Speakin' Japanese: Bunny banter

by Shoji Kudaka and Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

This year, why not get off base celebrate Easter with the locals? Even a simple egg hunt with the family or taking in a local musical performance with a friend off base could make this a special Sunday. The following words and phrases will help you when you celebrate outside the gate.

“Katorikku no kyokai wa doko ni arimasu ka?” = Where is a Catholic church?
(“katorikku” = Catholic, “ruuteru kyokai” = Lutheran Church, “seikookai” = Episcopal Church, “seikyokai” = Orthodox, “kyokai” = church, “doko” = where, “arimasu ka?” = Where is?)

“Seishukan no yotei ga shiritai no desu ga.” = I want to know the schedule of the Holy Week.
 (“Seishukan” = Holy Week, “yotei” = schedule, “shiritai” = want to know)

“Fukkatsusai no reihai wa nanji kara desu ka?” = What time will Easter service begin?
(“Fukkatsusai” = Easter, “reihai” = service, “misa” = Mass, “nanji” = what time)

“Gofukkatsu omedeto gozaimasu!” = Happy Easter!
(“gofukkatsu” = resurrection, “omedeto gozaimasu” = congratulations)

“Kodomotachi ga Iisutaa eggu wo tsukuri mashita.” = Children made the Easter eggs.
(“kodomotachi” = children, “iisutaa eggu” = Easter eggs, “tsukuri mashita” = made)

“Kirei desu ne!” = They are beautiful!
(“kirei” = beautiful)

“Ohitotsu doozo.” = Pick up (take) one, please.
(“ohitotsu” = one, “doozo” = please)

“Arigatoo gozaimasu.” = Thank you very much.

“Moohitotsu kudasai.” = Give me one more.
(“moohitotsu” = one more)

“Konoato paatii ga arimasu.” = We’ll have a party after this.
(“konoato” = after this, “paatii” = party, “arimasu” = there is)

“Eggu hanto wo shimasho.” = Let’s do an egg hunt.
(“shishoku” = free sampling)

“Tamogo wa mitsukarimashita ka?” = Did you find eggs?
(“tamago” = eggs, “mitsukarimashita” = found)

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

“Kunu Kuuga Churasanyaa.” = This egg is beautiful.
(“Kuuga” = eggs)

“Chaa yataga egg hanto ya?” = How did the Egg hunt go?

“Egg Hanto ya wiirikisan.” = An Egg hunt is fun.
(“Wiirikisan” = fun)

“Egg Hnato ya Katorikku no kyokai nkai ichabi yondee.” = “I am going to go to a Catholic church for egg hunt.”

“Tanushindi kooyooyaa.” = “Have fun!”

kudaka.shoji@stripes.com

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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