I have difficulty understanding the dialogue below.


Context: Somebody asked him what does this phrase「好きじゃなくもない」means. He thinks it means "like."

I have two ways to interpret his response.

I can rewrite the dialogue like this


It will look like he is explaining this phrase means "like."

Or maybe


I heard that「って」is the short for「と言う」, so it will make more sense? It will make him to declare that this phrase means "like."

Which of the two interpretations above is correct for this context?

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    I will not answer this because I am not sure if 「じゃ」is just a variation for 「だ」or something else completely. But I can tell you that while 「って」can be a short for 「と言う」, in reality it is just a "conversational" version of 「と」. 「強いと思う」-> 「強いって思う」 Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 7:39

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Your first interpretation is correct.

In Tokyo metropolitan dialect, ……では is contracted as ……じゃ and ないか in ……じゃないか can be omitted (usually denoted with a ellipsis). Therefore,


in Tokyo metropolitan dialect is equivalent to


in Standard Japanese.

On the other hand, this second interpretation


sounds impossible to me because...

  • Interpreting なんじゃって as だと言う is impossible if the character is speaking a Kanto dialect (incl. Tokyo metropolitan dialect).
  • Even if なんじゃって here means だと言う, the whole sentences does not make sense to me.

Meanwhile, as Dosei mentioned, some western dialects have copula じゃ (like だ in Standard Japanese) but they drop the quoting particle before 思う, 言う, etc., I guess.


なんじゃ can be dialect, maybe Kansai-ben(?), but afaik, it means ~ "can say that" or something like that.

My best guess would be like: "It means 'to like' I think... maybe..."

TLDR: if it is dialect, then your two interpretations might not be correct, but I can't say without knowing the character who says it. Japanese can be pretty difficult to interpret normally, and when you add dialects to the mix, it completely alters the meaning of some words ^-^'

  • Not sure it it's a dialect or not. The mangaka resides in Tokyo.
    – Ray Siplao
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 19:54

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