Learn about the Kansai dialect

Kansai-ben, the most notorious Japanese dialect, is actually a collection of regional vernaculars from the Kinki area, of which Osaka-ben is widely spoken.

With a strong association with famous comedians from Osaka, Kansai-ben has been characterised as outgoing, fast-paced and hilarious. Hatori from the famous Detective Conan series also popularized Kansai-ben with his wit and charm.

We have picked out some familiar phrases for you to get comfortable when interacting with locals in Kansai, who take pride in their language and identity!

ENGLISH Standard Japanese Kansai dialect
That’s funny! 面白い
(omoshiroi)
おもろい
(omoroi)
Isn’t it extremely fun?! とても楽しいでしょう

(totemo tanoshii deshou)

めっちゃ楽しいやんけ

(meccha tanoshii yan ke)

Very, very good すごくいいよ

(sugoku ii yo)

バリバリええで

(bari bari ee de)

So-so まあまあ

(maa maa)

ぼちぼち

(bochi bochi)

What the heck! / You’ve got to be kidding me! どうして [Why?]

(doushite)

何でやねん

(nan de ya nen)

You don’t say! / Is that true? 本当なの

(hontou na no)

ほんまかいな

(hon ma kai na)

I don’t understand 分かりません / 分からない

(wakarimasen / wakannai)

分からへん / 分からん

(wakarahen / wakaran)

Cut it out already やめて
(yamete)
やんぴー
(yanpi)

 

(This feature first appeared on WAttention Singapore magazine, Mar/Apr 2018 Vol. 43) 

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