As you know, our school is located in Fukuoka City, on the island of Kyushu, in Southern Japan. The local people speak a dialect of Japanese called Hakata-ben, Hakata being the name of the other town that Fukuoka combined with to become the place we know and love. Hakata-ben is quite famous throughout Japan, and people often say it has a ‘cute’ sound. As we’re quite far from Tokyo, Hakata-ben has some big differences from standard Japanese, and we’ll be going into some of those differences in the coming weeks. Needless to say, a foreigner who can speak Japanese with a Hakata-ben accent is a thing of wonder. Practice up on the phrases we introduce before you come to Fukuoka and you’ll make friends in no time!
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