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Dialects of Japanese language

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The Japanese language has dozens of geographic dialects in addition to standard Japanese, which grew out of Kanto's dialect.

Table of contents
1 Kansai dialect
2 Other dialects
3 External Link

Kansai dialect

The most well-known, Kansai-ben (関西弁, ben dialect) is a dialect spoken in the Kansai region of Japan, and most notably in the city of Osaka. Most Japanese people from outside the region find the dialect to be rough-sounding.

Kansai-ben contracts several words—chigau "wrong" becomes chau, omoshiroi "interesting" becomes omoroi, and hontō "really" becomes honma. It replaces others entirely—suteru "to throw away" becomes hokasu, and totemo "very" becomes mecha.

Common phrases unique to the Kansai dialect include:

Other dialects

External Link