Third Kansai-ben Lecture (2019-2020)

Today we had our third lecture on Kansai-ben! For the spring students, this was their second lecture.

Professor Miyuki Nishimata from the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies also led this lecture. First, a review from the last session.
What is “ikanai?” (Won’t you go?) in Kansai-ben?
In Kyoto, there’s a special way of saying locations.
Agaru, sagaru, higashiiru, nishiiru??
Can you find shops at Teramachi-dori Sanjo-agaru?

Are you able to guide people around Kyoto now, AKPers?

Setsubun Language Table

February 3 is Setsubun! Even at AKP, we held a Setsubun language table to celebrate.

Adriana from Bowdoin College (right) was kind enough to explain what Setsubun is in Japanese.
“Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” (Demons, out! Good fortune, in!)
Thank you to the students who volunteered to become demons!
“Kyaaa!” The demons ran away.
Then we ate ehoumaki. The lucky direction for eating ehoumaki this year is west-southwest.
I wonder what they all wished for. Until you finish eating, you can’t talk. “Mogu mogu mogu mogu (munch munch munch munch).”
Then it was time for normal language activities to begin.

Here is hoping that this year will be a good one.

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Kansai-ben Lecture for Spring 2020 AKPers

Today we held a Kansai-ben lecture for the Spring AKPers. Professor Miyuki Nishimata from the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies graciously came back to hold this lecture again.

“What do you imagine when you think of Kansai-ben?”
“Me” becomes “Mee.”
Everyone is listening intently.
Chau chau chau?
Maybe honorific language is easier in Kansai-ben than in standard Japanese language.
Let’s try to change standard Japanese into Kansai-ben. Can you do it?

The AKPers were endlessly curious and asked a lot of questions. Looking forward to the next Kansai-ben lecture. Be sure to try out Kansai-ben with your host families and conversation partners.