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Questions tagged [dialects]

方言. Language and vocabulary differences between specific regions of Japan.

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What しとっても means here?

陸ではのらくらしとっても水の中ではそりゃあ素早い I don't quite understand しとっても form here. I guess the whole sentence will be Even though they're slow on land, they're very quick in water. Is しとっても another form of ...
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ぬ in place of の

The lyrics of the song go like this: 教科書に書いてある事だけじゃわからない 大切な物がきっとここにあるはずさ それが島人ぬ宝 Why is ぬ used where の is expected? It this something Okinawan?
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Is 知{し}らんけど a phrase in every dialect or just kansai?

I was looking on a forum of some sorts and I saw people use 知{し}らんけど. After I looked it up, some of the results said it was from the kansai dialect. Is this common throughout or just in kansai?
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Existence verbs in the Kansai Dialect

In this part of this Wikipedia article, it states In other areas such as Hyogo and Mie, いる /iru/ is hardly used and おる /oru/ does not have the negative usage. What I want to know is, does this ...
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I-Adjectives in the Kagoshima dialect

In this Wikipedia article, in the table of i-adjectives, I noticed that some of these adjectives were completely different in the Kagoshima dialect compared to Standard Japanese in a way that these ...
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Words in the Kagoshima dialect

Using this Wikipedia article here, I learnt that words in Standard Japanese may encounter something called sonorant gliding while converting to Kagoshima dialect. For what is written here, these are ...
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叱られる時に「うるさい!」と「やかましい!」のどちらがきついですか?

辞書では意味がとても近いので、聞きたいのですが、例えば、ビニール袋などで音を立てている時に、知らないおっさんに急に「うるさい!」または、「やかましい!」って言われたら、その言葉のチョイスで叱られた感は違いますか? また、そのキツさは「あほ」と「ばか」のように地域・方言によって変わりますか?
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Where does “行かれん” come from and what are its characteristics?

Thanks to Weblio, I know that it means 行ってはいけない but I don't understand well the story with 《標準語》(that is in the definition page), its level of politeness,etc
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Long sentence with Kansai dialect

Once again, from a manga. A gangster explains who his gang is up against. 手を汚す程やなくても このまま立ち消えるなら それに越したことないゆう 連中もそれを助けとるらしい He speaks Kansai-ben (I think), so やなくても is じゃなくても, ないゆう is ないという ...
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Usage of じゃ in 西瓜を買うと、俺もあいつも好きじゃで両得じゃ

西瓜を買うと、俺もあいつも好きじゃで両得じゃ。 じゃ means then, well then. But what does じゃ in the above context? Seems the definition of then, well then can't fit in this sentence.
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What does でござんしょうな mean in 馬車はいつ出るのでござんしょうな

馬車はいつ出るのでござんしょうな Does this sentence mean "When will the horse cart come out?" But what does でござんしょうな mean here? Should this be broken down into three parts as で + ござんしょう + な? I know ございます means ...
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Meaning of 閉店ガラガラガラ in the following sentence

An American boxer has been living in Japan for 3 years. He lives in the Kansai area, so he speaks Kansai dialect. He complains that after 3 years in Japan he still hasn't fought against a really ...
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pronunciation, dialects/background: わたす、すた?

I was watching a few episodes of the anime for 魔法遣いに大切なこと and I couldn't help but notice that the main character, a girl from 岩手県 in this story, pronounced some words containing し as though they ...
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Question about the verb 失う [duplicate]

I came across the sentence from a Manga which I think it would be Kansai-dialect form. なんや ようわからんうちに気をうしのうてしまったが... I think that it would be volitional form so I have looked it up and found that ...
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Can hiragana & katakana “spell” the sounds of all Japonic, etc. topolects?

Japan has a lot of topolects. Most of them are all classified under Japonic. These include Ryukyuan, Hachijō, Kyūshū and obviously eastern and western Japanese. Can hiragana & katakana "spell" ...
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Is this use of 「こみ」 instead of 「ごみ」 in 「ごみ収集ステーション」 accidental or a variation?

In this question on the Travel SE OP is asking about こみ収集ステーション that he has seen, and provided this image of a notice on one of those from Higashidori, Aomori: The pic is blurry, but not so bad ...
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How to use 終助詞 -わ

I've looked up a lot on how to use the feminine 終助詞 "-わ", but I still don't understand concretely grammatically where it is ok and where it is incorrect. I do not use it for multiple reasons, but I ...
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meaning of みんべえ

The full sentence comes from the story of 力太郎. Here it is: 「ばあさん や。この あか で にんぎょう を つくって みんべえ。」 I understand all the words except みんべえ, which I couldn't find in my dictionary. Is this an old ...
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Difficulty of comprehension of Japanese in a video and identification of dialect

I came across the following video when doing research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlkoq4WZrTE&t=358s&authuser=1 At first I could not comprehend at all what was being said, but after ...
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Can anyone confirm チックン is Kyushu-ben for チングイ and give its scientific name?

In southern Kyushu, you hear people speak of a biting bug called チックン that lurks in shallow water near beaches. Researching the word a bit comes up with the more standard term チングイ, and it appears to ...
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what does なってしもう mean?

うち、あんたなしじゃあ生きていかれへん体になってしもうたんや。 My unsure translation: "House (うち), I become(なってしもう??) a body(体) who can't go on living(生きていかれへん) without you(あんたなし)". whats going on with the なってしもう? Is it a casual/...
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What does 上 mean here?

ずるいずりい、うちのほうが上やったのに上やったのに Taking 「やった」 as 関西弁の「だった」, does this basically mean: [Not fair! I was above you.. I was above you...] or does わたしは「X」のほうが上です。 have another meaning?
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words for snail

I have seen かたつむり and でんでんむし and ででむし listed as "snail." What are the differences between these words?
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Question about まんず

I'm trying to translate one of the Japanese stories (currently this one: 節分の鬼) to get better understanding of the language (as I'm still a beginner, but stubborn) and the whole thing was going ...
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勉強ばできん - particle ば

In Gabaibaachan, in ch. 15, at a climax in the story, the protagonist's mother finally makes an appearance and cheers him on at a running race. He calls back: 勉強ばできんばってん足が早かろうが--! "I'm a terrible ...
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Etymology of 「ボンボン」 meaning “green young man from a well-to-do family” in Kansai dialect

I came across this word and the most fitting definition in JMdict was the fifth one here. What does it come from? None of the 擬*語 defined in JMdict describe a "green young man from a well-to-do ...
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けん in 佐賀 dialect

I have encountered a number of passages with 〜けん in 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん. I'm not quite sure what it means exactly. I've seen instances where it appears to mean から and others where it appears to mean けど. I'm ...
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The meaning of やわこく in archaic dialog

Reading a novel and there's a part of a sentence that I don't quite understand. For context, the person speaking is at a small party, being completely drunk while speaking to this fit, sober woman. ...
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Omission of く in negative form of い-adjective

I learnt that the negative form of い-adjective is: remove the trailing い, then add くない. Example: 赤い→赤くない However, I've been watching Japanese livestream and following her twitter. Sometimes, she omit ...
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Why is ば in this sentence?

そんなトコで何ばしよる。 I'm reading a manga and from the context of the pictures I think this sentence reads, "What are you doing up there," but I have no idea what part ば plays. The character speaks in a ...
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四つ仮名 yotugana - pronunciation difference

Many of you probably know about the so called 四{よ}つ仮名{がな}, じ ぢ ず づ, and that in standard Japanese only two different pronunciations for them exist, that is じ=ぢ=/=ず=づ. However, they used to represent ...
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What dialect is !〜べ?

What dialect is それはねぇべ (それはないだろう)? It seems I hear it a lot from people from Chiba. Is it from a specific part of Chiba or even a wider area?
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どこかでなろうたんですか。meaning?

someone is amazed by his friend's ability of dancing well so he asked him どこかでなろうたんですか and his friend replied ええ、坂本さんに教えてもらいました。彼、ダンスがとくいなんです。 I don't get the meaning "なろうたんですか” here ?
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Usage of なんでやねん

Some years ago a former co-student from Oosaka taught me the expression なんでやねん. He said it is Oosaka slang and it could be used in all kinds of funny or awkward situations, meaning something along the ...
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Meaning of しゃいどったで?

The speaker says the following: 二人ともオメデトさん!コイツ久々に着物新調する言うてエライはしゃいどったで? He points to his colleague standing behind him who responds with: 今あたしの話はいいでしょう…!? I find the speaker's line very ...
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What is じゃけぇ supposed to mean?

I came across this in a manga and can't figure out the meaning. I bet it's mainly used in casual conversation since the protagonist uses it during a conversation with his mother. But other than that, ...
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「ひゃっくり」ってどこの方言?

自分が普段使うのは"しゃっくり"です。しかし、しゃっくりと言ったら「ひゃっくりだよ」と注意されたことがあります。辞書ではそうなってはいないみたいです。 ひゃっくりとはどこの方言なのでしょうか。それとも、方言ですら無いのでしょうか。
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Understanding じゃから

Can somebody please help me understand the following sentence: なにをするにも、「おそい」ということはないのじゃから。 I am having trouble with the part that I've bolded (じゃから). I think so far that it means "What ever you ...
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Dialogue and politeness level in 風の又三郎

I have two questions regarding the style of the classic story 風の又三郎 by 宮沢賢治. (Full text available on 青空文庫) 1) Most of the characters use a dialect which I believe is 岩手弁, which comes from the author'...
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What does 「なにしてたん?」mean?

I've been talking with a Japanese exchange student at my college. For 4 years I've been studying Japanese and we get along just fine most of the time but sometimes even I get a bit lost. He's from ...
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How was a Japanese 'common/standard language' chosen?

Japan, like most places, is full of dialects/topolects. Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Japan) says Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese The article doesn't get into ...
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Grammar and aspect of 「コーヒー飲んでき!」

I have some questions about 「コーヒー飲んでき!」 What is it a contraction of ? Is it inchoative ? In all of the examples i've found, it's an invitation to come in. But i think 「コーヒー飲んでき」can mean [ Why don'...
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What dialect are these numbers from?

In the ending for the anime "Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear", there's a line where the backup singers (aka the residents of Kumade Village) say いず ぬっ さん すう でーじぇーへーうぃーごー Which I haven't seen translated, ...
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Readings of「乗んなかった」 and 「また来なね」

Could you please confirm the reading of what I think are two instances of a (Kansai?) dialect that I've seen in the same manga chapter today. The first one (with a context): あの車ね、結局、私が買っちゃったんだ。...
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What does the word 「だまっとれ」mean?

It is in a sentence said by an old man who is speaking to a group of children. おめえらはだまっとれ! I think it should be an imperative form of 「黙る」 but I found, in an online dictionary, that the form is ...
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What does the word 「やったる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. It is said by an old man who is cooking some food and planning to give it to a younger person who is in jail. ようし わしゃあやったるぜ I am not sure if it is a shorten ...
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What do the words 「いうない」 and 「おねんねしなさい」mean?

Here is the context including the word which a boy spoke to himself. おとなしく規則を守っておねんねしなさい...か じょうだんいうないっ いまのおれはめしを食うひまさえおしいくらいに思ってるんだ I think it should be 言わない, so 「じょうだんいわない」 would be ...
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What does the word 「なりたかねえ」 mean?

It is said by a boy who was straddling on a running pig among other of them. せんべいになりたかねえやつあ おとなしくわきへ どいてろっ。 I think it would mean 「なりたくない」 or 'not to become'. Is it changed because of dialectal ...
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What is the meaning of 「まちいな」?

Here is the sentence said by Kansai speaker who was capturing 2 boys who were chasing another guy. まちいな あんさんたち。 I think the word would mean 待つ with particle な emphasizing the emotion but I would ...
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What does the word よれん mean?

Here is the sentence: おおっ くせえのう… おらあぶた小屋だけはマスクなしではそばにもよれんわい。 It is probably said by Kansai speaker which I'm not certain. I understand that よれん or よれない means 'not to get twisted'. But I think it ...