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(although it's not commonly seen this way, and not precise (the sounds are different from their japanese counterparts), it is certainly easier for most people to write "sh" instead of "sy" for aff)
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==Phraselist==
 
==Phraselist==
; Good morning! : Sutumudi misyarorunneːraː.
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; Good morning! : Sutumudi misharorunneːraː.
; Hello/Good afternoon! : Misyarorunneːraː.
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; Hello/Good afternoon! : Misharorunneːraː.
 
; Good evening! : Yoːnnarisuŋa.
 
; Good evening! : Yoːnnarisuŋa.
 
; Thanks! : Miːhaiyuː.
 
; Thanks! : Miːhaiyuː.
 
; Welcome! : Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
 
; Welcome! : Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
 
; Long time no see! : Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
 
; Long time no see! : Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
; How are you doing? : Ganzyuː yarorunsaː?
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; How are you doing? : Ganzhuː yarorunsaː?
; How are you feeling? : Misyarorunneːraː?
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; How are you feeling? : Misharorunneːraː?
; I'm sorry. : Gurisyimihoːryaːyoː.
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; I'm sorry. : Gurishimihoːryaːyoː.
; Be careful. : Kiːsyikitaboːri.
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; Be careful. : Kiːshikitaboːri.
; Really? : Aŋzyiː?
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; Really? : Aŋzhiː?
 
; Do you have any? : Aruroːruŋ?
 
; Do you have any? : Aruroːruŋ?
 
; Which one is good? : Zwuridumasu?
 
; Which one is good? : Zwuridumasu?
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; No. : Aːyi.  
 
; No. : Aːyi.  
 
; Hot : Attsanu
 
; Hot : Attsanu
; Cold : Piːsyanu
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; Cold : Piːshanu
 
; Tasty : Umahaŋ
 
; Tasty : Umahaŋ
 
; Hungry : Yaːsanu
 
; Hungry : Yaːsanu
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; Bad weather today, isn't it... : Kyuːya yana oːsuku yunna!
 
; Bad weather today, isn't it... : Kyuːya yana oːsuku yunna!
 
; Hot day today, isn't it. : Kyuːya attsaː soːraː.
 
; Hot day today, isn't it. : Kyuːya attsaː soːraː.
; It's my first trip to Yaeyama : Yayimaŋe hazyimyityi kwitayuː.
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; It's my first trip to Yaeyama : Yayimaŋe hazhimyityi kwitayuː.
 
; I've been to Yaeyama a few times before : Yayimaŋe ikumusuŋ kyiurun'yuː.
 
; I've been to Yaeyama a few times before : Yayimaŋe ikumusuŋ kyiurun'yuː.
; I've been busy with work... : Syigutunu haŋtahaːnu.
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; I've been busy with work... : Shigutunu haŋtahaːnu.
  
 
==Learning more==
 
==Learning more==

Revision as of 02:52, 1 October 2005

Yaeyama is spoken in the Yaeyama Islands, in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan. The language is closely related to Japanese.

Contents

Dialects

There are significant dialectal differences between the islands and the following phrasebook is based on the dialect of Ishigaki, the largest and most populous island. See the separate Yonaguni phrasebook for the version spoken on Yonaguni.

A few examples:

English Ishigaki Shiroyasu Yonaguni

Sea Tumoːrɨ Inaga Unnaga

Head Tsuburɨ Amasukuru Mimburu

Cloud Hwumu HwumoN Mmu

Pronunciation guide

"j" is pronounced like a "y" in English. Some syllables begin with a "ng", and this may be difficult for some English speakers. The triangular colon indicates a long vowel.

Phraselist

Good morning! 
Sutumudi misharorunneːraː.
Hello/Good afternoon! 
Misharorunneːraː.
Good evening! 
Yoːnnarisuŋa.
Thanks! 
Miːhaiyuː.
Welcome! 
Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
Long time no see! 
Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
How are you doing? 
Ganzhuː yarorunsaː?
How are you feeling? 
Misharorunneːraː?
I'm sorry. 
Gurishimihoːryaːyoː.
Be careful. 
Kiːshikitaboːri.
Really? 
Aŋzhiː?
Do you have any? 
Aruroːruŋ?
Which one is good? 
Zwuridumasu?
Yes. 
Oː.
No. 
Aːyi.
Hot 
Attsanu
Cold 
Piːshanu
Tasty 
Umahaŋ
Hungry 
Yaːsanu
I'm full 
Badaŋtyita
Bad 
Naranu
Tired 
Nihwutaːhaːnu
Nice weather today, isn't it! 
Kyuːya iyi oːsuku yunna!
Bad weather today, isn't it... 
Kyuːya yana oːsuku yunna!
Hot day today, isn't it. 
Kyuːya attsaː soːraː.
It's my first trip to Yaeyama 
Yayimaŋe hazhimyityi kwitayuː.
I've been to Yaeyama a few times before 
Yayimaŋe ikumusuŋ kyiurun'yuː.
I've been busy with work... 
Shigutunu haŋtahaːnu.

Learning more

There is a very, very large dictionary you can get at some bookshops, it comes in two volumes, one Yaeyama->Japanese and the other Japanese->Yaeyama. It also includes a brief grammar.

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