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Which do you prefer standard Japanese or Kansai dialect?

投稿日:

・You know there is kansaiben in Japan. But, you aren't quite familiar with that.

・You are interested in the difference between standard Japanese and Kansai dialect.



I wrote this article for such people.

I would like to introduce 10 phrases about the difference between standard Japanese and kansaiben.

Use them depending on your preference!

Let's start!


1. よくない(yokunai) or あかん(akan)

These phrases mean 'not good'.

Example

Standard: 「遅刻はよくない。」

Kansaiben:「遅刻はあかん。」

2. おもしろい(omoshiroi) or おもろい(omoroi)

As you may know, these phrases mean 'interesting'.

Example

Standard:「この漫画おもしろい。」

Kansaiben:「この漫画おもろいな。」

3. 本当(honto) or ほんま(honma)

These phrases mean 'really'.

Example

Standard:
A「バルセロナが負けたよ。」
B「本当?」

Kansaiben:
A「バルセロナが負けたよ。」
B「ほんま?」

4. 違う(chigau) or ちゃう(chau)

These phrases means 'wrong'.

Kansai people mostly repeat ちゃう twice.

Example

Standard:
A「バルセロナが負けらしいよ。」
B「違うよ。」

Kansaiben:
A「バルセロナが負けたらしいよ。」
B「ちゃうちゃう。」

5. そうだよ(soudayo) or せやねん(seyanen)

These phrases mean 'yes'.

Example

Standard:
A「明日は仕事?」
B「そうだよ。」

Kansaiben:
A「明日は仕事?」
B「せやねん。」

6. ありがとう(arigatou) or おおきに(ookini)

As you know, theses phrases mean 'thank you'.

Elders mostly use おおきに in Kansai.

Example

Standard:「ありがとう。」

Kansaiben:「おおきに。」

7. いくら(ikura) or なんぼ(nanbo)

These phrases mean 'how much'.

Example

Standard:「これいくら?」

Kansaiben:「これなんぼ?」

8. 全然いいよ(zenzeniiyo) or かまへん(kamahen)

These phrases mean 'that's fine'.

Example

Standard:
A「ちょっと遅れるかも。」
B「全然いいよ。」

Kansaiben:
A「ちょっと遅れるかも。」
B「かまへんよー。」

9. そんなこと(sonnakoto) or そんなん(sonnan)

These phrases mean 'such thing'.

Example

Standard:「そんなことしたらよくないよ。」

Kansaiben:「そんなんしたらあかんよ。」

10. いる(iru) or おる(oru)

These phrases mean 'you are there'.

Example

Standard:「いまどこいる?」

Kansaiben:「いまどこおる?」




I'm glad if this article helped you in some way. 

Thanks.

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