Tsugaru dialect

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Tsugaru dialect
Aomori dialect
Prefectures of Japan Tsugaru.png
Tsugaru dialect area.
Native to Japan
Region Aomori
Japonic
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog tsug1237
IETF ja-u-sd-jp02

The Tsugaru dialect (津軽弁, Tsugaru-ben) is a Japanese dialect spoken in western Aomori Prefecture.

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The Tsugaru dialect is reputed to be so divergent from standard Japanese for those who are not native speakers, that even people living in the same prefecture may have trouble understanding it. In 1988, fans of the Tsugaru dialect proclaimed October 23 to be Tsugaru Dialect Day (津軽弁の日, Tsugaru-ben no hi). October 23 is the anniversary of the death of Kyōzō Takagi (ja:高木恭造), a famous poet who wrote in the Tsugaru dialect.

In Tsuruta, there is an annual summer Tsugaru-ben competition (津軽弁大会, Tsugaru-ben taikai) in which teams of foreigners create short skits or performances, usually humorous, using the dialect. In June 2009, a short segment featuring the competition was broadcast nationally on NHK.

Examples

The words are sometimes very different from those of standard Japanese.

Englishstandard JapaneseTsugaru dialect
Iwatashiwa
youanatana
cutekawaiimegoi
friendtomodachikeyagu
countrysideinakajago
butkeredodabatte
sameonajifutozu
verytotemotage/gappa
coldtsumetaishakkoi
warmatatakainuge
noisyurusaisashine
irritatingira-irasurukacha-kuchane
money(o-)kanejenko
foreheadhitai, (o-)dekonazugi
homeiee
cooked rice/mealgohanmama
to freeze (transitive verb)kooraserushimiragasu
to freeze (intransitive verb)koorushimiru
to eat (verb)taberu, kuu (colloquial)ku

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