Yaeyama phrasebook

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

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 misyarorunneːraː.
Hello/Good afternoon! 
Misyarorunneːraː.
Good evening! 
Yoːnnarisuŋa.
Thanks! 
Miːhaiyuː.
Welcome! 
Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
Long time no see! 
Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
How are you doing? 
Ganzyuː yarorunsaː?
How are you feeling? 
Misyarorunneːraː?
I'm sorry. 
Gurisyimihoːryaːyoː.
Be careful. 
Kiːsyikitaboːri.
Really? 
Aŋzyiː?
Do you have any? 
Aruroːruŋ?
Which one is good? 
Zwuridumasu?
Yes. 
Oː.
No. 
Aːyi.
Hot 
Attsanu
Cold 
Piːsyanu
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 hazyimyityi kwitayuː.
I've been to Yaeyama a few times before 
Yayimaŋe ikumusuŋ kyiurun'yuː.
I've been busy with work... 
Syigutunu 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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