Yonaguni is a language spoken solely on the island of Yonaguni at the westernmost tip of the Yaeyama Islands, Japan.
- where are you going?
- Mmaŋki hirunna?
- to okinawa (main island)
- welcome to this place
- Kumaŋki waːrïː.
- who are you?
- Ŋda taːya?
- I am [a Yonagunian/Okinawa mainlander/Japanese mainlander/American/Australian/Briton].
- Anuya [dunaŋtu/wunnaŋtu/damatoŋtu/amirikaŋtu/wusutïraːriyaŋtu/iŋciriŋtu] du.
- I don't have money.
- Zyiŋ minuŋ.
- please, eat!
- Yiː hayi.
- I can't eat anymore, I'm full.
- Maː hwunuŋ, bataŋti du.
- thanks or congratulations
- ahh, ok.
- Atlas moth (world's largest moth).
- Basu. ("basu" means 'bus' in Japanese, so using this word in an otherwise-Japanese sentence may cause confusion)
- San'ai Isoba (legendary empress of Yonaguni).
- Sakayi Isoba.
If you're really interested in the language, the Yonaguni Ethnographic Museum sells a small dictionary written by an island auntie who is the museum's curator, Nae Ikema. The same woman, over 100 years old, is also the last remaining soul with a traditional knowledge of the island's peculiar writing system known as "kayida dii" (two symbols found carved in the underwater ruins closely resemble the local characters for horse and goat, respectively).