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まいど！(Maido! = Hi!) , おおきに！(Okini! = Thank you!)…
These are examples of Kansai dialect, spoken in the Kansai region (central-west area of Japan comprising Osaka and surrounding prefectures). It is one of the most well-known and unique dialects in Japan.
Let’s try speaking Kansai dialect! It is fun to learn and may useful for your future trip to Kansai area.
In this session, you will learn some characteristics of Kansai dialect and useful expressions. You will learn the intonation, commonly used phrases and even grammatical rules!
A native Kansai dialect instructor from the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai will teach you authentic Kansai dialect, and you will practice conversation with native Japanese speaking volunteers!
Japanese proficiency level:
• JLPT N4 level and above (JLPT level: https://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/levelsummary.html)
• Able to understand “the plain form (such as -suru, -iru etc.)”
The instruction will be given in Japanese only, however; some explanation in the PowerPoint will be written in English.
The workshop is limited to 30 participants (18 years and older)
Participants will be asked to have their camera video enabled for the duration of the workshop.
*The content of this workshop is similar to the one we held on February 16, 2022.
**This workshop is not for Japanese native speakers; however, they can attend as a volunteer helper: Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
She was born and raised in Osaka and is a native speaker of Kansai dialect. After working for private companies in Osaka for 10 years, she became a Japanese language instructor and taught at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University followed by Waseda University. Currently, she works at the Japanese-language Institute, Kansai, as a Japanese language specialist.
Japanese-language Institute, Kansai is an affiliated organization of the Japan Foundation and is located in Tajiri-cho, Osaka Prefecture. The institute provides special Japanese-language training to people who require Japanese language for their specific duty or the purpose of research and also Japanese-learners' training in Japan to encourage Japanese-language learners overseas.