Let’s Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Kumamoto!

Let's Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Kumamoto!

Kumamoto Japanese dialect is spoken in areas of the Kumamoto prefecture in western Kyushu. To a foreigner just learning or in the intermediate course of learning the standard Japanese language, the Kumamoto Japanese dialect may seem strange and rather funny but once you learn some cute and funny words and phrases you will enjoy using these as you begin to sound more like a native speaker. So let’s begin:



 

Let’s Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Kumamoto!

 

1. Bai

The word bai in the Kumamoto Japanese dialect is an ending emphasis to any word that precedes it. It is equivalent to desu in the standard Japanese language. Example, in saying Yes, I’m well in the dialect, say Hai, genki bai (Hai, genki desu in standard Japanese language).

 

2. Tai

In the Kumamoto Japanese dialect, tai is a suffix used to emphasize the words it succeeds much like bai and desu in standard Japanese language. If it’s hot and someone would like to give emphasis on how hot it is, one should say atsuitai, atsui means feeling hot and “tai” expresses it in the dialect.

 

3. Yoka, yoka

The word for good in the Kumamoto Japanese dialect is yoka. In the standard Japanese language it is equivalent to yoi. Saying Yoka yoka means that’s good! And in the standard language it is Sore wa yoi!

 

4. Dago

Some words in Nihongo have multiple meanings which are sometimes unrelated; in the Kumamoto Japanese dialect dago can mean very or sweet dumplings depending on how it’s used. To say very good in the dialect: dago yoka bai or dago yokatai! In the standard language this is equivalent to totemo yoi!

 

5. Dandan(na)

Arigatou is thank you in standard Japanese language. In the Kumamoto Japanese dialect, thank you is said in two ways, a brisk dandan(na) and choujyou.Dandan is brisk and informal, adding the na adds a bit of politeness in the end.

 

 

6. Muzoka

In the Kumamoto Japanese dialect muzoka means cute, lovely, sweet and precious. The equivalent in the standard language is kawaii. In complementing a girl or a lady in the dialect, you say, Anata wa muzokatai. In standard Japanese, anata wa kawaiidesu.

 

7. Honnakotsu

Honnakotsu in Kumamoto Japanese dialect means really, truly, is that so; and are you serious? All in an interrogative form. In the standard Japanese language the equivalent question is Hontou ni? (really?-informal) or Shinkendesu ka? (are you serious?-formal).

 

8. Gamadase

Ganbare Kumamoto! is to hang in there kumamoto in standard Japanese language. In the Kumamoto Japanese language hang in there kumamoto is gamadase kumamoto.Gamadase means Hang is there in the dialect.

 

9. Nanshyotto

Dialects have certain peculiarities from the standard language and the Kumamoto Japanese dialect is no exception. Example for peculiarity is Nanshyotto? which means what are you doing? Or this can also be informal like what’s up? Or how’s it going? In the standard language this is equivalent to nani shiteru no?

 

10. Umaka

Umaka is tasty, delicious, good and delectable in the Kumamoto Japanese dialect. When in the area of the Kumamoto prefecture, and tasting that’s delicious say dago umaka bai! In the standard Japanese, kore wa totemo oishi desu.

 

Conclusion

Learning peculiarities in dialects such as Kumamoto Japanese dialect can be both funny and weird. Knowing basic words in the dialect is useful when going to the Kumamoto area. It is indirectly honoring the locals in those areas. And by taking time and effort to know a bit of their dialect, one becomes part of their culture and heritage. Some of these dialects are already disappearing as younger generations are opting to use the standard language. So as a visitor, it is cool to be schooled in the local culture.

 

Let’s Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Kumamoto!

1. Bai
2. Tai
3. Yoka, yoka
4. Dago
5. Dandan(na)
6. Muzoka
7. Honnakotsu
8. Gamadase
9. Nanshyotto
10. Umaka