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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Japanese Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking How Much Something Costs. In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask how much something costs in Japanese.
Body
John: Here's a formal way to ask "How much does this cost?" in Japanese.
Risa: [Normal] これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
John: First is a word meaning "this."
Risa: [Normal] これ [Slow] これ (kore)
John: Next is the topic particle.
Risa: [Normal] は [Slow] は (wa)
John: Next is the word meaning "how much."
Risa: [Normal] いくら [Slow] いくら(ikura)
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Risa: [Normal] です [Slow] です(desu)
John: Last is the question particle.
Risa: [Normal] か [Slow] か(ka)
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning "How much does this cost?"
Risa: [Slow] これはいくらですか。 [Normal] これはいくらですか。
John: Now, imagine you’re pointing at an item. Here's an informal way to ask, "How much does this cost?"
Risa: [Normal] これ、いくら?(Kore, ikura ?)
John: First is a word meaning "this."
Risa: [Normal] これ [Slow] これ (kore)
John: Next is the word meaning "how much."
Risa: [Normal] いくら [Slow] いくら(ikura)
John: Note the pause after "kore" and the rising intonation at the end. Listen again to the informal question meaning "How much does this cost?"
Risa: [Slow] これ、いくら? [Normal] これ、いくら?
John: Here's a response meaning "Okay, I'll take it."
Risa: [Normal] じゃあ、これをください。(Jā, kore o kudasai.)
John: First is a word meaning "well,” “then."
Risa: [Normal] じゃあ [Slow] じゃあ (jā)
John: Next is the word meaning "this."
Risa: [Normal] これ [Slow] これ (kore)
John: Next is the object particle.
Risa: [Normal] を [Slow] を(o)
John: Last is the word meaning "please give me."
Risa: [Normal] ください [Slow] ください(kudasai)
John: Listen again to the response, "Okay, I'll take it."
Risa: [Slow] じゃあ、これをください。 [Normal] じゃあ、これをください。
John: Here's a response meaning, "No, thanks. It's too expensive." or literally “No, thanks. It’s a bit expensive.”
Risa: [Normal] すみません、ちょっと高いです。(Sumimasen, chotto takai desu.)
John: First is a word literally meaning "sorry."
Risa: [Normal] すみません [Slow] すみません(sumimasen)
John: Next is the word meaning "a bit."
Risa: [Normal] ちょっと [Slow] ちょっと (chotto)
John: Next is the word meaning "expensive."
Risa: [Normal] 高い [Slow] 高い(takai)
John: Last is the word meaning "is."
Risa: [Normal] です [Slow] です (desu)
John: Note the pause after the word meaning “sorry,” and that Japanese people tend to say “a bit expensive” even if it is “too” expensive. It's a way to deliver negative feedback. Listen again to the response, "No, thanks. It's too expensive."
Risa: [Slow] すみません、ちょっと高いです。 [Normal] すみません、ちょっと高いです。
Cultural Insight
John: Now, it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Risa: In Japan, there are many household goods stores called "100-yen shops" where you can buy everything for one coin before tax. You don't even need to ask “How much?” (Kore wa ikura desu ka.) there, right?

Outro

John: And that's all for this lesson. Don't forget to check out the lesson notes, and we'll see you in the next lesson!
Risa: またね!(mata ne!)

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September 18th, 2017 at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice asking prices here!

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December 8th, 2018 at 02:38 AM
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Maxさん、


コメントをありがとうございます!

ひとつだけ、少し直しますね。


じやあ、これおください。

>> じゃあ、これをください。

Particle-o should be written with を.


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Miki H

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Max
November 20th, 2018 at 02:46 AM
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これはいくらですか。

これ、いくら?

じやあ、これおください。

すみません、ちょっと高いです。

JapanesePod101.com Verified
October 23rd, 2018 at 04:34 PM
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Hi Sap,

Thank you for the comment!


To be exact, "Jā, kore o onegai shimasu" doesn't contain any specific verbs but "o-negai (shimasu)" that just means "please". So if it is clear that you buy it, you can say "Jā, kore o onegai shimasu" instead. In some situations, salespeople might not exactly get whether you want to buy it or, for example, you want to try it. Please note that "kudasai" is also polite enough to use at shops/restaurants.


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October 16th, 2018 at 04:33 AM
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Hi คเณศ เขยเพ็ญศรี,


Thank you very much for leaving a comment! Everything you wrote in Japanese is correct! Great job!


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Sap
October 7th, 2018 at 03:54 PM
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In regards to "Jā, kore o kudasai", is it not safer to use "Jā, kore o onegai shimasu"?

คเณศ เขยเพ็ญศรี
August 28th, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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それはいくらですか。

それは20円です。

これ、いくら?

これ、15円です。

じゃあ、これをください。

はい!