Speakin' Japanese: Life's a beach

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Speakin' Japanese: Life's a beach

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: July 21, 2015

When rainy season is over, people flock to the beach to soak up the sun, swim and BBQ with family and friends. And go early because the beaches are really packed. Here’s some beach lingo to help you enjoy your time on the sandy shores of Japan.

“Umi” = Ocean (Umi also sometime means beach)  
“Umi no ie” = temporary beachside shack (showers, bathrooms, concessions)
“Shawaa wo abiru” = take a shower
“Kaisuiyokujo” = swimming area
“Ninki ga aru” = popular
“Oyogu” = swim
“Konderu” = crowded
“Ukiwa” = inner tube
“Nami” = wave
“suna” = sand
“Tsumetai mono” = something cold
“Mizugi” = bathing suit, “mizu” = water
“Fukai” = deep
 “Hiyake” = sunburn

PHRASES
“Umi ni iki masho.” = Let’s go to a beach.
“Kono kaisuiyokujo wa ninki ga arimasu.” = This beach is popular.
“Mizugi ni kigae masho.” = Lets change into our bathing suits.
“Oyoge masuka?” = Can you swim?
“Oyoge masen.” = I can’t swim.
“Ukiwa wo tsukai masho.” = Let’s use an inner tube.
“Fukai tokoro ni ikanaide kudasai.” = Don’t go out too deep.
“Umi ga kirei desu ne?” = The water is clear, isn’t it?
“Mizu ga tsumetai desu.” = The water is cold.
“Kokode baabekyuu ga deki masuka?” = Can we BBQ here?
“Konde masu ne?” = It is crowded, isn’t it?
“Tsumetai mono wo katte kimasho ka?” = Shall I go buy something cold?
“Sorosoro kaeri masho.” = It’s time to head back home.
“Umi no ie de shawaa wo abi masho.” = Let’s take a shower at the beach shack.
“Hiyake shimashita ne?” = You got sunburned, didn’t you?
“Tanoshikatta desu ne?” = That was fun, wasn’t it?

WHEN ON OKINAWA –
You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:
“Uminkai ichun doo.”  = Let’s go to a beach.
“Uyugi naran doo.”  = I can’t swim.
“Umusatan.” = I enjoyed it.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com
 

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