Japanese Reading Practice #3 (JLPT N5): それを食べてもいいです

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

This is a short dialogue that I wrote as part of my coursework. I've published it here for other Japanese language learners to use to practice their reading.

The main purpose of this exercise was to practice asking for, giving, and denying permission to do things.





客さんは「こんにちは!」と答えた。「あぁ! それは美味しいそう! 食べてもいいですか。」

店員は「え? これ? 食べてはいけないよ。」



「あ! 分かった。じゃ、それはどう? 食べてもいいですか。」


「そうですか? どうして?」


「あ! 分かった。じゃ、それはどう? 食べてもいいですか。」


では、 客さんは煩いになりました。「駄目です。駄目、駄目、駄目! ここはどんなレストランですか。」



English Translation

March 18, 2021

One day, a customer went to a restaurant.

The employee said, "Hello!"

"Hello!" the customer answered. "Ah! That looks delicious! Can I eat it?"

"Huh? This? You may not eat it."


"Because it's paper."

"Oh! Got it. Well then, how about that? Can I eat that?"

"I'm sorry, but that's not possible."

"Is that so? Why?"

"Because it's a phone."

"Oh! Got it. Well then, how about that? Can I eat that?"

"This is my desk. You may not eat it."

With that, the customer became annoyed. "No. No, no, no! What kind of restaurant is this?"

The employee said, "This isn't a restaurant. It's an office. You may go now. Goodbye."

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