Translation:How much is that chair?
In Japan there is no tipping, there is however a table service fee you pay(sometimes). So if you sit down and don't eat anything you will have to pay that fee. So I think that is what this question is about.
I could be wrong, im white and have never been to Japan.
No, it's because this and some other excercises like this one appear in the Fourniture and the Restaurant section.
"How much is that chair over there?" was wrong, which is weird, since duolingo often forces you to literally translate every word in the sentence and あの is specifically different from just "that" (その)
This just caught me too.
この is "this <something" (near the speaker), その is "that <something>" (near the listener), and あの is "that <something> over there" (far away from both speaker and listener) - not only according to my current understanding of Japanese, but also according to the "Hints" right here on the start page of the restaurant section!
Why do we seem to be buying furnature in a restaurant? Are they charging for seating and we're trying to haggle them down??
what would the difference be between ANO and ARE for "that ____ over there" similarly, KONO and KORE SONO and SORE
あの (ano) is an adjective, always used next to a noun: あのいす (ano isu). あれ (are) is a noun that can be used independently, like "What is that?" instead of "what is that chair". Similar for the others ending in の and the others ending in れ. If you are mentioning the name of the specific object, use the -の form, if you are not, use the -れ form.
I dont understand why we use i ku ra here but i ku tsu in previous lessons (like i ku tsu desu ka?)
Ikutsu is the quantity of something. (The amount of chairs.) Ikura is the value of something. (The chair's cost)
"How much is the desk", "how much is the chair"... It's normal to buy furniture in Japanese restaurants
Well, The prefixes gives you the hint about the distance of the object: Ko - Closes to the speaker, So - Close to the listener, A - Away from both
As for the sufixes: Re - Is used to talk about Things. So, "kore = This (thing), Sore = That (hing) and so on..
But, if you are defining the object, you must use the suffix NO. Just as this sentence. Ano Isu wa ikura desu ka (That chair, how much it costs?)
This prefixes are also used on other words such as the one refering to places (with suffix KO) eg. Koko - This place, Soko - That place, Asoko - That place (over there)*
*This one is a bit irregular, so it is not Ako.
I guess that's pretty much it. Hope it helps