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 : Hwugarasa.
ahh, ok. : Isye-isye.
idiot. : Miŋburubutta.
mountain(s). : Dama.
east. : Aŋgayi.
west. : Yiri.
south. : Hayi.
north. : Nici.
Sonai. : Tumayimura.
Kubura. : Kubura.
Higawa. : Ŋdimura.
Atlas moth (world's largest moth). : Ayamihabiru.
guava. : Baŋsyiru.
banana. : 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.
Pour en savoir plus
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).