Speakin' Japanese: Typhoon talk

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Speakin' Japanese: Typhoon talk

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: August 29, 2016

September is Typhoon season throughout Japan. While taking every precaution to be safe and prepared, try using the following words and phrases.

“Taifuu wa koko ni kimasu ka?” = Will the typhoon come here?
(“taifuu” = typhoon; “koko” = here; “kimasu” = will come)

“Itsu kimasuka?” = When will it come?
(“itsu” = when) 

“Kaze ga tsuyoku natte kimashita ne?” = The wind is getting stronger, isn’t it?
(“kaze” = wind; “tsuyoku” = strong)

“Doshaburi desu.” = It is raining cats and dogs.
(“doshaburi” = raining cats and dogs)

“Densha wa mada ugoite imasu ka?” = Are the trains still running?
(“densha” = train; “mada” = still; “ugoite” = moving)

“Densha ga tomari mashita.” = The trains have stopped.
(“tomari” = stop)

“Dooro wa mada toore masu ka?” = Can I still travel on the roads?
(“dooro” = road; “toore” = travel on)

“Zubunure desu.” = I am dripping wet.
(“zubunure” = dripping wet)

“Okunai ni ita hoo ga ii desu.” = It might be better to stay indoors.
(“okunai” = indoors; “ita” = stay; “hoo ga ii” = it might be better to  

“Hayaku kaetta hoo ga iidesu.” = You better hurry home.
(“hayaku” = hury; “kaetta” = go home)

“Kasa ga koware mashita.” = My umbrella broke.
(“kasa” = umbrella; “koware” = broke)

“Kiwo tsukete kudasai.” = Be careful, please.

“Terebi de taifuu jooho wo mimashoo.” = Let’s look at the typhoon information on TV.
(“terebi” = TV; “jooho” = information; “mimashoo” = let’s look at)

WHEN ON OKINAWA –

You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“Taifuu ya kumankai chuugayaa?” = Will the typhoon come here?

“Gaji chuuku natoon-yaa.” = The wind is getting stronger.

“Ufuami yan-yaa.” = It is raining cats and dogs.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com
 

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