Speakin' Japanese: Weathering the words


Speakin' Japanese: Weathering the words

by: Shoji Kudaka and Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: May 17, 2016

How ‘bout that weather, eh? As we’re in May and as summer approaches, the weather changes irregularly. One days it is beautiful, and then the very next day strong winds bring heavy rains. Rainy season is upon those on Okinawa and it’s on it way for mainland Japan. And don’t forget typhoon season is fast approaching. Yes, weather is on the mind of many this time of year, so if you want strike up a conversation with some locals, aim high and look toward the sky.

“Ame ga futte imasu.“ = It is raining.
(“ame” = rain, “futte imasu” = is falling)

“Mushi masu ne.”= It is hot and humid.(“mushi” = hot and humid)

“Moosugu Tsuyu desu.” = Rainy season is coming soon.
(“moosugu” = soon, “Tsuyu” = rainy season)

“Kaze ga tsuyoi desune?” = It’s windy, isn’t it?
(“kaze” = wind, “tsuyoi” = strong, “desune?” = isn’t it?)

“Kasa wo motte itta hoo ga ii desu yo.” = You better take your umbrella.
(“kasa” = Umbrella, “motte” = take, “hoo ga ii” = you had better)

“Kasa wo densha ni okiwasure mashita.” = I forgot my umbrella on the train.
(“densha” = train, “okiwasure” = left behind)

“Suberiyasui node ki-o-tsukete.” = It is slippery, please watch your step.
(“suberiyasui” = Slippery, “ki-o-tsukete” = watch/take care of)

“Zubunure ni nari mashita.” = I am dripping wet from the rain.
(“zubunure” = dripping wet, “nari mashita” = has become)

“Tenkiyohoo dewa ashita ame desutte.” = The weather report said it will rain tomorrow.
(“tenkiyohoo” = weather report, “ashita” = tomorrow, “dessutte” = said that)

“Tenkiyohoo ga atari mashita.” = The weather report was on the mark.
(“atari” = on the mark, “hazure” = off the mark)

“Ashita tenki ni naare.” = Hope the weather is nice tomorrow.
(“ashita” = tomorrow, “(ii) tenki” = good weather, “naare” = wish to be)

When on OKINAWA, you can also say it in “Uchinaanguchi” (island dialect) like this:

 “Suuman boosuu yaibiin” = It is rainy season.
(“suuman boosu” = rainy season)

“Ami ya shiwa neeran” = No need to worry about the rain.
(“Ami” = rain, “shiwa” = worry)

”Chuuya kumui yaibiin” = It is cloudy today.
(“kumui” = cloudy)

“Yana uwaachichi deebiru” = The weather is bad.
(“yana”=bad, “uwaachichi” = weather)

“Katabui soondee” = We have a rain shower.
(“Katabui” = rain shower)