Language Lesson

Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 41: At the Supermarket

I love to cook, but before I can cook I always need to stop and shop at the supermarket! While some food in Japan takes on a similar name to its American counterpart (hamburger - hanbaaga), the majority will have a Japanese name. So let's go shopping at the supermarket and learn names for a variety of fruits, veggies, dairy and meats!



Yasai - vegetable

Daikon - radish

Ninjin - carrot

Nasu - eggplant

Tomorokoshi - corn

Jagaimo - potato

Kyuuri - cucumber

Negi - scallion

Tamanegi - onion

Kudamono - fruit

Ringo - apple

Ichigo - strawberry

Momo - peach

Mikan - orange

Suika - watermelon

Budou - grapes

Sakuranbo - cherry

Tamago - egg

Gyuunyuu - milk

Gyuuniku - beef

Ushi - cow

Butaniku - pork

Buta - pig

Toriniku - chicken (meat)

Niwatori - chicken (bird)

Toriniku wo kudasai - please give me the chicken

Tamago wa ikura desu ka - how much are the eggs?

So next time you're walking through the supermarket looking at all the different foods, try to remember these names! There's so many more foods to learn as well, so find out the name of your favorite food!

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