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関西弁 Lesson 1: 6/21

ね ⇒ な

Right?, Okay?, Isn't it?



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    About ね ⇒ な

    As an alteration of the sentence ending particle , 関西弁(かんさいべん) uses . This performs in exactly the same way as , letting the listener know that a mutual thought is being conveyed. In English, this can be translated as 'right?', 'isn't it?', or 'don't you think?'.
    As is a sentence ending particle, it may be used at the end of almost any sentence that is seeking agreement from the listener.
    • 今日(きょう)(あつ)
      Don't you think it's hot today too?
    • あいつほんまあほ
      He really is an idiot, isn't he?
    In 関西弁(かんさいべん), な conveys a meaning closer to that of ね (in its seeking agreement form), in contrast to standard Japanese where similar usage would express the speaker's personal view/opinion, without necessarily looking for any agreement from the listener. The nuance that will be conveyed is understood mostly through tone of voice in 関西弁(かんさいべん).It should be noted that in both 関西弁(かんさいべん) and standard Japanese, な can also be used in the negative imperative form, to tell someone 'not to do (A)'.
    • あと200kmあるこのペースや2時間(じかん)かかる。 (Either a personal opinion, or seeking agreement depending on tone)
      There is at least 200km to go. At this rate, it is going to take us 2 more hours.
    • たか(くん)(うた)めっちゃうまい。 (Either a personal opinion, or seeking agreement depending on tone)
      Taka-kun, you are really good at singing, aren't you?
    In these two examples, each may seem exactly the same when written, but the form that has the same meaning as ね will have a longer, fairly flat pronunciation, without any rises or falls in pitch.
    As previously mentioned, in the Kansai region, is also used in the same (prohibitive) way as it is in standard Japanese. However, due to the (usual) strong emphasis of in this nuance, the difference is often clear.
    • ()! (Said in a calm, friendly manner)
      I'm leaving!
    • ()! (Said with a strong, authoritative voice)
      Don't go!


    • また明日(あした)

      I'll see you again tomorrow, okay?

    • 今日(きょう)(よる)電話(でんわ)する

      I will call you tonight, okay?

    • 一緒(いっしょ)映画(えいが)()(たの)しかったまた()よう

      It was nice that we were able to watch the movie together, right? Let's watch (a movie) again.

    • もう(くら)くなったから()()けて(かえ)って

      It has gotten dark out already, so get home safe, okay?

    • テスト合格(ごうかく)できた、よくがんばった

      You passed your test, eh. You did your best didnt you!

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