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<< kurabemononinaranai | kurai, gurai >>

くらい [くらい] (kurai)
    Meaning: about, as
    Example: (about) as normal as any other guy on the street.
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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kurai

literally means how long or much, but often used in conversation for adding an "about" feeling to soften a phrase.

sometimes pronounced gurai depending on the phrase before; for example if the sentence before ends with a vowel.

3万ドルぐらい = about 30,000 dollars
 
(dc)
can also mean "if anything", "rather"
 
(KotatsuSama)

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ex #609   人に会ったら、あいさつぐらいして欲しい 
When I meet people I'd like at least a hello.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #3117   子どもでもそれくらいのことはできる 
Even a child could do about that much。  
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(dc)
ex #3140   駄目だったら!こっちが手伝ってもらいたいくらい。 
I told you it's no good! If anything, I need YOUR help.  
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(KotatsuSama)
ex #3144   どのくらいやったら認めてくれるの。 
How much do I have to do to get your approval?  
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(bamboo4)
ex #4670   あなたが駅に着くのにどのくらいかかりますか。 
How long does it take to get to the station?  
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(Miki)
ex #4671   「ここのバスは1時間に何回くらい出るのですか」「30分ごとに出ます」  
"How often do the buses run in an hour?" "Every thirty minutes."  
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(Miki)
ex #4672   ウィーンまでは歩いてどのくらいかかりますか。 
How long does it take to get to Vienna on foot?  
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(Miki)
ex #4673   「バスは後どのくらいで来ますか」「5分で来ます」 
"How soon will the bus come?" "In five minutes."  
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(Miki)
ex #4674   「会合はどのくらい続きそうですか」「2時間くらいです。」 
"How long will the meeting last? "For about two hours."  
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(Miki)
ex #4675   100ドルでどのくらいの間やっていけますか。 
I'm wondering how long $100 will carry me?  
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(Miki)
ex #4676   1年にどのくらい頻繁にスキューバダイビングに行きますか。 
How often do you go scuba diving in a year?  
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(Miki)
ex #4677   1泊50ドルくらいのダブルの部屋を一室、今晩から4泊お願いします。 
I'd like a double for four nights from tonight for about fifty dollars a night.  
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(Miki)
ex #4678   2月27日の3時から1時間くらい会うことにしませんか。 
Could we see each other for about an hour on February 27 at 3:00 pm?  
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(Miki)
ex #4679   2番目の文も丁度同じくらいの長さだった。 
The second sentence was just as long.  
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(Miki)
ex #4680   50メートルくらい行くと、郵便局があります。 
Follow the street for about 50 meters, and you will see a post office.  
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(Miki)
ex #8250   彼女は40歳ぐらいだ。  
She is about forty.  
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(karekano)
ex #8251   私のとった魚はこれくらいの大きさだった。  
The fish I caught was about this big.  
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(karekano)
ex #8252   くらい雨がやんだ。  
It stopped raining toward noon.  
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(karekano)
ex #8253   あの橋はどれくらいの長さですか  
How long is that bridge?  
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(karekano)
ex #8254   そのビールは建ってからどのくらい経っていますか  
How old is the building?  
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(karekano)
ex #8255   その小包はどれくらいの重さですか  
How much does the parcel weight?  
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(karekano)
ex #8256   このびんに油がどれくらい入るだろうか  
How much of oil will this bottle hold?  
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(karekano)
ex #8257   彼は私と同じくらい金を持っている。  
He has as much money as I do.  
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(karekano)
ex #8258   先生は私をしかるのと同じくらいよくテリーをしかる。  
The teacher scolds Terry as often as (she scolds) me.  
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(karekano)
ex #8259   彼は速く泳ぐが、私もまったく同じくらい速く泳げる。  
He swims fast, but I can swim just as fast.  
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(karekano)
ex #8260   彼は英語を話すが、彼の妹も同じくらいうまく話す。  
He speaks English, and his little sister does as well.  
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(karekano)

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AmatukaSee also gurai ぐらい 
AmatukaLit : 'the extent (of politeness) of a greeting' 
quoboboCould anyone add a bit more detail to this? I really don't understand it, yet it seems like it's used quite often in Japanese. All the English translations I've found make no sense to me, and "about" isn't very descriptive. Thanks. 
dcis it dono Gurai or dono Kurai ? is there any rule for this or just depends on the speaker? 
MikiReply to dc's 質問. I don't think there is any rule for Gurai and Kurai. Even I sometimes think which of them is more often used for a prior word. We often use both like 10分くらい、10分ぐらい、あいさつくらい、あいさつぐらい、どれくらい、どれぐらい。You can see them by Google search. 
your nameKURAI here implies 程度. the rough standard, the degree, or the range of something. So, ex#609 implies somebody is expected at least a manner something like a hello. ex#3117, somebody is expected to do at least something like what a child can do. 
your name婚約したことを友人くらい伝えたらどうですか。
Why don't you tell your engagement to at least your friends/ to at least somebody like your friends?
私にはこれくらいしかできない。 Least I could do. (ex from ALC)
アルコール中心の昼食の後で請求書をサッと取れるくらいしらふである
be sober enough to grab the bill at the end of a liquid lunch. (ex from ALC)
私が払えるのはそれくらいです。 That's about all I can pay. (ex from ALC)
 
rochinくらい is used when it comes in as a single word and ぐらい is mainly used in combinations.  
MeganWhat about the as.. as meaning of くらい? I'd add it myself, but I'm not very familiar with it yet. I know なら is with it a lot, though, or some sort of conditional. For example (from the wwwjdic)...
あんな男と結婚するくらいなら死んだ方がましだ。
I might as well die as marry such a man.
それをするくらいなら死んだほうがましだ。
I may as well die as do it.
 
ViolaGirlI posted the above submission. My bad... I didn't notice that there was another article covering it. You can delete this and the previous post if you wish. Sorry! 
melI have been taught to use it this way:
"xはyくらいです", meaning "Y is about the only X". This can only be used when Y is about the only case where X holds true. X and Y are both either nouns or noun phrases.
E.g. 東京が静かになるのは,お盆のころくらいです。
 

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