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大阪人について / people of Osaka

通訳ガイド国家試験2次対策用の想定問題集の中に

What is the difference between people who live in Tokyo and Osaka?

という問題がありました。

受験準備中に書きためた「2次対策用に自分で作った解答集」の中にあった文をベースに、少し長くして書き直してみました。

一般的な「大阪人」のイメージってこんな感じでしょうか?^^

T
okyo, located in the eastern part of Japan's main island, is the center of politics, economy and culture and is Japan's capital city.

On the other hand, Osaka, the center of western Japan, is one of the most important business cities in the country.

These two cities are often compared amusingly.
For example, what is the difference between people who live in Tokyo and Osaka?

It is generally said that people in Osaka are more impatient than in Tokyo and are always in a hurry.  Actually, people in Osaka do seem to walk faster than in Tokyo.  Some people from other areas are surprised to see Osaka people even walking on a moving sidewalk.

Other characteristics of people in Osaka are that they are said to be friendly, kind and great talkers.

Sometimes they, especially elderly women, seem to be even meddlesome or pushy to people from other areas, however, it may indicate that people in Osaka are always willing to help someone.

The big difference is the dialect.
Osaka dialect is unique and very different from standard Japanese.  However, many comedians speak it on TV, and almost all Japanese people understand it even though they cannot speak it.

If you'd like to make someone laugh in Osaka, try saying "Okini"(thank you).  This is strong Osaka dialect.  They will probably laugh because they certainly won't be expecting you to say it.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in Osaka!

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へぇ~、なるほど、そいういう問題が出るんですね。面白いです。
解答・・・勉強になります(^^)/

投稿: みっきー | 2010/02/27 16:37

>みっきーさん

これは比較的答えやすい問題でした。
「え?」みたいな珍問・奇問(?)も
けっこう多かったんです。

またいずれご紹介します^^

投稿: wisteria | 2010/02/27 19:58

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