23. Useful Expressions 4: How to Ask if Something Exists

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With this lesson, you’ll be able to ask if a restaurant/cafe has your favorite item (just one of many ways to use this phrase!).

What would YOU ask for?

In this warm weather, I might ask… アイスはありますか? Do you have ice cream? :mrgreen:

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Farebury san,
Thank you for the question. :smile:
Actually 水おねがいします and 水ください have the same meaning.
水おねがいします is slightly more polite here.
By the way you should make sure the spellings ください and ありがとうございます.
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Farebury

i was on a lesson in the “audio lessons” and the guy ordered water he said 水おねがいします but its suppose to be 水くづさい?  or is “kudusai” も クヅサイ。  ありがとおざいます。

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Silviu san,
が indicates ‘only one thing is there’.
On the other hand は indicates ‘several things there’.
ハンバーガーがありますか sounds like “do you have the hamburger?”or “is there the hamburger?”.
Whenは is used, the speakers knew several other things there like ‘do you have a hamburger?’.
When you want to mention only one thing, you should use が.
For example, くろいぺんがあります.
However, when you useは, it shows you have a black pen however, you don’t have other colour pens.

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avatar Silviu

Why was は used in the sentence “ハンバーガー は あります か?” instead of が?

I’m still going through the beginner audio and video lessons and this is the first time I’ve seen は used before あります instead of が. When is it appropriate to use はwith あります instead of が?

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Hi Laura!

I’m glad you enjoy the skits :innocent:

By the way, it’s “daisuki” and not “daisuke”. Daisuke is a male name :sunglasses:

Good luck!
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avatar Laura

The skits are so entertaining! Watashi wa kore ga daisuke desu!

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Rob Acorn san,

Thank you for the comment.
It may be a typo however, the correct one is Hiroko sensei wa wakari yasui desu. :smile:

Yuki  由紀

avatar Rob Acorn

The “skit” is really useful, thankyou. Hiroko sensei wa wakaru yasui desu. ( Miss Hiroko the teacher, is easy to understand,) I think it means.

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Ian san

Have you been to Japan?
That’s great.
Did you have a good time there?

Yuki 由紀
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avatar Ian

I wish that I would’ve known this seven months ago when I was in Nihon! :thumbsup: