Kansai Dialect

Unit Objectives

TIME:  4 weeks

Students will learn about Kansai Dialect by using online resources, and by getting information, examples and help from their Virtual Exchange Partners—Kyoto, where Ritsumeikan High School is located, being in the Kansai Region.
In groups, students will take on the task of learning about, and being “experts” in, an aspect of Kansai Dialect, e.g., verb conjugation patterns, high frequency words or expressions that are different from Standard Japanese, the copula, sentence ending or conjunctive patterns, an so on.
These groups will then teach their classmates what they have learned about Kansai Dialect. They will do this in the following ways: 1) by giving a classroom presentation of what they have learned, 2) by creating written explanations (handouts) of what they have learned, and 3) by grading or assessing their classmates’ work, giving them helpful feedback.
Finally, students will work in groups to make a video/skit in which they will use as much Kansai dialect as they can.

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • recognize Kansai dialect.
  • comprehend basic, simple conversation or speech in Kansai dialect.
  • use basic, high frequency Kansai dialect words and phrases.
  • engage in simple conversations in Kansai dialect.

By the end of this unit, you will have learned:

  • vocabulary and expressions that are unique to Kansai dialect.
  • some general ways in which Kansai dialect is distinct from standard Japanese—or, more generally, how dialects can vary from what is thought to be the standard form of a language.
  • Kansai dialect pitch accent patterns and aspects of pronunciaiton that are distinct from standard Japanese.
  • Kansai dialect verb conjugations that are distinct from standard Japanese.
  • Kansai dialect sentence ending patterns.
  • about the exisitence of dialects in Japan, and perhaps giving some thought to dialects in American and other countries.
  • more about standard Japanese through observing and learning about the differences between it and Kansai dialect.