By Rachael Dory
Today’s lesson is another exchange used in Tsugaru-ben, originally brought to my attention by the lovely Chris Simmons.
Here is the exchange, in standard Japanese:
A:どこに行くのさ？(Doko ni iku no sa? / Where are you going?)
B: 湯に行くのさ。 (Yu ni iku no sa. / I’m going to an onsen/take a bath.)
The phrase is a set exchange – if you ask どさ？ on the Tsugaru side, the person will automatically reply with ゆさ rather than another phrase, such as スーパー or some other location.