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Hiroko:
Have you ever had trouble finding a specific item in the supermarket? In this lesson, you are going to learn how to ask questions, is this such and such and what’s this? Let’s take a look at the conversation between Yuchi and me. Yuchi san, can I see what’s in your bag?
Yuichi:
Sure.
Hiroko:
これはアイポッドですか。 (Kore wa Aipoddo desu ka.)
Yuichi:
それはアイホンです。 (Sore wa Aihon desu.)
Hiroko:
これはアイホンです。 (Kore wa Aihon desu.) To make a question, you just add か (ka) to the end of the sentence. So これはアイホンですか。 (Kore wa Aihon desu ka.) Now let’s practice. これはシーディーですか。 (Kore wa shīdī desu ka.)
Yuichi:
それはディーブイディーです。 (Sore wa dībuidī desu.)
Hiroko:
What if you don’t have any idea about what it is. ゆういちさん。 (Yūichi san.) これは、なんですか。 (Kore wa, nan desu ka.)
Yuichi:
それは、おまもりです。 (Sore wa, omamori desu.)
Hiroko:
Let’s take a closer look at how to ask what something is. When you have no idea about what it is, you use the word なん (nan) instead of the name of the item and add か (ka) to the end of the sentence. Okay let’s practice ゆういちさん。 (Yūichi-san.) それは、なんですか。 (Sore wa, nan desu ka.)
Yuichi:
これは、ほんです。 (Kore wa, hon desu.)
Hiroko:
Now it’s time for Hiroko’s tip. When you want to ask what something is in the casual manner, you can say これは、なに。 (Kore wa, nani.) or これ、なに。 (kore, nani.) . Here you don’t say なん (nan) but you say なに (nani) . See you next time.
Yuichi:
じゃあ、また。 (Jā, mata.)

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Mina-san,

Now you know how to ask what things are in Japanese! How did you like this video? 😄

September 30th, 2017 at 11:58 am
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Hi AhmedUmer,
Thank you for your comment!

Good job! If you want to ask “What is this?” politely, you can say “Kore wa nan desu ka?” which is more polite than “Kore wa nani?”
And please note that “candy” is written “candī” in romanization.

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AhmedUmer
September 17th, 2017 at 7:40 am
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kore wa cd desu ka ?
sore wa cd desu
kore wa nani ?
sore wa candy desu
are these correct ?

July 9th, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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Hi Federico,
Thank you for the comment!

Both “これ何” and ”何これ” are short phrases of “これは何” meaning “What is this?”, and its polite way is “これは何ですか”.
As for ”何それ” and “それ何”, they are short phrases of “それは何ですか” meaning “What is that?”.

Did you get it?

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Federico
July 2nd, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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こんにちはみんな
I only wanted to add, as Hiroko said, in casual speech is usually said これは何 and これ何
but sometimes the order is also inverted as 何これ and 何それ.

February 9th, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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Hi Taylor Richardson,
Thank you for the comment!

“o-mamori” means “amulet” “charm” and “Kore wa o-mamori desu ka?” is translated “Is this a (good luck) charm?” in English.

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Taylor Richardson
February 7th, 2017 at 1:26 am
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Kore wa onamori desuka?

I can’t find the meaning of this?

October 13th, 2016 at 8:02 am
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Kamil san,
Konnichiwa.
Yes, that is right.

Ran san,
Konnichiwa.
Sore means ‘that’ and kore means ‘this.’
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Yuki 由紀
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ran
October 6th, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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both sore and kore represent this ? what is the difference ?

Kamil
October 6th, 2016 at 6:18 am
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shiidii means シ-デイ- (CD)
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May 16th, 2016 at 7:39 am
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MONCOR san,
Konnichiwa.😄
Well… what does ‘shiidii’ mean?
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