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Japanese Roommate Rivalry Part 1 - Give Me a Break!
By:Peter Galante

Yasu and Momo, everybody's favorite bickering roommates, are going strong. But, it's not all idle chat. They'll teach you how to say some incredibly versatile conversational phrases using the Okayama dialect. Here are a few examples of the phrases you'll learn: "Give me a break," "Don't be silly," and "What are you talking about?" You'll also discover how to express your emotions when you are feeling especially annoyed.

We've packed this Japanese culture article with all sorts of phrases that'll show you how to speak in the Okayama dialect. Each word and phrase parallels standard Japanese, so you'll be able to use either form confidently. For example, you'll find the words "sick" and "yuck" translated into standard Japanese as kimochi warui, and as kimochi warii in the Okayama dialect. That's just a single sample. This incredible Japanese article has tons of words and phrases you'll be glad to know!

Vocabulary: In this article, you'll learn the following words and phrases:

uragoe - "falsetto"

Grammar: In this article, you'll learn the following words and phrases:

Grammar point -1

Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / "English"
chibakena / fuzakeruna / "give me a break", "don't be silly"
Chibakeru corresponds to fuzakeru ("to goof around") in standard Japanese. Na is the imperative form for negative sentences. It literally means, "don't be silly" or "don't joke." In English, the closest translation is, "give me a break." Chibakena is widely used as "give me a break."

Okayama Dialect: Nani? Mata hyakuman-en kashitekure da to? Chibakena!

Standard Japanese: Nani? Mata haykuman-en kashitekure da to? Fuzakeruna!

"English": "What?! You want me to lend you another one million yen? Give me a break!"
Grammar point -2

Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / "English"
kigawarii / mukatsuku / "something annoying" (very strong expression), "You bastard."
This phrase is stronger than chibakena. Ki means kimochi ("feeling"). Warii corresponds with warui ("bad ") in standard Japanese. When something annoys or upsets you, you say this word to the target thing or person.


Okayama Dialect: Ano ueitaa, yonda noni,konai. Kigawarii waa.
Standard Japanese: Ano ueitaa, yonda noni, konai. Mukatsuku.
"English": "That waiter has been ignoring us even though I called him. It's so annoying."


Okayama Dialect / Standard Japanese / "English"
shiran / shiranai / "don't know"
koote / katte / "to buy" (te-form)

nee / nai / "not"
chibakena / fuzakeruna / "give me a break, don't be silly"
anta / anata / "you"
kigawarii / mukatsuku / "annoying, irritating"
yoo / yoku / "how dare"

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