Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Today's Japanese Lesson

Because I've just started to post at Vox as well as Blogger, I thought I'd cross post this to the other blog.
Kansai (関西) -- the region of western Japan including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
and Kobe and environs -- has it's own dialect of Japanese that is
significantly different to the (Tokyo) standard. Like all countries,
people speak differently from place to place. The differences can be
subtle, as in Southern Ontario vs Northern Michigan, or they can be
blatant enough to be noticeable to non-native and native speakers alike,
as comparing Middlesbrough, Newfoundland and Texas might demonstrate.
Kansai-ben is probably closer to the Middlesbrough to London type of
comparison, with Kansai being Middlesbrough for our purposes.
So here is today's East meets West comparison
English: Thank you.
Tokyo Dialect: Arigato Gozaimasu (有り難うございますor ありがとうございます)
Kansai Dialect: Maido Okini (毎度おきに.)
Please feel free to use this with family and friends

The Eternal Gaijin
Lost Somewhere in Kobe, Japan
"Words Cannot Describe What I Am About To Tell You."

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