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Kansai-Ben: 18 Fun Kansai Dialect Phrases To Use When Visiting Osaka!

Of all Japan’s dialects, the Kansai dialect, or Kansai-ben, is most well-known and likely the one you’ll hear of most often. Spoken often within comedy TV shows, it is an interesting, casual and intimate-sounding dialect.

That said, even within Kansai-ben there are variations in words, sentence endings, and accents among the Kansai area of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. This article will introduce mainly Kansai-ben words and phrases you are likely to encounter on a trip to Kansai around town and at stores and restaurants.

Kansai-ben Phrases for Daily Conversation

あかん(akan)→ ɑːkɑːn
This word is used in the same way the words like “bad” or “don’t” are used in standard Japanese.
Usage Examples: “Sonna koto shitara akan yan” (You can’t do that), “Nande akan no?” (Why not?), “Kono mise akan wa” (This shop is no good)

This word is used with the same meaning as “ii”, meaning “good”, in standard Japanese.
Usage Examples: “Ee yo” (Okay/Sure), “Sono fuku ee yan” (Those are nice clothes), “Ano hito ee kanji ya ne” (That guy/girl seems nic)

おもろい(omoroi)→ oʊ.moʊ.ɾɔɪ
This word means the same thing as “omoshiroi”, or “interesting”, in standard Japanese.
Usage Examples: “Kono manga omoroi naa” (This manga is interesting), “Omoroi hito ya naa” (What an interesting/unique person)

ほんま(honma)→ hoʊn.mɑː
This word is used in the same way the words for “really” and “very” are used for emphasis in standard Japanese.
Usage Examples: “Honma honma” (Yeah/I agree/You’re right), “Honma ni oishii wa” (This is really delicious)

ちゃう(chau)→ tʃaʊ
This word means the same thing as “chigau” in standard Japanese, and in conversation it is often doubled.
Example Conversations: “Kore?” “Sore chau” (This? No, not that.), “Kore de ee?” “Chau chau” (Is this okay? No way, that’s all wrong.)

めっちゃ(meccha)→ metʃ. ɑː
This word is used to express emphasis of degree, size, etc.
Usage Examples: “Meccha oishii” (This is super delicious), “Meccha niau” (That looks really great on you), “Meccha ookii” (It’s so huge)

せや(seya)→ seɪ.jɑː
This is used the same way “Sou da”, or “Yes/That’s right” is used in standard Japanese. It is often used in conjuction with the sentence ending particle “~nen&quo…

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