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What language do Okinawans speak?

What language do Okinawans speak?

Okinawan Japanese
Today, most Okinawans speak Okinawan Japanese, although a number of people still speak the Okinawan language, most often the elderly….Okinawan language.

Region Southern Okinawa Islands
Native speakers 980,000 (2000)
Language family Japonic Ryukyuan Northern Ryukyuan Okinawan
Writing system Japanese Okinawan Rōmaji

How do you say hello in Okinawan?

Sample words

  1. Mensooree (めんそーれー) – Welcome, Hello (when receiving)
  2. Hai (はい) – Hello (gender neutral)
  3. Haisai (はいさい) – Hello (male only)
  4. Haitai (はいたい) – Hello (female only)
  5. Ganjyuu (がんじゅー) – Fine health (in greeting)
  6. Uchinaaguchi (沖縄口/うちなーぐち) – Okinawan language.
  7. Uchinaanchu (沖縄人/うちなーんちゅ) – Okinawan person.

How do you say goodnight in Okinawan?


  1. Hello. Haisai / Haitai. ほいさい / ほいたい
  2. Good Day. Chuu Wuganabira. ちゅーをぅがなびら
  3. Good Night. Uyukuimi Soori. うゆくいみそおり
  4. Goodbye. Guburii Sabira. ぐぶりーさびら
  5. Sorry. Wassaibiin. わっさいびーん
  6. Yes. Uu. うう
  7. No. Wuuwuu. をぅうをぅう
  8. How are you? Hajimiti wuganabira. はじめてぃ をぅがなびら

How do you say thank you in Uchinaaguchi?

Sure, you can say “thank you” or “arigatou” (ありがとう). But in Okinawan language, it’s “niffee debiru” (御拝でーびーる). It’s how you show appreciation to someone. Sometimes, they phrase is followed by “ippee”.

Are Okinawans Chinese?

The native Okinawans, densely populating the Ryukyus, are a mixture of Ainu, Malayan, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese stock. Okinawa itself has a population of approximately 450,000, mostly ethnic Okinawans and concentrated in the southern half of the island. For many centuries the islands were under Chinese domination.

How do you say love in Okinawan?

But in the tropical islands of Okinawa (沖縄), the most common is deeji suki saa (でーじ好きさぁ). As you can see, although there are some differences between these examples, they all use suki. So you should not worry when you want to say, “I love you.” If you use suki desu, any Japanese person will understand you.

How do you say I miss you in Okinawan?

会いたい (aitai) is probably the most common way that “I miss you” gets translated into Japanese.

Is Okinawa Tourist friendly?

Okinawa has beautiful beaches, great weather and friendly people! The culture is very distinct from what you’ll find on the main islands of Japan, so it’s definitely worth a visit!

What kind of documents can I translate into Okinawa?

Our Okinawan translation team has many experienced document translators who specialize in translating many different types of documents including birth and death certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees, diplomas and transcripts, and any other Okinawan document you may need translated.

What kind of language is the Okinawan language?

Okinawan is a Ryukyuan language spoken in Japan on the southern island of Okinawa, as well as the surrounding islands of Kerama, Kume-jima, Tonaki, Aguni, and a number of smaller islands located to the east of the main island of Okinawa.

What does the word younger mean in Okinawa?

( Noun, suffix) Younger, young ones, juniors; younger sibling (brother or sister) ( Noun) A distilled alcoholic beverage made from rice, aged for at least three years. ( Noun) Neighbour, neighbor, next-door neighbour, neighbouring house; nearby, adjacent, next to

What does the word reverse mean in Okinawa?

( Noun) Reverse side, opposite side, back, rear, behind, bottom, underside; opposite, reverse, contrary; toilet, bathroom, lavatory, restroom ( Noun) Conch shell, trumpet shell; Triton’s trumpet, giant trumpet (Charonia tritonis) ( Particle) Indicates the location of something, someone; denotes the location or destination of an action