If you would like to know the single most useful phrase when shopping and eating out in Japan, you are in the right place.
The phrase you need to know is…drum roll…
Kore o kudasai
This means “This please” or “I’ll take this one”. This is a super useful phrase and can be used to order food and buy almost anything in shops. In fact the joke goes, every restaurant in Japan serves the dish “kore” (This).
The other thing you need to know is how to order multiple things as in “I’ll take two of these”, “I’ll take three of these” etc. Check the vocabulary list below. maaa
|これをください||kore o kudasai||I’d like this please|
|これをひとつください||kore o hitotsu kudasai||I’d like 1 please|
|これをふたつください||kore o futatsu kudasai||I’d like 2 please|
|これをみつください||kore o mitsu kudasai||I’d like 3 please|
|これをよつください||kore o yotsu kudasai||I’d like 4 please|
|これをいつつください||kore o itsutsu kudasai||I’d like 5 please|
One last thing to remember is that in many Japanese restaurants, you can make use of the menu which usually has pictures for the food. In this way, you can simply point and say これをください and you’ll be fine.