Lesson 61: The word ちょっと
ちょっと is one of the most commonly used words in the Japanese language. It essentially means a little bit; however, it is also regularly used to soften one's tone when making a request or to refuse a request in a polite manner.
In the last example, A proposes tomorrow to B (as a date to do something). B politely refuses by uttering the incomplete sentence 明日はちょっと… The o sound at the end of ちょっと is a bit extended.
|a little bit||
|She did a little shopping.||
kanozyo ha tyotto kaimono wo simasita.
|You speak Japanese a little.||
anata ha tyotto nihongo wo hanasimasu.
|This umbrella was a little expensive.||
kono kasa ga tyotto takakatta desu.
A: What about tomorrow?
B: Tomorrow is a little ...
A: asita ha? B: asita ha tyotto