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May 25, 2011 #Culture

SUSHI BAR CHIT-CHAT

If a Japanese-speaking sushi chef is behind the sushi counter, these 10 brief Japanese expressions will come in handy and make you a very welcome guest

Hai (hah hee): Yes

Lie (eee-eh): No

Konnichiwa (kohn-nee-chee-wah): Hello (in the afternoon).

Kombanwa (kohm-bahn-wah): Hello (in the evening).

Omakase ni shite kudasai (oh-mah-kah-seh nee shee-teh koo-dah-sah-ee): Please, you the sushi chef choose.

Kyo wa nani ga ii desuka (kyohh wah nah-nee gah ee deh-soo-kah)?: What's good today?

(Maguro) o kudasai (mah-goo-roh oh koo-dah-sah-ee): I'd like to have tuna, please. (Substitute other choices for maguro, the word for tuna.

Oishii! (oh-ee-shee): Delicious

Kampai! (Kahm-pah-ee): Cheers! (Said as toast.)

Domo (dohh-moh): Thank you.

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