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Do you know Top 5 Dialects of Japanese Language?

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Japanese a language spoken by 125 million people has many dialects (15+) and many of the dialects from the peripheral regions are incomprehensive to speakers from different parts of the country. People staying in isolated islands and mountain villages speak different dialects which have been derived from Old Japanese. Some of the main Dialects are:

  1. Hakata Ben

Hakata Ben is a Japanese dialect spoken in Fukuoka city. This dialect has spread throughout the city and its suburbs nearby. As it is spoken by them so it is also called as Fukuoka Ben dialect. It is spoken in the central district and is also used in television interviews in Fukuoka. This dialect is similar to Hichiku dialects like Saga dialect and Kumamoto dialect. They use to or to as a question.

  1. Osaka-Ben

This dialect is also called as Kansai dialect which is spoken in Kinki region of Japan. The dialects of Osaka and Kyoto are also called Kamigata dialect. As Osaka is the largest city in the region, the speakers gained a lot of exposure in such a way that even the non-Kansai speaker tried to associate the dialect of Osaka with the entire Kansai region. It has been characterised as a more melodic and harsher version of the Standard Japanese.  These speakers usually omit the particles.

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  1. Hiroshima Ben

It is also known as Chugoku dialect which is spoken widely in the northwestern Kansai region. Although Kansai dialect uses copula ya, but Chugoku uses ja or da in their words. They also use yoru in the progressive aspect and –toru or –choru in the perfect tense. This has been the most recognisable Japanese dialect. This language is also been used in movies like The Yakuza.

  1. Kyoto Ben

Kyoto Ben dialect is another Japanese dialect which has a rich ancestry. It is seen as the most royal yet polite and relaxed among all the dialects in Kansai region. It has a nonchalant flow and has an easy cadence that gives a very relaxed feeling. Instead of using the precedent te-form, the ta-form is been used. It has its connections with Geisha culture and is considered as feminine and elegant.

  1. Nagoya Ben

This dialect is widely spoken in Nagoya of the Aichi Prefecture. This means that the dialect in the western half of the prefecture is also called as Owari dialect whereas in the eastern half it is a different dialect called as Mikawa dialect. It is, therefore, a mix of the eastern and western Japanese dialects due to its geographical position in Nagoya. The accent is close to the Tokyo language. These translation services in Mumbai provide the quality translation of various dialects of Japanese.

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