a spoken language which is frequently heard in daily life.
various ways of using 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
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
“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･･･)
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.)
some other ways of using “chotto”
except these usages in daily conversation. Please check them out.