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Japanese Vocabulary – Shopping

ショッピング

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漢字

かな

英語

お店

おみせ

store, shop

-店

てん

common ending of compound words meaning store, shop (same as みせ but this reading, which comes from Chinese is used often in compound words, often written as a sequence of Chinese characters only)

-屋

another common ending meaning store or shop

洋服店

ようふくてん

clothes shop

洋服

ようふく

clothes (western style)

靴屋

くつや

shoe store

コンビニ

convenience store

スーパー

supermarket

商店街

しょうてんがい

shopping mall

デパート

 

department store (older word 百貨店 (ひゃっかてん))

薬局

やっきょく

pharmacy (chemist)

薬屋

くすりや

pharmacy (an older word)

青空市場

あおぞらいちば

open-air market

文房具屋

ぶんぼうぐや

stationery store

食べ物

たべもの

food (more officially 食料 (しょくりょう))

品物

しなもの

goods

ほん

books

にく

meat

野菜

やさい

vegetables

返品する

へんぴんする

return (sth you've bought)



Shopping in Japanese – example sentences

このシャツは小(ちい)さすぎます。 This shirt is too small.

このブラジャーは大(おお)きすぎます。 This bra is too big.

お金(かね)が足(た)りません。 I don't have enough money.

高(たか)いですね。 That's expensive, isn't it?

安(やす)いです。 It's cheap.

これはいくらですか? How much is this?

一万(いちまん)円(えん)です。 It's ¥10,000.

赤(あか)いのありますか? Do you have a red one?

これを二つ(ふたつ)下(くだ)さい。Two of these please.

(クレジット)カードで払(はら)えますか? Can I pay by (credit) card?

現金(げんきん)のみです。 Only cash.

お釣(つ)り change

またお越(こ)し下(くだ)さい『ませ』。 Please come again. (-ませ makes it überpolite, just like Japanese sales assistants often speak)

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