This website teach you how modern Fukui people speak in Fukui dialect, Fukui-ben! You can be local people in Fukui from today, Yatta~!

English Japanese

Fukui-ben is the dialect in Fukui prefecture(Fukui-ken), especially spoken in northern part like Fukui, Takefu and Sabae. The accent is totally different from standard Japanese, I can say there is no accent sometimes, funny accent sometimes. But some words are similar to Kansai-ben.(Around Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.)
It's because Fukui-ken has long shape, it's even located next to Kyoto, even though many people doesn't know about the fact. So various language came from west-side(Kansai) and east-side(Tokyo) after Meiji-era, then happened mixture, we guess. Actually, there are a lot of accent in Fukui-ken, it's like dialect chaos though, I teach you presentative Fukui-ben that modern Fukui people uses!

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Standard Ja.そうそう[So-so]
"Yes yes" or "Right right"
This is the easiest one. It's ok if you say just 1 "Hoya". But most of the time, we say 2 times.

Standard Ja.そうなんだよ[So-nandayo]
Fukui-benほやって[Hoyatte] ほうなんやって[Ho-nanyatte]
"Yes, it is."
Fukui-ben's point is "Ho" on first.

Standard Ja.そうだね[So-dane]
"Yes, you are right."
It's easy, right?


Standard Ja.ねぇねぇ[Nae-nae]
You can ask something or make attention to someone.


Standard Ja.すごく[Sugoku]
Fukui-benひって・ひっで・ひってもんに・ちっかっぺ[Hitte / Hidde/Hittemonni / Chikkappe]
DifferenceHitte = Hidde ≠ Chikkappe < Hittemonni
"Chikkappe" used by kids.
Example - "I was very angry!"
Standard Ja.すごく腹が立ったよ![Sugoku hara ga tattayo!]
Fukui-benひってもんに腹立ったって![Hittemonni hara tattatte!]


Standard Ja.でも・しかし[Demo/Shikasi]
Fukui-benほやけどぉ~[Hoyakedo~] ほやけどの[Hoyakedono]
If you add "no" at the end of Fukui-ben, sounds like a local!

Do it

Standard Ja.しなさい[Shinasai]
This is totally Fukui-ben. But the standard Japanese means "You die", so it's a dangerous phrase outside of Fukui.
Example - "Do it quickly!"
Standard Ja.はやくしなさいよ[Hayaku shinasaiyo]
Fukui-benはよしねや[Hayo shineya]


Standard Ja.そうかな?[So-kana]
"Is it?"
The point of Fukui-ben is still "Ho" on first.

Standard Ja.そうだったかな?[Sou-dattakana]
Fukui-ben uses "ke" at the end if it's asking something.

Let's ~

Standard Ja.~しようよ・~やろうよ[~ shiyo-yo/~ yaro-yo]
Fukui-ben~しよっせ(っさ)・~やろっせ(っさ)[~ shiyosse/ssa / ~ yarosse/ssa]
If you ask something to do together, Fukui-ben use "~sse" at the end. "~sse" is cool and young people uses. "~ssa" is old and slow people uses.
Example - "Let's go to play"
Standard Ja.遊びに行こうよ[Asobini iko-yo]
Fukui-ben遊びに行こっせ[Asobini ikosse]


Standard Ja.砂あらし[Suna-arashi]
TV fuzz"TV fuzz" We can't see TV fuzz these days, but there were just 4 channel in Fukui, so when we turned the channels, we watched TV fuzz many times.
Example - "Oh, TV turned to TV fuzz."
Standard Ja.あ、テレビが終った[A, Telebi ga owatta]
Fukui-benあ、テレビがじゃみじゃみになった[A, Telebi ga jamijami ni natta]

Standard Ja.怠け者[Namakemono]
Fukui-benだわ[Dawa] だわもん[Dawamon]
だわもん"Lazy person"
母: 「ちょっとそこの新聞とってや」[Chotto Sokono Shinbun totteya]
Mom : "Pass me the news paper"
娘: 「えー、めんどくさい~」[E~, Mendokusai~]
Kid : "That's a bother"
母: 「あんたほんっとにだわもんやなぁ!」[Anta hontto ni dawamon yana!]
Mom : "You are really lazy person!"

Standard Ja.うすら汚れ[Usura Yogore]
うそうそ"Slightly dirty"
この服、もう洗わなうそうそんなってるよ~。[Kono fuku, mouo arawana Usouso'nn natteruyo~]

Standard Ja.正座[Seiza]
"Sitting Japanese style, with your legs folded under you"
We use this word for kids, or kids uses this word.

Standard Ja.口内炎[Ko-naien]
"Stomatitis" or "Canker sore"
Actually, "Kaze" means "(had a) cold" and "Netstu" means "Fever" in standard Japanese though, there is no connection between Standard Japanese and Fukui-ben.

Whaaaat? or No way~

Standard Ja.???
When we faced to something annoy or bother, we use this word.
Example - "Whaaaat? Serious?"
Standard Ja.えー、マジ?[E~, Maji?]
Fukui-benおぇ~、マジきゃ?[Oe~, Majikya?]


Standard Ja.いない[Inai]
"No one here"
"In" is used around Old Echizen-cho and Old Nanjo-cho.
友1: 「まりちゃんいるー?」[Mari-chan iru~?]
Friend1: "Is Mari here?"
友2: 「えんよ」[En yo]
Friend2: "No, she is not"

Standard Ja.倒す[Taosu]
"Knock over"
"I did ~", we say "~ shitemota" or "~ shitemotageno" in Fukui-ben. But if someone use "geno" on the end, sounds like a old woman.
Example - "Oh, I knocked over a bike"
Standard Ja.あ、自転車倒しちゃった[A, jitensha taoshichatta]
Fukui-benあ、自転車かやしてもた(げの)[A, jitensha kayashite motageno]

Standard Ja.---
Fukui-benがぼる[Gaboru] ごぼる[Goboru]
"Foot fall into snow"
Fukui has a lot of snow in winter, so this word is just for snow area.
子供1: まりちゃん、雪山に上ると危ないよ~[Mari-chan, yukiyama ni noboruto abunaiyo~]
Kid1: Hey Mari, it's dangerous if you on snow bank!
子供2: 大丈夫だってば~・・・ズボッ![Daijoubu datteba~...Zubotto!]
Kid2: I'm OK~....oh no!!
子供2: うわぁ~! がぼってもたぁ![Uwa~! Gabottemota~!]
Kid2: Wow~!! My foot fell into snow!!

Standard Ja.古い、壊れかけている、使えそうにない[Furui]
Fukui-benおぞい[Ozoi] おぜぇー[Ozee]
おぜぇ"Old" or "Useless"
Example - "What is this so old radio-cassette recorder?"
なに、このひっておっぜぇ~ラジカセ?[Nani, kono hitte ozee rajikase?]

Standard Ja.何気に・いつのまに[Nanigeni/Itsunomani]
We use this phrase with something funny feeling. It's like "How did you do it secretly?(LOL)".
子供1: テスト何点やった?[Tesuto nanten yatta?]
Kid1: What was your exam score?
子供2: ん?・・・96点[N? ...96ten]
Kid2: Ah? ....96point.
子供1: なにしなぁ~っといい点取ってるんやって。[Nani shina~tto iiten totterunn yatte]
Kid1: You took such a good score secretly, man.

Standard Ja.塩辛い[Shiokarai]
We use this word for salty foods when it had too much salt or soy sauce.

Standard Ja.おもしろい[Omoshiroi]
"Funny" or "Interesting"
We extend this phrase at the end, it's important.

Standard Ja.ギリギリまで[Girigiri made]
Fukui-benつるつるいっぱい[Tsurutsuru ippai]
"When liquid like a water is almost full in a cup"
Almost every Fukui-people thinks this word is standard Japanese, so when local people went to outside of Fukui, they will know it was just our dialect..!
おばちゃ~ん、このコップに水をつるつるいっぱい入れとっけの~。[Obacha~n, kono koppuni mizuwo tsurutsuru ippai iretokkeno~]


Standard Ja.---
"Cheeky" or something not good feeling to person
Example - "He is such a cheeky."
Standard Ja.あいつすごく嫌な奴だよね[Aitsu sugoku iyanayatu dayone]
Fukui-benあいつひってちょっれぇ~んじゃ[Aitsu hitte chorree nja]

Standard Ja.---
Fukui-benのくてえ[Nokutee] のくとい[Nokutoi]
"Jackass" or something someone did stupid thing.
Example - "I'm sure he is jackass."
Standard Ja.あいつ、頭がアレなんじゃないの[Aitsu, atamaga are nanjanaino?]
Fukui-benあいつ、頭がのくてぇんじゃねぇの?[Aitsu, atamaga nokutee'nn janeeno?]
It's very similar to "Choree~", but real Fukui kids use these words correctly.

Finished Fukui Dialect Course!

You finished the course, so from now on you can be fake local Fukui people!! XD Well then, we spread Fukui-ben over the world!!
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