Meaning

Primary

Please Give Me

Alternative

Please

Word Type

expression

Explanation

You know that the kanji means down and that さい sounds like the word "sigh." You need to ask someone for something, so you look down, sigh, and say please give me that thing. You're ashamed that you have to ask. But you still need it. Please, please give it to me!

We only use this kanji version of ください when we're asking for something, that's why it's "please give me." If you're just saying "please" you don't need the kanji at all!

Reading

ください
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading for this word is an exceptional reading. You just have to be able to recall the くだ part, though (since さい is already there in the form of the hiragana). So, think about why you have to be polite to this misbehaving kid. Turns out, if you don't, he has the power to initiate a Coup d'état against you and your family, who runs the government. Just imagine yourself thinking over and over "Okay... I have to be nice to this kid. If I don't... he'll initiate a Coup d'état... and that would ruin my family..." You're walking on thin ice, here.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 〜を下さい

Common Word Combinations

  • アドバイスを下さい
    please give me advice
    それを下さい
    please give me that one
    メールを下さい
    please email me

Context Sentences

それを下さい。

Please give me that one.

りんごを二こ下さい。

Please give me two apples.

ぼくに百万円を下さい。

Please give me a million yen.

Kanji Composition