Q: Konnichiwa Richard Sensei,
I want to ask you about how to order things and all like how to say “I’ll take two strawberry cakes” or “I’ll take three umbrellas”? Thanks in advance! -Darren~ Peace out.
A: Hi Darren,
As usual there is a textbook “official” way of saying this, and also the downright cheating real life way that Japanese people use everyday.
Needless to say I go for the latter!
(Ah, those Japanese, not following the textbook rules when speaking!)
So the ninja cheating formula is ….
Name of the thing you want + how many you want of it + kudasai
e.g. イチゴケーキ 二つ ください
ichigo keeki futatsu kudasai
= strawberry cake 2 please
or if wanted just one it would be イチゴケーキ 一つ(hitotsu) ください
傘 三つ ください
kasa mitsu kudasai
= umbrella three please
So if the counter for “four” is 四つ = yotsu and beer is ビール = biiru, how do you say “I’ll take four beers please?”
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