Japanese Roommate Rivalry Part 3 – That Reminds Me

Learn Japanese easily! In case you missed them, Yasu and Momo are back! And, they’re here to teach you phrases such as “speaking of which…” and “that reminds me…” and “that’s not good,” using the Okayama dialect. Think of how many times you say, “speaking of which…” when a conversation shifts, and you’ll see why this article is so important. This Japanese Culture Class presents some of the most commonly used words and phrases in the Okayama dialect. As a bonus, you’ll learn “hot, let’s eat, too much, overwhelming,” and much more. As always, the English translations are accompanied by both the standard Japanese and Okayama forms, so you can use both with confidence!

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

ondanka – “global warming”
hakuuto – “(white) peaches”
chokuzen – “right before something”
koorimizu – “ice water”
reizooku – “refrigerator”
amasa – “sweetness”
ochiru – “to degrade, to fade”

Grammar: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

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Grammar Point 1:

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Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / “English”
soo iyaa / soo ieba / “speaking of which, which reminds me, come to think of it”

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Explanation

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When a conversation shifts, wee often use soo iyaa in Okayama. In standard Japanese, it is sooieba.

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Example

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  1. Okayama dialect: Soo iyaa aitsu ima, nanshon naa?
  2. Standard Japanese: Soo ieba, aitsu ima, nani shiteirun da? “By the way, what is he/she doing now?” -or- “What does he/she do now?”

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Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / “English”
oen dame / “something doesn’t work, not good”

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Explanation

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As mentioned in the previous article, oen is the negative form of oeru, which we do not use in modern Okayama dialect anymore. Please review the usage of oen in the following example sentences.

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Example

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  1. Mama, soto de asondemo ee? “Mom, can I go play outside?”
  2. Oen. “Nope.”
  3. Nande? “Why?”
  4. Shukudai sena oen yo. “You must do your homework.”

*The ending part yo can be substituted with de and is widely used in the Kansai area.

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Vocabulary

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Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / “English”
achii / atsui / “hot”

kanawan / kanawanai / “too much, overwhelming”
doneeka / donnanika / “any way to get by”
naran naranai / “must, have to”
shaanai shikatanai / “can’t be helped, nothing to do”
susumyooru susundeiru / “to be ongoing”
kuen taberarenai / “inedible”
tabyoo tabeyoo / “let’s eat!”

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