Hello, how are you?
Today’s topic is regional dialects. Do you speak any dialect?
In Fukuoka, where NILS is located, we have a very distinct dialect called 博多弁 (Hakata-ben).
Let me introduce a few Hakata-ben words/phrases you might hear frequently.
(1) よか (Yoka)
It means good, nice, or fine.
[Example] 「髪染めたと？ よか色やね！｣ “Kami someta to? Yoka iroyane.”
(Did you color your hair? It’s great color!)
(2) ばり (bari)
Very, quite, or super.
(3) うまか (Umaka)
Delicious, yummy, etc.
[Example] ｢この寿司ばりうまか！｣ “Kono sushi bari umaka!”
(This sushi is super delicious!)
(4) ~と？ / ~と。 (-to? / -to.)
This ending is used when asking a question. It’s also used for answering the question.
If the ending of the sentence is rising, it’s a question. If declining or neutral, it’s not a question.
[Example] 「すいとーと？」 “Suito to?” (Do you like it?)
「うん、すいとーと｣ “Un, suito to.” (Yes, I like it.)
You don’t need to learn Hakata-ben to study in school.
Regional dialects are an extra knowledge.
Yet, our students have plenty of opportunities to hear Hakata-ben in every day life.
Sometimes, they surprise native Hakata people with their Hakata-ben.
It might be fun to learn this “extra knowledge”.
You will definitely be able to adapt to the local culture smoothly.
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