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Start speaking Japanese in minutes and learn about culture and customs in just minutes more with Japanese survival phrases, a completely new way to master the basics of Japanese. To get more free Japanese lessons, go to japanesepod101.com and sign up for your free lifetime account. Signing up takes less than ten sounds and you will find more great lessons just like this one. Today’s phrase will help you take matters into your own hands. Today’s phrase is Kudasai. as in asking for something or someone to do something for you. In Japanese, please is Kudasai. Ku-da-sa-i. broken down by syllable, it’s Ku-da-sa-i.
Altogether now Kudasai. The most rudimentary way of using this phrase is pointing at something while saying it but let’s try and build this up a bit, shall we? Let’s start with the expression this please which in Japanese is Kore kudasai. Now let’s take a look at the word order. In English, this comes before please. In Japanese, it’s the same. In Japanese, this Kore precedes please Kudasai. So together it’s Kore kudasai. Ko-re-ku-da-sa-i. Kore kudasai. Looking at this warrants a look at that which is Sore So-re in Japanese. Broken down by syllable, it’s So-re together Sore. So the expression for that please in Japanese would be Sore kudasai. Sore kudasai. So-re-ku-da-sa-i. Sore kudasai.
Now that I covered, I’d like to introduce a part of the course that’s called Sachiko secret. Today’s secret is that in Japan, most menus actually come with the picture of what’s being offered be it a glass of beer, a plate of pasta. They all come with pictures. So all you have to do is point at the picture and say Kudasai. If you can be a little bit more adventurous, you can say, Kore kudasai. which is this please. Do you think you can give that a shot? Let me give you another Sachiko secret. I actually point to menus myself. It’s so tempting. It looks so good, the food, the beverages. It’s just so – I can’t resist myself. I just point to it as if I just want to grab it out of the menu.
Now that I’ve given you a Sachiko secret, promise me you will try it out. Okay, so to close our today’s lesson, let’s practice what you’ve just learned. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in Japanese. You got that. I will give you a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck Ganbatte kudasai. Word #1, please Kudasai. Ku-da-sa-i. Kudasai, Next, this please Kore kudasai. Ko-re-ku-da-sa-i. Kore kudasai, next, that please. I can’t hear you. What’s that? Yes Sore kudasai. So-re-ku-da-sa-i. Sore kudasai. All right. That’s going to do it for today. See you later which in Japanese is Matane.

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone! Now you should know how to ask for something in Japanese! :hachimaki:

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November 15th, 2018 at 8:43 am
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Hi Leonely and Shaliza Hayati,


Thank you very much for your comment!

Glad to hear this lesson was helpful.


Thank you for studying with us!


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Shaliza Hayati
November 7th, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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👍

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Leonely
March 24th, 2018 at 7:16 am
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The thing is how you say please give a ticket and a map

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February 28th, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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Rebecca さん、

こんにちは!

Very well done!! ??

You can say either にまい ちずを ください OR ちずを にまい ください ?


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Rebecca
February 1st, 2018 at 3:21 pm
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おはようございます


So if it wanted two maps would I say:


にまいちずをください。


どうもありがとうございます


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January 16th, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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Brittany-san,

konnichiwa! :smile:

I'm sorry for the very late reply!!


First, 'onegai shimasu' is a politer version of 'onegai' (which is very casual).

So, whenever you ask any favours, you'd use (or hear as well) this phrase

'onegai shimasu'.


Regarding the difference between 'onegai (shimasu)' and 'kudasai',

the easiest explanation I can give is that 'kudasai' has the meaning of

'please give me ...' whilst 'onegai (shimasu)' is more 'please' and it's a

sentence to ask a favour.

For this reason/meaning, in certain situation those two can be interchangeable,

but when 'giving me' is not involved, 'kudasai' is not appropriate one.

With more examples, I'm sure you'll get what I mean, but it's also true that

'kudasai' can be attached to verbs which makes it more complicated.

My advice to you is to first grasp the sense of 'kudasai' alone

in sentences like '[noun] o kudasai' ( = please give me [noun]).

Hope this helps!


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Brittany
November 20th, 2016 at 11:52 am
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Hello!

I have read the comments but I still cannot fully understand the difference between 'kudasai' and 'onegai, and 'onegai shimasu', could someone give me a detailed explanation regarding when it is appropriate to use each phrase and what the exact translation differences are? Arigato!

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April 27th, 2016 at 9:47 am
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Ruth M san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your reply.

Ganbatte kudasai.

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Ruth M
April 20th, 2016 at 8:19 am
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Sumimasen...:innocent:

Thank's 4 your post,YUKI-san!:thumbsup:

Ah,nearly right,but it should be:"koka koora"in Japanese.:innocent:

ARIGATO 4 the correction!:thumbsup:MATA NE!:thumbsup::heart::thumbsup:

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April 18th, 2016 at 3:44 pm
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Ruth M san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your post.

Coca cola is koka koora in Japanese.

Of course you can pronounce it properly, you don’t have any problems.

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