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Okinawan Dialects On Show at Festival

Date Posted: 2000-11-23

A festival showcasing the different dialects of the Okinawan islands has taken place in Yomitan. The Island Language Festival, at the Village Cultural Center, the tenth of its kind, has the aim of keeping alive the Okinawan islands’ different linguistic traditions.

Speakers at the festival talked humorously about their islands in their own dialects. The audience enjoyed the funny stories, realizing how different each dialect is from island to island. One of the audience said “Even though I could not understand some of the words, I could understand what they were talking about from their facial expression and gestures.”

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