Alright Aomori, I have been stepping up my Tsugaru-ben education this summer, and do I have some good words for you! For this week, with classes starting again and new ALTs stepping into classrooms for their first time, I feel this word is fitting:
Meaning “work hard” or “to do your best”, its equivalent is がんばる and conjugates much like its counterpart. So:
けっぱる => けっぱります [kepparimasu, meaning “I (will) do my best!”]
=> けっぱろう [kepparou, meaning “Let’s do our best!”]
=> けっぱれ [keppare, meaning “Do your best!”]
The students in Rokunohe got a kick hearing me say it to them during the wonderful time of speech contest practice, so try it out at your schools!
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