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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Colloquial Kansai Japanese by D. Palter Goodreads Author ,. Kaoru Slotsve. This is a compact and convenient guide to learning the Kansai dialect of the Japanese language Maido, maido and welcome to the Kansai region of western Japan.
Whether visiting or living in this area, you will quickly notice the locals aren't speaking standard Japanese taught in textbooks and classrooms. The language on the streets is Kansai-ben: a dialect said to be earthie This is a compact and convenient guide to learning the Kansai dialect of the Japanese language Maido, maido and welcome to the Kansai region of western Japan.
The language on the streets is Kansai-ben: a dialect said to be earthier and more direct, but with its own polite language.
With clear explanations of grammar, a Kansai-ben dictionary, and a helpful index, Colloquial Kansai Japanese is an indispensable guide to the rich speech of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Hundreds of sample phrases, sentences and conversations show how the dialect works in everyday situations, ranging from shopping to dealing with the boss. And while you're leaning about the nuances of Kansai—ben , you will have fun reading about Kansai cuisine, sports and specialties.
So open your mouth when you speak, roll your r's, and try out this colorful dialect. With your copy of Colloquial Kansai Japanese , you will soon be among friends in Kansai. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 15th by Tuttle Publishing first published August 15th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Rating details. Sort order. Mar 16, Jenn rated it really liked it Shelves: japanese-language. A very fun read. I read this before spending a year in the Kansai region Kyoto prefecture, to be precise and as soon as I landed I was hearing all these wonderful Kinki words! Without this book giving me a basic understanding, I would have struggled a lot more. As well as being very light-hearted, it's very informative. And unlike some other books I've seen on Kansai-ben, it's very clear that there are a lot of differences between the different parts of the region.
Unfortunately there is no CD A very fun read. Unfortunately there is no CD so there is no way to here how beautiful and melodic Kansai-ben is. A fun, light read- definitely recommended. The Japanese language has several variants most of the written characters being borrowed from the Chine. This text explore the colloquial language of Japan's Kansai language as it occurs in several regions.
This is a useful tool for anyone studying Japanese. Dec 18, Jac rated it really liked it Shelves: languages , japanese. An easy to understand primer on some of the nuances of kansai ben and the culture surrounding it.
There are a few mistakes here and there. Overall a good reference for Kansai Japanese, especially for those who are still working on learning Japanese. Everything is explained for intermediate learners.
If you have learned standard Tokyo Japanese, it's a one day read. The culture notes are fun, too, like the section on the Hanshin Tigers. Romaji are evil! I really wish they hadn't included them, but it was easy to just skip them and read the Japanese. That's part of the reason it was a quick rea There are a few mistakes here and there.
That's part of the reason it was a quick read. May 09, Jake Chesser rated it liked it. Concise, interesting book on Kansai-Ben. It's been fun learning more of the intricacies and reasons behind the Japanese I was surrounded by in Hyogo, though the book seems to focus more on Osaka-Ben seeing those differences was another big plus. Tons of example sentences and conversations as well. Jul 30, Mika rated it really liked it.
Organized, easily indexed, and pretty helpful for speaking like a rull southerner. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About D. I took classes to learn Japanese, but what everyone around me spoke was not the same language I found in my textbooks.
When I asked my teachers the meaning of words and expressions that I heard around me, they said, "Oh, that's just local dialect. You don't need to learn that.
So I started bugging my friends and colleagues to explain everything they said, and created my own little dictionary. I eventually thought this might be useful to other non-Japanese in Kansai, and along with Kaoru, a friend from Kobe Steel, we started organizing it and adding example conversations.
One of the greatest days of my life was when Tuttle published the book, and I'm grateful that they've kept it in print ever since. I thank you for reading it. I hope you find it helpful to enjoy your stay in Kansai, whether for a day or a lifetime. Maido, okini ni! Books by D. Related Articles. There are many ways to take action against racism. Read more Trivia About Colloquial Kansai No trivia or quizzes yet.
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The Kansai dialect is typified by the speech of Osaka, the major city of Kansai, which is referred to specifically as Osaka-ben. It is characterized as being both more melodic and harsher by speakers of the standard language. Since Osaka is the largest city in the region and its speakers gained the most media exposure over the last century, non-Kansai-dialect speakers tend to associate the dialect of Osaka with the entire Kansai region. However, technically, Kansai dialect is not a single dialect but a group of related dialects in the region. Each major city and prefecture has a particular dialect, and residents take some pride in their particular dialectal variations. Dialects of other areas have different features, some archaic, from the common Kansai dialect.