Writer: Brendan Nikola

I graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Renewable Energy Engineering and a minor in Art, Literature, and Philosophy. I studied abroad in Japan at Akita International University and Waseda University. I worked as an English teacher for a year, and did part time work as a native checker, lab assistant, and spent some time in a tuna shop. Now I'm a translator/engineer in Akita. I enjoy learning regional Japanese dialects, mystery novels, model building, visiting shrines and temples, and writing haiku.

Akita Dialect – The Language of a Deep Snowy North

For me, finding out about a second “hidden” language was like unearthing a hidden shrine in my backyard, and I spent many hours in old libraries and online trying to learn about Akita-ben, the Akita dialect. One thing I learned on my study was that the vocab of Akita is not unified: people use different words in the south and north, but the grammar has consistent traits.

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