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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.

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.

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 misjarorunneːraː.
Hello/Good afternoon! 
Misjarorunneːraː.
Good evening! 
Joːnnarisuŋa.
Thanks! 
Miːhaijuː.
Welcome! 
Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
Long time no see! 
Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
How are you doing? 
Ganzjuː jarorunsaː?
How are you feeling? 
Misjarorunneːraː?
I'm sorry. 
Gurisjimihoːrjaːjoː.
Be careful. 
Kiːsjikitaboːri.
Really? 
Aŋzjiː?
Do you have any? 
Aruroːruŋ?
Which one is good? 
Zwuridumasu?
Yes. 
Oː.
No. 
Aːji.
Hot 
Attsanu
Cold 
Piːsjanu
Tasty 
Umahaŋ
Hungry 
Yaːsanu
I'm full 
Badaŋtjita
Bad 
Naranu
Tired 
Nihwutaːhaːnu
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 
Jajimaŋe hazjimjitji kwitajuː.
I've been to Yaeyama a few times before 
Jajimaŋe ikumusuŋ kjiurun'juː.
I've been busy with work... 
Sjigutunu 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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