(This phrasebook is based on the dialect of Ishigaki, there are dialectal differences between islands)
"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.
- Good morning!
- Sutumudi misjarorunneːraː.
- Hello/Good afternoon!
- Good evening!
- Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
- Long time no see!
- How are you doing?
- Ganzjuː jarorunsaː?
- How are you feeling?
- I'm sorry.
- Be careful.
- Do you have any?
- Which one is good?
- I'm full
- Nice weather today, isn't it!
- Kjuːja iji oːsuku yunna!
- Bad weather today, isn't it...
- Kjuːja jana oːsuku yunna!
- Hot day today, isn't it.
- Kjuːja attsaː soːraː.
- It's my first trip to Yaeyama
- Jajimange hazjimjitji kwitajuː.
- I've been to Yaeyama a few times before
- Jajimange ikumusung kjiurun'juː.
- I've been busy with work... ; Sjigutunu hangtahaːnu.
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.