The Osaka dialect resembles that of Kyoto and Kobe but with a characteristically fast pace and tempo that seems like the speaker is firing a round of quick questions. We present you some Osaka Japanese that you can really use.
Meccha means “a lot / very” and is used for emphasis. Meccha suki “I like it a lot”, meccha yoi “it’s great”, meccha kakkoi “it’s very cool”, maccha niau “it suits you very well”, meccha oishi “it’s very tasty” … you can use “meccha” for many situations.
- Nande Ya Nen
This expression is used to reply to someone who just made a joke or silly comment. If the person who attends you at the bar hands you the bill saying “Thank you, that’s 7 million yen”, you can reply with “Nande ya nen!”
It means “Can you lower the price a bit?” People in Osaka live for discounts so haggling has long been part of their culture.
Of course you can do this in malls or supermarkets, but you can do this in electronics stores and small stores, so remember this phrase if you want to pay for less than what the labels say.
It is like a “go out, see you”, when you say goodbye to someone in Osaka, do it using “hona” or “hona, sainara”.
“Thank you”. You will frequently hear this phrase when store clerks fire their customers.
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