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Japanese Expressions ~ Chotto ~


 Chotto”is a spoken language which is frequently heard in daily life.

There are various ways of using it.

1. It means “sukoshi” (a little)

Example:   “I’m tired. Chotto yasumimasho. (Let’s take a rest a bit.)”

                                 “Chotto mattete kudasai.

(Please wait a moment.)                                     

A child came home in the evening.

He says to his mother “I’m hungry. Can I have some sweets?”

She answers “ Chotto dake yo. (Only a little.) Supper will be ready soon.”

A clerk offers some new goods in the shop.

He says “This is very useful.”

A customer says “So ne, chotto tameshite miyo kashira.” (Well, I’ll try it.)

2. It can be used when one calls someone.                        

Example:  A customer comes into the store. There is no clerk nearby.

The customer calls a clerk .

Chotto sumimasen.”

“Chotto onegai shimasu.”

(Excuse me! )

3. It can be used as greeting         

       Example:               Ms. A happens to see a neighbor on the street.

The neighbor says to her “Dochira e?” (Where are you going?)  or

Odekake desu ka?” (Are you going out?)

she answers “Eh, chotto・・・.”

“Eh, chotto soko made.” (I’m just going・・・)

These words are just greetings. So it isn’t impolite if Ms. A doesn’t tell the neighbor exactly where she is going.

4. It can be used when one can’t do what is asked or declines the offer.

Example:                          A friend A asks “Why don’t you go to see the movie tomorrow?”

A friend B answers “Ashita wa chotto・・・.” (She can’t go tomorrow.)

There are some other ways of using “chotto” except these usages in daily conversation. Please check them out.

 

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