Dialects : The Japanese language has many dialects.

▶ There are many dialects in Japan. We can tell where people are from by their dialects. Sometimes it is hard to understand a person with a strong dialect.

▶ The two major Japanese dialects you will hear on TV are the Kanto and Kansai dialects. The official Japanese used in the TV news is based on the Kanto dialect from the Tokyo region. Also, the Emperor speaks mostly in the official Japanese.

▶ The Kansai dialect is used in the areas of Osaka and Kyoto. The Kansai dialect is said to be funny and friendly.