The Japanese language is not very easy to learn for a new person who is trying to become fluent. However, if you are planning to go to Japan for a visit then you should try to learn some basic Japanese phrases, it is actually not so difficult. Read on to learn just the essential phrases you should try and remember to make your shopping experience memorable and fun. Imagine telling your friends that you actually were able to speak in Japanese to negotiate and buy their presents!
A vast majority of words used in Japanese are very different from English or for that matter any other language in the World. Still there are some very common words and phrases of Japanese language which we use daily in our conversation. Some of the commonly used Japanese words include samurai, geisha, karaoke, kimono, etc, and you can find even more if you look around. Here I will be some of the basic Japanese shopping phrases which you must learn to enjoy a great shopping experience in Japan:
1. Whenever you go to a market, the first thing you could ask is “What’s this?” and in Japanese you can ask “Kore wa nan desu ka?”
2. You can ask the price of the item you choose by asking “Ikura desu ka?” which means “How much?”
3. If you are trying to find anything useful or just window shopping and the shop keeper asks you if you need anything in particular, then you can answer “Just looking!” by saying “Miteru dake desu!”
4. When the shop keeper shows you something and you do not like it but still want to see something similar, then you can ask “Anything else?” or in Japanese “Nanika hokani arimasu ka?”
5. If you find some items to buy and the shop keeper continues to show you different items then you can put an end to your shopping by saying “Sore de zenbu desu!” which means “That’s all!”
6. If you want something smaller or bigger than the one shown to you then you can ask “Anything Smaller?” by saying “Motto chiisai no wa?” or “Anything Bigger?” by stating “Motto ookii no wa?”
7. If you feel that the shop keeper is asking a huge amount for the item, then you can convey your concern by saying “Too expensive” or “Takasu-gimasu”.
8. You can further ask for some discount on the item using the common Japanese shopping phrase “Waribiki wa arimasu ka?” meaning “Any discount?”
9. If you think that the item shown to you is tiny then you can tell the sales person that it is “Too small!” by saying “Chiisasugiru”.
10. Similarly if the item is larger in size than the one you require, then you should tell the shop keeper “Ookisugiru!” which means “Too big”.
By simply learning these small yet useful Japanese shopping phrases you can very easily roam around the markets in Tokyo or any other Japanese city and find whatever you want to buy for your friends and family.