A. Cue: 写真 しゃしん 、撮 と りたいんですけど。 I’d like to take pictures.
Response: 撮 と ってもいいですよ。 It’s okay to take pictures.
Cue: ケータイ、使いたいんですけど。 I’d like to use my cellphone.
Response: 使ってもいいですよ。 It’s okay to use a cellphone.
B. Cue: 写真 しゃしん 、撮 と ってもいいですか。 Is it okay if I take pictures?
Response: あ、撮 と らないでください。 Oh, please don’t take them.
Cue: ケータイ、使ってもいいですか。 Is it okay if I use my cellphone?
Response: あ、使わないでください。 Oh, please don’t use it.
C. Say it in Japanese.
You are on a group tour. Ask for permission as follows.
1. Can I wait on the bus?
2. Can I go and buy Omiyage at that store?
3. Can I ask you a question?
4. Can I use flash?
5. Can I pay with a credit card?
You’ve just heard a Japanese word that you do not know. Ask a co-worker.
6. What does ‘dota kyan’ mean?
7. What does ‘ikemen’ mean?
8. What does ‘yabai’ mean?
9. What does ‘dentouteki’ mean in English?
10. What does ‘enryo’ mean in English?
D. Act in Japanese
1. At a restaurant, ask a waiter a) if smoking is prohibited here; b) what this (description
on the menu) mean.
2. You’ve been shown a sample product. Ask if you can take a picture.
3. You are in a park. Check if a) pets, b) drinks, c) bicycles are prohibited.
4. Politely ask visitors to refrain from taking pictures here.
5. As a host, offer your guests food and drinks. Tell your guests not to hesitate and help themselves. As a guest, be polite and hesitate from helping yourself. After being urged, accept politely.