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Intro

Jessi:
Jessi here! Absolute Beginner Season 1 , Lesson 5 - Can You Take My Japanese Order?
Jessi:
Hi everyone! Welcome to Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 5 - Can You Take My Japanese Order? Jessiです。Jessi here.
Naomi:
こんにちは!なおみです。Naomi here and thanks again for being here with us for this Absolute Beginner Lesson.
Jessi:
In the last lesson, we learned how to say "Excuse me" and "I'm sorry." One phrase covered them both!
Naomi:
Yes, and that phrase was すみません。Jessi, what are we going to learn in this lesson?
Jessi:
In this lesson, which is the last of the five Introduction lessons, you'll learn how to ask for something in Japanese.
Naomi:
Like, if you're at a restaurant, and want to say "Can I get a menu?"
Jessi:
Or "Can I get some water?" It's actually really easy to say.
Naomi:
You will hear a short conversation at a restaurant.
Jessi:
It takes place between a customer and a waiter. Okay, let's listen in.

Lesson conversation

客:
すみません!メニュー、おねがいします。
店員:
はい。
客:
すみません、みず、おねがいします。
店員:
はい。
客:
すみません、ちゅうもん、おねがいします。
店員:
はーい。
客:
すみません!メニュー、おねがいします。
店員:
はい。
客:
すみません、みず、おねがいします。
店員:
はい。
客:
すみません、ちゅうもん、おねがいします。
店員:
はーい。
English Host:
Now let’s listen to it with the translation.
客:
すみません!メニュー、おねがいします。
Jessi:
Excuse me, can I get a menu?
店員:
はい。
Jessi:
Sure.
客:
すみません、みず、おねがいします。
Jessi:
Excuse me, can I get some water?
店員:
はい。
Jessi:
Sure.
客:
すみません、ちゅうもん、おねがいします。
Jessi:
Excuse me, can you take my order?
店員:
はーい。
Jessi:
Sure!
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Jessi:
It sounds like the waiter is having a bit of a tough time with that table...
Naomi:
She has to keep going back. The customer kept saying すみません~ すみません~.
Jessi:
Listeners, you remember this, right? From the last lesson? One of the meanings of すみません is "excuse me." So, "Excuse me, excuse me, can I get some help here?" Kind of like that.
Naomi:
Right. Okay. So let's look at what he asked for.
Jessi:
The first new word is...
Naomi:
メニュー
Jessi:
Menu. If it sounds exactly the same, that's because it is! You'll find that a lot of words in Japanese come straight from English. Just like this one.
Naomi:
Just, the pronunciation might be different.
Jessi:
Right. In most cases it will be very different. But in this case...
Naomi:
メニュー
Jessi:
メニュー sounds just like "menu". And the next word?
Naomi:
水.
Jessi:
水 is "water," and after that...?
Naomi:
注文.
Jessi:
注文 is "order." Don't worry about trying to memorize all these now. Just keep them in the back of your brain. We'll be using them in the next section.
Naomi:
There's one more word I want to cover.
Jessi:
The one the waiter kept saying, right?
Naomi:
Yes! That word is はい!
Jessi:
はい! We talked about this in the last lesson where it was almost like a question - はい? Yes? This time it's just a straightforward "yes" or "sure."

Lesson focus

Jessi:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask for something in Japanese.
Naomi:
There's one phrase you will learn for that in this lesson.
Jessi:
And you actually already know it! Do you remember the phrase you learned when introducing yourself. The one you say at the end after your name?
Naomi:
よろしくお願いします。
Jessi:
That's it! よろしく お願いします. That second part, お願いします, is what we'll be using today.
Naomi:
On its own, you can think of it as meaning "please."
Jessi:
Yes, as in "menu please", "water please", and so on. Okay so Naomi, what is the formation?
Naomi:
Very simple. Just say the item you want and add お願いします.
Jessi:
So that's item plus お願いします
Naomi:
Exactly.
Jessi:
So like we had in the dialogue...
Naomi:
メニューお願いします
Jessi:
Literally, "menu please". In more natural English we'd say "Can I get a menu?" And the next one?
Naomi:
水お願いします
Jessi:
"Can I get some water?" Let's practice those, shall we?
Naomi:
Okay!
Jessi:
Repeat after Naomi. Can I get a menu?
Naomi:
メニューお願いします
[Pause]
Jessi:
And now, can I get some water?
Naomi:
水お願いします
[Pause]
Jessi:
Now, a menu and water are both physical objects. So you can use this お願いします for actual tangible things. BUT you can also use it for not-so-tangible things.
Naomi:
Ahh, like... a service.
Jessi:
Right. Can you give us the example of that we had in the dialogue?
Naomi:
Sure. 注文お願いします.
Jessi:
注文 is order, and お願いします is like please. So literally, it's like saying "Order please." You may think it means something like, "Can I have my order please?" But what it really means is, "Can you take my order please?"
Naomi:
So you're asking them to do something.
Jessi:
Yes. Quite handy, this お願いします (笑).
Naomi:
Okay, let's try a small role play!
Jessi:
Okay! How about you and I first and then you with the listeners?
Naomi:
Sounds good! I'll be the waitress.
Jessi:
And I'll be the customer. Okay, I've just settled down in this nice looking restaurant, what do I want to eat... hmm? I don't see a menu. I better get the waitresses attention... あの...すみません~
Naomi:
はい!
Jessi:
メニューお願いします。
Naomi:
はーい。
Jessi:
Yay, I got my menu! Okay, listeners, your turn! You've just sat down at your table. First, get the attention of the waitress.
[Pause] (あの...)すみません
Naomi:
はい!
Jessi:
Ask the waitress for a menu.
[Pause] メニューお願いします
Naomi:
はーい。
Jessi:
Very nice! How about a small bonus one? Here comes Naomi with your menu. She hands it to you and you thank her by saying...?
[Pause]
Jessi:
If you said...
Naomi:
ありがとうございます!
Jessi:
Give yourself an extra point.
Naomi:
If not, please review Lesson 3!

Outro

Jessi:
Okay. Well, that's going to be all for this lesson. Congratulations! You've made it through the first five introduction lessons.
Naomi:
Now you know now around 10 useful phrases.
Jessi:
And some vocabulary words! I think that's a really great start. Join us next time when we move on into the main part of the series. The story that revolves around Taylor Allen and his visiting Japanese relatives.
Naomi:
As always, thanks for listening!ありがとうございます!
Jessi:
See you all next time!

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Hi everyone,

This lesson concludes the 5 introductory lessons! How were they? Join us for the next lesson, where our story begins!

Jack
September 15th, 2017 at 10:21 pm
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あのすみません。おかいけいおねがいします。

すみません。 ちゅものねがいします。とり の からあげもみずもおねがいします。

August 26th, 2017 at 2:17 am
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@Echo Thank you for your post.
Check out this lesson. Hiroko will answer your question 😉
https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-hiroko-15-onegai-shimasu-or-kudasai/

Cheers!
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Echo
August 25th, 2017 at 2:32 am
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こんにちは!
In this lesson,we’ve learned “can i have the menu”is “メニューお願いします”.But according to the example sentence of “メニュー”we can also say”メニューをください”.Seemingly,both expressions are right.So would you tell me what is the difference between “お願いします”and “ください”?
ありがとうございます!

August 22nd, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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Hi Chris,
Thank you for your comment!

We are glad to hear that you enjoy our lessons👍
And yes, 水(mizu) is one of kanji in Japanese and it means water.

The following website might help you.
https://www.japanesepod101.com/japanese-kanji/

Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com
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Chris
August 15th, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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Hey there. Loving the lessons so far. Just a quick question: You used this character, ‘水、’ to denote, ‘mizu’, in the lesson notes, if I’m not mistaken. Is this character a kanji character?

July 21st, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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Elesha-san,
konnichiwa! 😄
Thank you for the comment and sorry for the confusion if caused.
You’ve got a good point. I’ll share your post with my team and discuss about it.
Please know, for now, that it is not always ‘correspondable’ or ‘the best’ to
stick to grammatical function because (especially when it comes to this sort of
sentences and phrases), politeness and nuance of request are not always the same.
Also, it is very true that ‘grammatically same’ sentences often don’t work in another language.
In this case of the dialogue sentences, the use of ‘please’ in English and ‘onegai shimasu’
might give different impression and I believe the English translation ‘can I…?’ suits the best here.
However, with that said, you are of course right about the difference of grammar: one is affirmative
(or polite imperative) and the other is interrogative.😉

Natsuko (奈津子),
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July 20th, 2017 at 11:48 pm
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Hi Baritzstol,

Thank you for your comment! The five question words in Japanese would be:

Who = 誰(だれ)?
What = 何(なに)?
When = いつ?
Where = どこ?
Why = 何故(なぜ)?

We wish you the best of luck with your further studies.

Piers
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Elesha
July 12th, 2017 at 9:58 am
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I have a question/comment about the question system in Japanese. Normally such a phrase I thought would be “Excuse me, some water please.” Since it didn’t have the question marking “ka” there. However it’s translated as “Can I get some water please?” If we were to translate something in what way or tricks should we try to distinguish one use from another with the “ka”?

Baritzstol
July 12th, 2017 at 6:17 am
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What are the five question words (what, when, why, how, and where) in Japanese?

June 9th, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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Louieさん、

@Herman さん、
こんにちは。

Thank you for your positive feedback!

Please stay tuned, as we’ll have new lessons for you every week! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask us.

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Cristiane (クリスチアネ)
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