Speakin' Japanese: How ‘bout that weather, eh?

by Stripes Japan
Stripes Okinawa

As spring approach, the weather changes irregularly. Some days are cold and next day, it becomes very warm. The topic of weather is something in common for everyone and very useful to open conversation with people. Let’s talk about weather in Japanese.

“Ii tenki desune.“ = It is nice weather, isn’t it?
“Sugoku samui desune.“ = It is very cold, isn’t it?
“Kyou wa atatakai desu.“ = It is warm today.
“Ame ga futte imasu.“ = It is raining.
“Haru wa sugu soko desu.“ = Spring is just around the corner.
“Sakura ga tanoshimi desu.“ = I’m looking forward to the cherry blossom.

“Kahun sho” = Hay fever
“Kumori” = Cloudy
“Hadazamui” = Chilly
“Atsui” = Hot
“Suzushii” = Cool,
“Mushi mushi suru “= humid

Role play

Let’s practice with your friend or partner!

A: “Konnichiwa, kyo wa iitenki desune." = Hello, it’s nice weather today, isn’t it?
B: “Honto desune. Haru mitai desune." = Yes, it is true. It feels like a spring.
A: “Watashi wa Kahun sho ga tsurai desu." = I am suffering from hay fever.
B: “Kawaiso. Odaijini shite kudasai." = Sorry to hear that. Please take care of yourself.

Okinawan dialogue

“Ii uwahchichi yai binyah” = It is nice weather
“Achisai binyah” = It’s hot
“Hisai binyah” = It’s cold
“Hari” = Sunny
“Kumui” = Cloudy
“Kajihuchi” = Tyhoon
“Ami” = Rain
“Shidasan” = Cool

Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

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