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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Hi everyone, and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com. This is Lower Beginner, Season 2, Lesson 19 - Exchanging Your American Dollars for Japanese Yen. I’m Becky.
Natsuko: こんにちは。 なつこです。
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to exchange money. The conversation takes place at a foreign exchange counter.
Natsuko: It's between David and a clerk.
Becky: The speakers are a customer and a shop clerk, so they’ll be using formal Japanese. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
デービッド:すみません、ドルを円にりょうがえしてもらえますか。
店員:はい。いくら、りょうがえしますか。
デービッド: きょうのレートはいくらですか。
店員:1ドル98円50せんです。てすうりょうこみです。
デービッド:じゃ、300ドル、おねがいします。
店員:かしこまりました。(間)はい、29550円です。
デービッド:この1万円さつを千円さつにりょうがえしてもらえますか。
Becky: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
デービッド:すみません、ドルを円にりょうがえしてもらえますか。
店員:はい。いくら、りょうがえしますか。
デービッド: きょうのレートはいくらですか。
店員:1ドル98円50せんです。てすうりょうこみです。
デービッド:じゃ、300ドル、おねがいします。
店員:かしこまりました。(間)はい、29550円です。
デービッド:この1万円さつを千円さつにりょうがえしてもらえますか。
Becky: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
David: Excuse me, but can you exchange dollars into yen?
Clerk: Sure. How much are you going to exchange?
David: How much is today's rate?
Clerk: It's 98.50 yen per dollar. It's including the fee.
David: Then, I'd like to exchange 300 dollars.
Clerk: Sure. (interval) Here is 29,550 yen.
David: Can you change this 10,000 yen bill into 1,000 yen bills?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Natsuko: Becky, do you have any recommendations for exchanging money in Japan?
Becky: Well actually foreign exchange counters are not so common in Japan, and even in Tokyo it will take time to find one, so I think it’s more convenient to exchange money at the airport. Rates will be expensive there, but it’s better than trying to find a place once you’re in the city. Of course, you can also buy yen or exchange money at foreign exchange counters at banks, large hotels and inns.
Natsuko: When you’re looking for a currency exchange, just remember this word 両替 meaning “currency exchange.”
Becky: Okay! Now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is…
Natsuko: りょうがえ [natural native speed]
Becky: exchange
Natsuko: りょうがえ[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: りょうがえ [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: ドル [natural native speed]
Becky: dollar
Natsuko: ドル[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: ドル [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: 円 [natural native speed]
Becky: yen
Natsuko: 円[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: 円 [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: いくら [natural native speed]
Becky: how much
Natsuko: いくら[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: いくら [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: レート [natural native speed]
Becky: rate
Natsuko: レート[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: レート [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: てすうりょう [natural native speed]
Becky: fee, commission charge
Natsuko: てすうりょう[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: てすうりょう [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: こみ [natural native speed]
Becky: included
Natsuko: こみ[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: こみ [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have..
Natsuko: せん [natural native speed]
Becky: one hundredth of a yen
Natsuko: せん[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: せん [natural native speed]
Becky: And last..
Natsuko: さつ [natural native speed]
Becky: bill
Natsuko: さつ[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Natsuko: さつ [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Natsuko: 98円50せん
Becky: meaning "98.5 yen"
Natsuko: 円 (en) means ”yen,” and せん(sen) means "one-hundredth of a yen." 
Becky: But Natsuko, I don’t actually use the word せん when I talk about price in Japan.
Natsuko: Ah yes. The unit せん(sen) is only used for the exchange rate.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
Natsuko: Sure. For example, when you ask... 1ドルはいくらですか。
Becky: “How many yen is to a dollar?”
Natsuko: You might hear a price like 98円50せんです。
Becky: “It's 98.50 yen." Okay, what's the next word?
Natsuko: てすうりょうこみ
Becky: meaning "including fees, including commission"
Natsuko: てすうりょう means "fees" and こみ "including".
Becky: You will often hear this word when you’re receiving a service from a bank, security company, or travel agency, when you will need to pay fees for their service.
Natsuko: Right. When they tell you how much you need to pay in total including the fees or commissions for their services, they will say てすうりょうこみ(tesūryō-komi)...
Becky: meaning "including fees." Natsuko, can you give us an example using this word?
Natsuko: Sure. To check if the commission is included in the price, you can ask.. その価格は、てすうりょうこみですか。
Becky: “Is there commision included in this price?”
Natsuko: If it’s not included, the person will say.. てすうりょうは、べつです。
Becky: “Commission will be charged separately." Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you will learn how to exchange money.
Natsuko: When you ask about currency exchange, you can use the sentence structure... A を B に両替してもらえますか。
Becky: So if you want to exchange US dollars to Japanese yen, you can say ..
Natsuko: ドルを円に
Becky: “Dollar into Yen.”
Becky: And, you can add the request, “could you exchange, please?”
Natsuko:  りょうがえしてもらえますか
Becky: Can you break down this phrase?
Natsuko: Sure. 両替する is the verb meaning “to exchange” and its te-form is りょうがえして
Becky:  Then we had..
Natsuko: もらえますか
Becky: which is the expression to ask someone to do something politely. So altogether, “could you exchange please” is,
Natsuko: りょうがえしてもらえますか
Becky: “Could you exchange US dollars into Japanese yen please”?
Natsuko: ドルを円にりょうがえしてもらえますか
Becky: Natsuko, what if we want to exchange Korean won into yen?
Natsuko: Just replace ドル with ウォン, the currency name for Korean won.
Becky: So, the whole sentence “Can you please exchange won into yen?” would be
Natsuko: ウォンを円に両替えしてもらえますか。
Becky: And another example, "Can you change Singapore dollars into yen?" is,
Natsuko: シンガポールドルを円にりょうがえしてもらえますか。

Outro

Becky: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Natsuko: またねー

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May 11th, 2015 at 06:30 PM
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How do you usually exchange Japanese yen?

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January 16th, 2017 at 04:44 PM
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スツカさん、

こんにちは。

I'm sorry for the very late reply!!:disappointed:


This sentence is perfect: 1万円を10枚のドル紙幣に両替してもらえますか。

Regarding the first sentence you wrote, the particle に comes after the 10枚, so:

1万円をドル紙幣10枚に両替してもらえますか。


Hope this helps!


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スツカ
November 19th, 2016 at 05:17 AM
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Both these patterns sound correct?

1万円をドル紙幣に10枚両替してもらえますか。

1万円を10枚のドル紙幣に両替してもらえますか。

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April 3rd, 2016 at 08:18 PM
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Andyさん、

こんにちは。

またポストしてください。:smile:

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Andy
March 26th, 2016 at 08:54 PM
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わかりました!

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March 25th, 2016 at 04:45 PM
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Andy san,

こんにちは。:smile:

Your sentences are good however, you used masu in the first and second sentences so the third one should have the polite from.

銀行で両替したほうがいいでしょう。

銀行で両替したほうがいいと思います。

Either one is ok.

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Andy
March 18th, 2016 at 04:40 PM
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僕はあまり円を両替しません。

I don`t usually exchange yen.


今年の5月アメリカに帰ります。

In May I will return to America.


銀行で両替の方がいいだろう。

I wonder if it`s better to exchange money at the bank.

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May 18th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
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Mark san,

Konnichiwa.

Thank you sharing your experience.

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Mark
May 14th, 2015 at 01:28 AM
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When i got to Japan I withdrew cash at the 7 Eleven ATM's. I only got charged about 5 bucks per transaction.

Mark
May 14th, 2015 at 01:25 AM
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On my last trip to Japan in September in 2014 I procrastinated in getting Yen at my bank. They told me it would take a week to order and I was leaving in a few days. I live in Hawaii and thought they would have some Yen since we have a lot of Japanese visitors. Ooops!!! When I got to the airport on O'ahu I exchanged 100.00 dollars for 8500 Yen