By Rachael Dory
Welcome to the first edition of “Voracious Vernacular”!
In this column, I’ll be teaching you weird and interesting slang or phrases from around the Ken and beyond.
For this week, I’ve started off with the sometimes elusively incomprehensible Tsugaru-ben.
You’d be surprised, but these two hiragana letters represent a full conversation!
In standard Japanese it would be:
A: 食べませんか。(Would you eat [this]?)
B: はい、食べます。(Yes, I will eat.)
While this is old Tsugaru-ben not often used outside of the elderly population, if you find yourself on the Tsugaru side, go ahead and try it out!