Ch8. Usage Practice

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I. Requesting and giving explanation or additional inforamation, and creating harmony and shared atmosphere using ~んです.

  1. Your friend is surprized that you bought 10 T-shirts at once. Explain that they are very cheap.
  2. Explain to a classmate that you come to school by bus since you don't own a car.
  3. A Japanese friend invited you to a party this weekend. Decline with an approapriate excuse.

II. Express desire using ほしい・ほしがっている and ~たい・たがっている.

  1. Tell a classmate that George, a common friend, wants to go to Japan to study Japanese next year.
  2. Tell a clerk at the information desk in a department store that you want to buy a tie and ask where men's wear (department) is.
  3. Ask a classmate what she/he wants for her/his birthday.

III . Express quantities with numbers and counters using まい・本・ひき・ and さつ
IV. Express quantities using Japanese-oigin numbers.

  1. Ask a salesclerk at the food department for those 3 large fish near him.
  2. You are run out of pencils and eraser. Ask a colleague to buy 12 pencils and 4 erasers.
  3. At a suvenio shop in the Narita airport, ask a clerk for two huroshiki.
  4. Ask a salesclerk at the produce section for five large oranges. Then ask for three apples, too.

V. Talking about prices using 円; indicating floor levels with かい.

  1. A customer asked how much necklace near you is. Reply it is 19,250 yen.
  2. As a clerk at the information desk, tell a customer that the food department is the first floor on the basement.
  3. At the bookstore in Japan, confirm if the price of a Japanese language dictionary near you is 5800 yen.

VI. Miscellanous

  1. The umbrella that you are looking at is a little bit expensive. Ask clerk that if she has a little bit more cheaper one.
  2. Ask a salesclerk to show you that red tie near him. Then ask to show you that yellow one over there, too.
  3. The salesclerk has just shown you a bag. Ask if they have a larger one.
  4. You have just purchased a sweater for gift. Ask a clerk to put it in a box and wrap it.
  5. As a salesclerk,
    a. welcome customers;
    b. tell a customer to wait a moment;
    c. assist a customer by finding out what she is looking for;
    d. tell a customer that you understand her request;
    e. return 800 yen to a customer for change.

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