1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Japanese
  4. >
  5. "あのつくえはいくらですか?"


Translation:How much is that desk?

June 22, 2017



Is anyone else worried about why we are learning how to question the prices of tables, chairs, and desks in a "Restaurant" lesson?




I wondered that too! I'm not really interested in buying desks during lunch hour, but I don't know. Haha.


Ano at the beginning... is that the word to get someone's attention before asking for the price or does it point to the specific desk being referred to?


Kono= this, Sono=that, Ano=that (further away object). Same as Kore, Sore and Are. But Kono, Sono and Ano are only used when followed by a noun. Such as "that desk" = Ano tsukue.


i was taught kono= this (near me) sono= that (near you) and Ano= that over there (away from us both) and kore= this thing (near me) sore= that thing (near you) and are= that thing over there (away from us both) it won't accept "over there" though which is annoying me because i'm so used to it XD.


In this case it seems to be pointing out which specific desk we are talking about


Yes in this case that is what it means, but in other cases 'ano' means 'umm' - a way yo get someone's attention


What ikura means? I thought that it means how much (this costs). But "how much for that desk" was not accepted


I think the issue there is the this/that distinction. いくら does mean "how much".


But then the answer would be correct, since "ano" means "that". The problem was "for", just one of the Duo tricks you just have to get used to. The right answer is "how much IS that chair", even if "how much for" would mean the same in english.


In this example, the right answer was "How much is that desk?", not chair.


What is the difference between table and desk in English? Why table is not accepted?


In English, a table is a surface you'd put things on. Maybe you eat on it, maybe you set your drinks on it, maybe you play cards on it. Generally, it can be sat at from all sides and is usually indented for multiple people to sit at simultaneously, though this is not a requirement.

A desk, on the other hand, is generally a tool one uses to work. I'm sitting at a desk right now. You can generally only comfortably sit at it from one spot, and that spot often has several drawers surrounding it. Often, desks are not eaten at, and instead have several papers, writing utensils, and perhaps a computer.


Use Kanji, goddamnit. 机 means desk. its made out of two parts: wood and wind. you can learn them seperately and then create mnemonic stories, like "the defining traits of a desk are: it is made out of wood and wind blows every ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ thing off it if a window is left open." memorizin tsukue is way harder. duolingo should integrate options for how many kanji you know


テブル...idk how to put in the lines to make the long vowel for te... ugh I kind of hate using the Japanese keyboard... But desk is tsukue and table is te-buru in katakana. I think the difference is desks are for work/writing and they typically have drawers, table would be for eating and have no drawers or anything.

That said I feel like in english you can interchange the word table for desk. But, super weird, I think you can't switch desk for table. So like I could call a desk a table and it wouldn't be weird, but if you called a table a desk it would be weird I think.


How much for that desk, is also correct


How would you say "how much desks are there" in Japanese please?


I guess st. like いくつ机がありますか?but I am just a beginner.


I would rather go with "机はいくつですか。"


Is or for is correct


Desk and table... are they that different?


I wonder why we are learning how to buy chairs, desks in a restaurant.


Why "how many desks are there" is wrong?


the "type what you hear" type of questions don't accept kanji :O


Does just saying 'ikura' in daily life work in Japan?


Can i have the turtle button

[deactivated user]

    imo it should accept "How much is that desk there"


    Typed "Hoe much is that desk" by accident and it didn't even say I got a typo, just straight up said I was wrong.. Come on you weird reptile!

    Learn Japanese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.