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INTRODUCTION
Janet: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Japanese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Janet: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How much is this?”. In Japanese this is
Kaori: これはいくらですか。
(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
Janet: The first word in the question is
Kaori: これ
(kore)
Janet: meaning “this” in English.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) これ
(kore)
Janet: Listen again and repeat.
Kaori: これ
(kore)
{Pause}
Janet: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Kaori: は
(wa)
Janet: the topic marking particle.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) は
(wa)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: は
(wa)
{Pause}
Janet: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: これ は
(kore wa)
{pause}
Janet: And after that
Kaori: いくら
(ikura)
Janet: meaning “how much” (price).
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) いくら
(ikura)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: いくら
(ikura)
{Pause}
Janet: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: これ は いくら
(kore wa ikura)
{pause}
Janet: And after that
Kaori: です
(desu)
Janet: sentence ending particle meaning something like “is.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) です
(desu)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: です
(desu)
{Pause}
Janet: Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: これ は いくら です
(kore wa ikura desu)
{pause}
Janet: And after that
Kaori: か
(ka)
Janet: meaning (question marker).
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) か
(ka)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: か
(ka)
{Pause}
Janet: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kaori: これ は いくら です か。
(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
{pause}
Janet: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How much is this?”
Kaori: 100円です。
(100えんです。 Hyakuen desu.)
Janet: "It's 100 yen.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kaori: (Slow) 100円です。
(100えんです。 Hyaku en desu.)
{pause}
Janet: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kaori: 100
(hyaku)
Janet: meaning “100.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 100
(hyaku)
Janet: Now repeat
Kaori: 100
(hyaku)
{Pause}
Janet: And after that
Kaori: 円
(えん en)
Janet: meaning “yen”, the Japanese currency.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 円
(えん en)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: 円
(えん en)
{Pause}
Janet: And after that
Kaori: です
(desu)
Janet: sentence ending particle meaning something like “is.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) です
(desu)
Janet: Now repeat.
Kaori: です
(desu)
{Pause}
Janet: Listen to the speaker say, “It's 100 yen”, and then repeat.
Kaori: 100円です。
(100えんです。 Hyaku en desu.)
{pause}
Janet: To use a different phrase, replace “100 yen” with “1,000 yen.”
Kaori: 1000円
(1000えん sen en)
Janet: 1,000 yen
Kaori: (slow) 1000円
(1000えん sen en) (regular) 1000円
(1000えん sen en)
Janet: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “1,000 yen”
Kaori: 1000円です。
(1000えんです。 Sen en desu.)
Janet: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “100 yen” with “1000 yen.” Say “It's 1,000 yen.”
{pause}
Kaori: 1000円です。
(1000えんです。 Sen en desu.)
Janet: To expand on the pattern, replace “1,000 yen” with “20,800 yen.”
Kaori: 20,800円
(20,800えん Nimanhappyaku en)
Janet: 20,800 yen
Kaori: (slow) 20,800円
(20,800えん Nimanhappyaku en)
(regular) 20,800円
(20,800えん Nimanhappyaku en)
Janet: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “20,800 yen”
Kaori: 20,800円です。
(20,800えんです。 Nimanhappyaku en desu.)
Janet: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the “1,000 yen” with “20,800 yen.” Say “It's 20,800 yen.”
{pause}
Kaori: 20,800円です。
(20,800えんです。 Nimanhappyaku en desu.)
Janet: To use a different phrase, replace “20,800 yen” with “500 yen.”
Kaori: 500円
(500えん gohyaku en)
Janet: 500 yen
Kaori: (slow) 500円
(500えん gohyaku en)
(regular) 500円
(500えんgohyaku en)
Janet: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “500 yen”
Kaori: 500円です。
(500えんです。 Gohyaku en desu.)
Janet: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “20,800 yen” with “500 yen.” Say “It's 500 yen.”
{pause}
Kaori: 500円です。
(500えんです。 Gohyaku en desu.)
QUIZ
Janet: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Japan and someone asks you how much something is. It is 100 yen. Respond to the question.
Kaori: これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
(five seconds) 100円です。
(100えんです。 Hyaku en desu.)
Janet: Now imagine it's 1,000 yen. Respond to the question.
Kaori: これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
(five seconds) 1000円です。
(1000えんです。 Sen en desu.)
Janet: Imagine it's 20,800 yen. Answer the speaker's question.
Kaori: これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
(five seconds)
20,800円です。(20,800えんです。 Nimanhappyaku en desu.)
Janet: Now imagine it's 500 yen. Respond to the question.
Kaori: これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
(five seconds)
500円です。
(500えんです。 Gohyaku en desu.)
Janet: You want to learn how much something is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Kaori: これはいくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka.)
{pause}

Outro

Janet: This is the end of Lesson 25.

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December 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 pm
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How much is ...? Let's practice in Japanese!

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December 11th, 2016 at 9:50 pm
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いま七時四十七分です。おはいよございま。