Learn Japanese from natives!
For those of you who are tired of studying Japanese from your minna no nihongo, and willing to speak more natural Japanese like natives, you clicked on the right page! 🙂
We post natives’ casual conversation skits for you to show how Japanese people talk in real life.There are useful key phrases you can try just from tomorrow. Enjoy!
Winter is approaching, and It’s getting colder everyday.
Aya is at the store window-shopping for some warm clothes.
Is she going to find something with a good deal!?
Nani ka osagashi desuka?
Are you looking for something？
Etto…Samuku natte kita node, ko-to(coat) wo sagashite imasu.
Um..it’s getting cold, so I am looking for a new coat.
Sorenara, kyo ha kochira no fuyumono no ko-to(coat) ga 50 pa-sento ofu (50% off) de okaidoku nandesuyo!
Staff: Oh, then, here we have this selection of winter coats for 50% off today, it’s a good deal!
Hontouni? Ja, kore, kite mite mo iidesuka?
Oh really? Can I try this on?
Waa, totemo yoku niaimasune. Kyo no suka-to (skirt) tomo yoku aimasune. Jouhin na inshou ni narimasu!
Wow, it looks great on you! It matches with your skirt today. It gives very classy vibes to your style!
Ee…Odate jouzu desune! Demo, sorenara kore kaoukana.
Oh, You flatter me! but…yea, I guess I am getting this.
Arigato gozaimasu. Okaikei ha, kochira, Jyu pa-sento ofu (10% off) nanode…
Thank you very much. It will be 10% off of…
Eh..Chotto matte, gojyu ppa-sento ofu (50%off) janaino?
Oh wait a second, wasn’t it 50% off?
Iie, Jyu ppa-sento ofu 10% desune…
No…I said 10% off.
The voice inside Aya:
（kikimachigae ta mitai…)
（I must have misheard…)
Eeto, yappari mousukoshi kangaemasu!!!
Well, I’m going to think about it little more.
- 何かお探しですか？Nani ka osagashi desuka?
– Are you looking for something？
It is a very typical phrase for sales staff to ask you if you need any help.
If you are just looking, you can answer :
（miteirudake desu – just looking)
- 〇〇%オフ 〇〇pa-sento ofu – XX% off
It’s used to describe the deal when products are on sale.
In a different way, you can also say 「5割引」（go wari biki – 50% off)
- お買い得 Okaidoku – good deal
It’s a word to say when something is a bargain, or on a very good sale like an example in conversation above.（Although there was a misunderstanding…)
- これ、着てみてもいいですか？ Kore, kitemitemo iidesuka?
– Can I try this on?
You can also say 「これを試着（しちゃく）できますか？」（kore wo shichaku dekimasuka?) It means the same but it is a little more formal way to ask.
- とてもよく似合いますね Totemo yoku niaimasune
– It looks great on you.
“似合う（Niau）” means that things go well together, or get along well.
In the conversation,
sales staff are saying the coat suits Aya and looks nice on her.
It is a very useful phrase to give someone a compliment about their outfit or belongings!
Atarashii nekkuresu (necklace) totemo niatterune!
Your new necklace looks very nice on you!
- おだて上手ですね Odate jozu desune
– You flatter me!
You can also say
（Oseji ga jozu desune）
Sales staff tend to flatter you and give so much compliments, and you end up buying things…
- 聞き間違えた kikimachigaeta
In the conversation above,
Aya misheard “JYU(10)ppa-sento(%)”, as “GOJYU(50)ppa-sento(%)”.
There is a big difference between the two!
Yakusoku no jikan wo kikimachigaete, hayaku touchaku shita.
I misheard the appointment time and arrived early.