Language Lesson

Uki Uki mini 2

Q1 from NaturalTwentyGames: How to say, “Hey, what’s up?”

Here are some examples.
(Yo, genki?)
(Dou, saikin?) or just (Dou?)
(Genki shiteru?)

Q2 from Sissou: When to write numbers using Kanji

Generally speaking, people in Japan write numbers just like people in the western culture do (123…). But if you're writing in a more traditional Japanese style, numbers may be written in Kanji, e.g. idioms like (isseki nichou) and (hyappatsu hyakuchuu), as well as vertical writing. (Gogatsu juuyokka. Kyou wa ichinichijuu ame datta.) “May 14th. It rained all day.”

Q3 from Zaru-7t-10: Do people with different dialects understand each other?

There are so many different dialects spoken throughout Japan. You learn the “standard” Japanese in class, and it’s the variety spoken in the Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. But almost everywhere else, people speak their own dialect, as well as the standard Japanese so we can still understand each other regardless of where they're from.

An example of a dialect difference:
standard “thank you” : (Arigatou gozaimasu)
Kansai dialect (used in Osaka, Kyoto, etc.): (Ookini)

Some phrases are more similar.
Casual "What, is that true?" : (Ee, sore, honto?)
Kansai dialect: (Ee, sore, honma?)

Q4 from G.Lopapeysa: Reaction words to use in a conversation

Response words, called (aizuchi), are introduced in Lesson 7 and 8 Uki Uki videos:
Lesson 7:
Lesson 8:

Here are some short ones.
When impressed: (hee)
When greatly impressed: (oo)
When amuzed: (fuun)
When jealous: (iinaa) or politely: (ii desune)

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