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Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Chotto matter kudasai

Today I would like to teach “chotto matte kudasai” today.  It means “please wait for a second.”

If you are paying at a cashier and you forgot something that you wanted to buy, you can say “sumimasen, chotto matte kudasai!”.  “Excuse me.  Please hold on!”

Chotto = a little
matte = wait (imperative form)
kudasai = this makes the verb formal

A person who is giving service would say this to his/her customer in a politer form of the phrase, which is the following.

Shosho omachi kudasai.
This above also means “please wait for a moment”.

Chotto imeans “a little”.  You can use this separately in many ways.
Someone offers you drink.  If you want a little bit, you can say “chotto, onegaishimas”.  “Just a little, please.”

You can add “dake (dah-keh)” after chotto and that means “just/only a little”.

Are you bored?

“Chotto matte kudasai!”  I’m not done yet!  I have one  more thing to add!

You can also use “matte!” or “matte kudasai” by themselves.  “Matte!” is a casual form.  “Matte kudasai” is formal and it means “please wait”.

I hope that you find this helpful!

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