中級日本語ー Shopping (2)

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Shopping For Clothes

When you buy yofuku (yohh-foo-koo; clothes), do you look for quality items that you can wear for ten years or more, or do you buy cheap items that you can wear for just one season? Check out below table for a list of clothes and accessories.

Articles of Clothing and Accessories
Item Pronunciation Translation
jaketto jah-keht-toh jacket
koto kohh-toh coat
kutsu koo-tsoo shoes
kutsushita koo-tsoo-shee-tah socks
seta sehh-tahh sweater
shatsu shah-tsoo shirt
shitagi shee-tah-gee underwear
suetto shatsi soo-eht-toh shah-tsoo sweatshirt
sukato soo-kahh-toh skirt
zubon zoo-bohn pants/slacks

Asking about color

When you buy yofuku (yohh-foo-koo; clothes), check out all the iro (ee-roh; colors) and pick the one that looks best on you.

  • aka (ah-kah; red)
  • ao (ah-oh; blue)
  • chairo (chah-ee-roh; brown)
  • kiro (keee-roh; yellow)
  • kuro (koo-roh; black)
  • midori (mee-doh-ree; green)
  • murasaki (moo-rah-sah-kee; purple)
  • orenji (oh-rehn-jee; orange)
  • pinku (peen-koo; pink) )
  • shiro (shee-roh; white)

If the salesperson shows you a color you’re not crazy about, simply ask Chigau iro wa (chee-gah-oo ee-roh wah; Do you have a different color?)

Finding the right size

If you’re in a store wondering whether an article of clothing is your saizu (sah-ee-zoo; size), ask the clerk Chotto kite mite mo ii desu ka (choht-toh kee-teh mee-teh moh eee deh-soo kah; Can I try it on a little?). If the clerk says okay, go to the shichakushitsu (shee-chah-koo-shee-tsoo; fitting room) and see whether it’s a chodo ii (chohh-doh eee; exact fit). If not, you can use one of the following phrases:

  • Chotto chisai desu. (choht-toh cheee-sah-ee deh-soo; A little small.)
  • Chotto okii kana. (choht-toh ohh-keee kah-nah; Is it a little big for me?)
  • Nagai desu. (nah-gah-ee deh-soo; It’s long.)
  • Sukoshi mijikai desu. (soo-koh-shee mee-jee-kah-ee deh-soo; A little short.)

The verb kiru (kee-roo; to wear) is a ru-verb. Here’s the conjugation:

Form Pronunciaiton
kiru kee-roo
kinai kee-nah-ee
ki kee
kite kee-teh

When you want to try doing something, use the verb in the te-form and add miru. For example, kite miru (kee-teh mee-roo) means “to try wearing” or “to try on.” Trying on clothes is important, but shopping for a T-shatsu (teee-shah-tsoo; T-shirt) is pretty easy. You can often avoid going to the shichakushitsu (shee-chah-koo-shee-tsoo; fitting room) if you know your size:

  • S (eh-soo; small)
  • M (eh-moo; medium)
  • L (eh-roo; large)
  • XL (ehk-koo-soo eh-roo; extra large)

Buying a dress is more complicated. Use the counter -go (gohh) when sizing up your choices.

Women’s dress sizes in Japan are one size less than they are in the United States. Here are the rough equivalents for women’s dress sizes:

American 6 8 10 12 14 16
Japanese 5 7 9 11 13 15

Men’s suit and coat sizes are expressed in letters in Japan. Compare American sizes and Japanese sizes:

American 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Japanese S M L LL

In Japan, you specify length by using the metric system. If your waist is 30 inchi (sahn-jooo-een chee; 30 inches), it’s 76.2 senchi (nah-nah-jooo-roh-koo tehn nee sehn-chee; 76.2 centimeters). To find your size in centimeters, multiply your size in inches by 2.54 (1 inch = 2.54 centimeters).

Words to Know
chodo ii chohh-doh eee exact fit, just right
mijikai mee-jee-kah-ee short
nagai nah-gah-ee long
chisai cheee-sah-ee small
okii ohh-keee big
saizii sah-ee-zoo size
shichakushitsu shee-chah-koo-shee-tsoo fitting room

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