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I had miso ramen (Chinese noodles in soy bean paste-flavored soup) for lunch yesterday. It was a little salty, but pretty good. What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Okay, today's word is:

chuushoku (or chushoku, where the bold-faced letter is a long vowel)
ちゅうしょく
昼食

Meaning:

lunch

Pronunciation:

Let's take a look at the "chuu" part. This sounds a lot like the English word "chew." So, it shouldn't be too hard to pronounce. Then, the pronunciation for "shoku" is "shoh-koo," but note that both vowels should be very short. Finally, say "chuushoku." You don't really have to put a stress on anywhere. Just speak flat.

If you are not getting it at all, you may wanna watch Japanese movies or anime and familiarize yourself with the sound of Japanese.

Tips:

Other Japanese words for lunch include:

1) ohiru-gohan
おひるごはん
お昼ご飯

2) hiru-meshi (casual)
ひるめし
昼飯

Common usage examples:

chuushoku wo toru
ちゅうしょくをとる
昼食をとる
(have [eat] lunch)

Chuushoku no jikan desu.
ちゅうしょくのじかんです。
昼食の時間です。
(It's time for lunch.)

Ohiru-gohan wa naniga-iidesuka?
おひるごはんはなにがいいですか?
お昼ご飯は何がいいですか?
(What would you like to eat for lunch?)

Sushi ga tabetai desu.
すしがたべたいです。
寿司が食べたいです。
(I'd like to have/eat sushi.)

*Replace any food you like with "sushi" when using this expression.

Ohiru-gohan wa nani wo tabetano?
おひるごはんはなにをたべたの? お昼ご飯は何を食べたの?
(What did you eat for lunch?)

Hiru-meshi wa soba ni kagiru. (informal)
ひるめしはそばにかぎる。
昼飯はそばに限る。
(Soba is the best food for lunch.)


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