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Eric: Welcome to japanesepod101.com. Newbie series, Lori’s story 18. How would you like to pay for this? My name is Eric and I am with Naomi Sensei.
Naomi: こんにちは。
Eric: こんにちは。
Naomi: よろしくお願いします。
Eric: よろしくお願いします。 Naomi Sensei, what do we have today?
Naomi: 今日は Reviewing numbers and shopping conversation.
Eric: Wait shopping!
Naomi: はい。
Eric: Does that mean we are back at the department store?
Naomi: はい。 with Lori.
Eric: Uuuu with Lori. I have missed her. You don’t know how long it’s been.
Naomi: ねぇ。 Two, three weeks.
Eric: Unbelievable. Let’s get into it.
店員: お会計、一万 三千 百 二十五 円です。
ロリー: ちょっと 待ってください。はい、一万円。えっと...千円、二千円、三千円。あ...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。
店員: はい。大丈夫ですよ。
ロリー: あ、はい百円。十円、二十円。えっと...一円、二円、三円、四円...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。あれ...。あ、あのぉ...カード、大丈夫ですか。
店員: お会計、一万 三千 百 二十五 円です。
ロリー: ちょっと 待ってください。はい、一万円。えっと...千円、二千円、三千円。あ...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。
店員: はい。大丈夫ですよ。
ロリー: あ、はい百円。十円、二十円。えっと...一円、二円、三円、四円...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。あれ...。あ、あのぉ...カード、大丈夫ですか。
店員: お会計、一万 三千 百 二十五 円です。
CLERK: The total is 13,125 yen.
ロリー: ちょっと 待ってください。はい、一万円。えっと...千円、二千円、三千円。あ...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。
LORI: Wait a minute. Okay, ten thousand yen. Ummm, one thousand yen, two thousand yen, three thousand yen. Argh...wait a minute.
店員: はい。大丈夫ですよ。
CLERK: It's ok. Take your time.
ロリー: あ、はい百円。十円、二十円。えっと...一円、二円、三円、四円...ちょ、ちょっと待ってください。あれ...。あ、あのぉ...カード、大丈夫ですか。
LORI: OK, one hundred yen. Ten yen, twenty yen. Ummm...one yen, two yen, three yen, four yen...um, wait a minute please. Ah, ummm, can I pay by credit card?
Eric: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Lori couldn’t buy her shoes because she was missing ¥1.
Naomi: Right そうです.
Eric: ¥1, the lighter than air ¥1 coin. Unbelievable.
Naomi: I think she is going to buy by her credit card.
Eric: Hope she has enough credit on it.
Naomi: I know. In Japan, we don’t have the dish which has coins in it at the cash register.
Eric: Oh you mean like the Take a penny, Leave a penny, that system that they have at some coffee shops in America or in other places?
Naomi: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah take a penny, leave a penny, is that the proper name?
Eric: I don’t know it could be. I mean I have seen it on little signs behind the dish. So it could be.
Naomi: Okay.
Eric: You know give and take.
Naomi: That’s a really nice system but we don’t have it in Japan.
Eric: Right, right. In Japan, people don’t really like to give away their change. It’s not that they don’t like it but it’s just a – there is no real culture of that. There is no place to put the rest of that change and usually in another country, we just say keep the change if the change is so small that you don’t really want it. You can tell the people to you know, put it in that dish or you can give it. You put it in the little donation box right to give to charity. There is many outlets for that change but not in Japan.
Naomi: 次は単語です。
Eric: On to the vocabulary.
Eric: The first word is
Naomi: 会計
Eric: Account, check, bill.
Naomi: (slow)かいけい (natural speed) 会計
Eric: And the next word is
Naomi: ちょっと
Eric: A little, a bit.
Naomi: (slow)ちょっと (natural speed) ちょっと
Eric: The next phrase is
Naomi: 待ってください。
Eric: Please wait.
Naomi: 待ってください。
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: 大丈夫
Eric: All right, okay.
Naomi: (slow)だいじょうぶ (natural speed) 大丈夫
Eric: And the last word is
Naomi: カード
Eric: Card.
Naomi: (slow)カード (natural speed) カード
Eric: Okay. So now let’s take a closer look at some of these words and phrases. What’s the first word Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: 会計
Eric: 会計 which means check or bill like the bill that you would get at a restaurant right?
Naomi: はい。In a polite situation, we add お in front of 会計 and say お会計
Eric: Right so it’s kind of like when you are asking for water at a restaurant and you don’t just say 水、お願いします, you say
Naomi: お水、お願いします。
Eric: It just makes it more polite right?
Naomi: はい。 Right.
Eric: What’s our next phrase Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: ちょっと待ってください。
Eric: Please wait a bit. Right, first let’s break this down.
Naomi: ちょっと
Eric: A little like a little bit.
Naomi: 待ってください。
Eric: Please wait. So basically this phrase corresponds to just wait a bit, wait a minute, wait up.
Naomi: In a casual situation, we drop the final ください and say ちょっと待って
Eric: Is the ちょっと implying just wait a little bit or is it trying to make it sound insignificant.
Naomi: It really depends on the person even if someone says ちょっと待って the ちょっと means an hour or it could be two hours, three hours.
Eric: Oh my goodness! Yeah I guess it’s the same in any language right?
Naomi: そうですね。
Eric: It just depends on who is saying it and know what their concept of just wait a little bit means.
Naomi: 次は、文法です。
Eric: On to the grammar.

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Eric: What’s today’s target sentence Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: カード、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: That’s pretty short and it sounds simple but there is actually a lot going on in there right?
Naomi: Right.
Eric: All right. So let’s break it down first of all.
Naomi: カード
Eric: Card, credit card.
Naomi: 大丈夫
Eric: All right, okay.
Naomi: です
Eric: The copula.
Naomi: か
Eric: Question marking particle.
Naomi: カード大丈夫ですか?
Eric: Do you accept credit cards but if you change the context, it could actually mean something else. It could mean, is it okay that you pay by credit card.
Naomi: そうです。
Eric: Right, it’s very vague but we are going to get into that later. Right now, we are taking a look at what Lori said. She wants to know if she can pay by credit card okay and actually the official real way to say credit card in Japanese is
Naomi: クレジットカード
Eric: But as you can tell, it’s pretty long and pretty arduous to say. So everyone pretty much says
Naomi: カード
Eric: Right and when you say カード it pretty much means credit card right?
Naomi: Right.
Eric: So you know, come to think of it Naomi Sensei, this sentence, it doesn’t seem like there is anything new here. Right, we have studied it 大丈夫ですか in previous lessons right?
Naomi: Are you okay?
Eric: Right, are you okay, are you all right. Is everything alright with you?
Naomi: はい。
Eric: So what’s going on here, what makes this different? You know, if I were to literally say this in English, it would be, is the credit card all right?
Naomi: In this sentence, the verb to use is omitted and in a casual situation, it’s perfectly okay to drop verbs.
Eric: All right. So that makes sense. So it’s implied that you want to use the credit card so you don’t say the word use but you just want to know if it’s all right.
Naomi: そうですね。 Like something such and such 大丈夫ですか is basically asking the listeners convenience.
Eric: Okay good and so in that case, if there is nothing else, no verb or anything else, it basically means usage and their convenience with regarding to that item that you are mentioning right.
Naomi: そうですね。permissionとかね。
Eric: Permission. So it could be anything right?
Naomi: Convenience or permission はい。
Eric: Is tomorrow okay?
Naomi: 明日、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: For probably whatever you are planning right?
Naomi: Uhoo…
Eric: That’s perfect yeah. That makes sense. So you can put anything but you want to ask for confirmation or permission for and it has to be a noun right and then 大丈夫ですか.
Naomi: そうです。
Eric: But today, since we are mainly shopping, let’s talk about shopping things.
Naomi: はい。 Shopping related vocab.
Eric: You are way more eloquent than I am. So here, let’s say a couple of practice sentences. May I use my credit card?
Naomi: カード、大丈夫ですか or クレジットカード、大丈夫ですか
Eric: And you notice that クレジット from credit card. It basically comes from credit in English. Do you guys accept travelers checks?
Naomi: トラベラーズチェック、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: Do you guys accept cash here?
Naomi: Cash in Japanese is 現金。現金、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: Have you ever been to a store that doesn’t accept cash?
Naomi: No I haven’t.
Eric: And a quick little but that’s just my $0.02. This is not really a travel show but just in case anybody is thinking of coming to Japan, bring a lot of cash because actually there are still a lot of places that don’t accept credit cards and you might get stranded you know you don’t have enough cash on you but you will find all the information in the travel book. On to the next sentence. Can I pay with American Dollars?
Naomi: アメリカドル、大丈夫ですか? I don’t think we accept American dollars at the regular store.
Eric: Right. This is kind of an unrealistic question. You know, if you are in Japan, maybe fair in an airport, can I pay with Japanese yen?
Naomi: 日本円、大丈夫ですか? It’s a silly question though. Of course, you can.
Eric: Right exactly unless you are at the monopoly store but remember, we talked about this the other day. Yen in English is not yen in Japanese, it’s…
Naomi: 円
Eric: And Japanese yen is
Naomi: 日本円
Eric: And when you say a little faster
Naomi: 日本円
Eric: Okay Naomi Sensei, let’s go from practice.
Naomi: はい。
Eric: To more practice. Alright, so Naomi Sensei, you went to a department store after work today. It’s funny how I am talking about the future in past tense but any way, you went to the department store today after work and decided to buy a nice…
Naomi: T-Shirt.
Eric: Or a nice OBI for Kimono. You need a new OBI right; it’s getting a little old. Don’t use the same one.
Naomi: Okay.
Eric: So you go to the cash register and you say
Naomi: これ、お願いします。
Eric: And then the clerk tells you the price which would be ¥10,500
Naomi: お会計、1万500円です。
Eric: That’s a pretty cheap OBI right?
Naomi: That’s for OBI yeah it’s reasonable.
Eric: So then you looked in your wallet and realized that you just don’t have enough cash. So you just want to say, wait a moment please.
Naomi: ちょっと待ってください。
Eric: And for some reason, in your wallet, you found a nice, big stick of American dollars.
Naomi: I don’t think at all though.
Eric: Why you don’t think it will happen ever?
Naomi: Never but okay. アメリカドル、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: And then the shop clerk looks at you with his face saying
Naomi: すみません。
Eric: You can’t use American dollars but you have a credit card. So you say….
Naomi: カード、大丈夫ですか?
Eric: And finally the shop clerk smiles and says
Naomi: はい、大丈夫です。
Eric: No problem.


Eric: Okay the time has come for me to go find some new OBI designs for Naomi Sensei but before I go, I want to tell you about the line by line audio on the japanesepod101.com website. On the line by line audio page, the conversations like the dialogues with Lori are broken down into comprehensible bite size sentences by line right. You can just click on the play button and it will play each line and if you use this with the voice recording tool, your Japanese will not only improve by bounds, but your pronunciation will get much better. Check it out. I will see you guys next week.
Naomi: じゃ、また。


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November 8th, 2008 at 06:30 PM
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In Japan, most people pay in cash when purchasing. Which do you prefer, cash or credit cards?

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October 26th, 2019 at 07:13 PM
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Konnichiwa Castus,

Thank you for your message. You are right, Normally there is a は particle in the sentence.

However the we often omit certain particles when we talk. (especially informal situation)For example...

「家族、元気?」/Is your family fine? (Normally there is は between 家族&元気)

「ビール、ある?」/Is there a beer(Do you have a beer) " Normally there is は between ビール&ある"

Keep up the good study!


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August 4th, 2019 at 07:10 AM
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Would it be correct to use the particle は instead of the comma because カード is a new topic being introduced?

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Ems さん、




(Me too.)

Natsuko (奈津子),

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kaado no hou ga genkin yori benri dakara kaado wo tsukatte suki desu

Because credit cards are more convenient than cash, I like using credit cards.

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「一日一個のりんごは医者いらず(an apple a day keeps the doctor away)」ですね。

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(I have card and cash. I bought a Starbucks coffee with cash, I also bought my lunch from a convenience store using card.)

I wasn't sure which particle to use to indicate what I has used (cash or card) to purchase items.

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I don't have a credit card, but I have cash.