Ryukyuan language spoken in the Yaeyama Islands
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Yaeyama (八重山物言 / ヤイマムニ, Yaimamuni) is spoken in the Yaeyama Islands, in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan. The language is closely related to Japanese.

DialectsEdit

There are significant dialectal differences between the islands and the following phrasebook is based on the dialect of Ishigaki, the largest and most populous island. See the separate Yonaguni phrasebook for the version spoken on Yonaguni.

A few examples:

Ishigaki Shiroyasu Yonaguni
"sea" tumoːrɨ inaga unnaga
"head" tsuburɨ amasukuru mimburu
"cloud" hwumu hwumoŋ mmu

Pronunciation guideEdit

"j" is pronounced like a "y" in English. Some syllables begin with a "ng", and this may be difficult for some English speakers. The triangular colon indicates a long vowel.

VowelsEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Common diphthongsEdit

PhraselistEdit

BasicsEdit

Good morning!
Sutumudi misharorunneːraː.
Hello/Good afternoon!
Misharorunneːraː.
Good evening!
Yoːnnarisuŋa.
Thanks!
Miːhaiyuː.
Welcome!
Oːritaboːri. (alternatively, oːritoːri)
Long time no see!
Miːduːhaːsoːnaː.
How are you doing?
Ganzhuː yarorunsaː?
How are you feeling?
Misharorunneːraː?
I'm sorry.
Gurishimihoːryaːyoː.
Be careful.
Kiːshikitaboːri.
Really?
Aŋzhiː?
Do you have any?
Aruroːruŋ?
Which one is good?
Zwuridumasu?
Yes.
Oː.
No.
Aːyi.
Hot
Attsanu
Cold
Piːshanu
Tasty
Umahaŋ
Hungry
Yaːsanu
I'm full
Badaŋtyita
Bad
Naranu
Tired
Nihwutaːhaːnu
Nice weather today, isn't it!
Kyuːya iyi oːsuku yunna!
Bad weather today, isn't it...
Kyuːya yana oːsuku yunna!
Hot day today, isn't it.
Kyuːya attsaː soːraː.
It's my first trip to Yaeyama
Yayimaŋe hazhimyityi kwitayuː.
I've been to Yaeyama a few times before
Yayimaŋe ikumusuŋ kyiurun'yuː.
I've been busy with work...
Shigutunu haŋtahaːnu.


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