shee-chah-koo-shee-tsoo; fitting room) if you know your size:

Buying a dress is more complicated. Use the counter -go (gohh) when sizing up your choices.

Women's dress sizes in Japan are one size less than they are in the United States. Here are the rough equivalents for women's dress sizes:

American6810121416
Japanese579111315

Men's suit and coat sizes are expressed in letters in Japan. Compare American sizes and Japanese sizes:

American34363840424446
JapaneseS--M--L--LL

In Japan, you specify length by using the metric system. If your waist is 30 inchi (sahn-jooo-een chee; 30 inches), it's 76.2 senchi (nah-nah-jooo-roh-koo tehn nee sehn-chee; 76.2 centimeters). To find your size in centimeters, multiply your size in inches by 2.54 (1 inch = 2.54 centimeters).

Words to Know
chodo iichohh-doh eeeexact fit, just right
mijikaimee-jee-kah-eeshort
nagainah-gah-eelong
chisaicheee-sah-eesmall
okiiohh-keeebig
saiziisah-ee-zoosize
shichakushitsushee-chah-koo-shee-tsoofitting room



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