I bought this to try and understand some of the things that my girlfriend says when she gets angry and slips back into Osaka-ben. Now i'm only pretending when I tell her that I don't understand what she's saying!
It's a good book, easy to read, with plenty of content and example conversations to add context to everything you learn.
Libro interessante per chi si accinge a trascorrere molto tempo nella zona del Kansai e vorrebbe capire il significato di certe espressioni che fanno sorgere la domanda "Ma son parole giapponesi che non conosco o è semplicemente Kansai-ben?". E per la maggior parte delle volte, sì, è Kansai-ben. Ovviamente bisogna saper parlare Giapponese, non è un libro di grammatica Giapponese. (ovviamente bisogna comprendere bene anche l'inglese).
Very interesting; I'm an avid studier of Japanese, already having earned an online diploma on the subject. I have interest in dialects as well...
This gives a good description of Southern Japanese accent. It's not all about Tokyo dialect! They are stiff and silent in Tokyo, and more open and fun in Nagoya (south) for example, what I got out of the few pages I've read so far...
Also, I joke, if Andy Griffith were dubbed in Japanese :) , they'd use a Kansai dialect.
Great textbook! There needs to be more of these textbooks for all languages focusing on a regional dialogs.
When I lived in Japan, not only did this help me understand lots of comedy on TV (comedians tend to use kansai-ben), but also using this book allowed me to speak enough kansai-ben to at least make it looked like I had lived down south.
Since the intonation of the dialect is so different from standard Japanese, if there was a CD to go with the text, it would be perfect.
Maybe I expected too much from a book that was only ~$10 but it wasn't very clear on several very important topics in the book and too often resorted straight to simple conversations. Although this was a downfall, overall the book was a very enjoyable read, and was fairly informative. I hate the fact that it uses romanization, but since it always had the hiragana/kanji right below it, I will not complain too much :) overall a good book for intermediate Japanese students that want a very basic guide to speaking (and understanding) one of the more colorful dialects of Japan.
If you study Japanese and haven't come across Kansai-ben speaking people, then I would suggest reading this. This book is very well put together and well written, though there are a few typos. I wouldn't recommend this book to people who haven't studied Japanese before. If you are new to the Japanese language, purchase this book later, after you've learned Hyojungo.
I'm a college student about to study abroad in the Kansai area and I was looking for a book that would help me to better understand the local dialect. This book is very well laid out and clearly explains the differences between standard Japanese and Kansai dialect and how to use them. There are plenty of examples that help the reader along the way.
One of the simplest (and only) books on the Kansai dialect. I would highly recommend it for anyone who has even a passing interest in learning it - you'll see it on television in Japan, hear it all over, and it's something you'll need to know if you plan on living in any of the areas where it's spoken. It's very well done!