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Grammar detail: colloquial variations of Japanese

colloquial variations of Japanese
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In daily use, many Japanese constructions are contracted or simplified, especially in the spoken language. For example:
てしまう ➜ ちゃう
さいこう
最高
わら
っちゃう

That's great! That makes me laugh.
〜ている ➜ 〜てる (colloquial progressive)
かのじょ
彼女
たいへん
大変
よく
ははおや
母親
てます

She reminds me very much of her mother.
ている・ておる ➜ 〜ちょる (regional colloquial progressive)
The form ちょる is used instead of ている. Usually it is added to the stem (つけちょる), but in historical dialect it was sometimes added to the plain form (いうちょる). This form is actually a contraction of ておる.
〜ていない ➜ 〜てない (negative colloquial progressive)
ひょうじょう
表情
ということまるでできてない
It’s as though you’re unable to show any expression.
〜られる ➜ 〜れる (used in passive and potential forms)
This colloquialism is known as 'ranuki kotoba', ie 'word missing ra' (from ら
ことば
). Historically this form was considered incorrect, although it is becoming increasingly common.
れば
わかる
I know him by sight.
なくてはいけない ➜ なくちゃ
なければ ➜ なきゃ or なけりゃ
かもしれない ➜ かも
The common word かもしれない (meaning 'probably is', or 'is probably the case') is often shortened to just かも colloquially.
という ➜ って
は ➜ って
って can also be used as a substitute for は (or というのは) at the end of a sentence. For example:
みき
美希
ちゃんって
Who's Miki?
よろい
って
What is 'armor'?
の to indicate a question
れは, れば, りは, りや ➜ りゃ
な as shortened imperative
Sometimes なさい is shortened to simply な as a rough (but not rude) imperative.
よく
おぼ
えておき

Remember it well!
Particle omission
In colloquial Japanese, particles such as は and が are often left out. For example:
そんなことない
わたし
こういう
だいす
大好

That's not true at all. I love things like this.
Source: りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド(
In standard Japanese, the second sentence would be
わたし
はこういうのが
だいす
き。
うち
➜ んち
まえ
んち
きたい
なぁ
I wanna go to your place ...
Sometimes the ん will also be omitted:
かれ
その
よる
かとう
加藤
さんとまった
He lodged at Mr Kato's for the night.
ていって ➜ てって
ていく ➜ てく
More generally, any form of the ていく construction can be shortened colloquially to the equivalent form without the い, eg てく.
かいしゃ
会社
かえ
ちょっと
いっぱい
一杯
やってかない
Want to grab a drink on the way home from work?
 ておく ➜ とく
The おく form of a verb (put in place) is sometimes contracted to とく.
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んでみて
ください
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See also:
  • 関西弁(かんさいべん) - the Kansai dialect of Japanese
  • うた / もうた past form - archaic + Kansai form

Kanji used in this grammar

バツ   ぬ to extract, pull out   ぬける to come / fall out; be omitted   ぬかす to omit   ぬかる to make a blunder   
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ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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ヨウ   leaf   は leaves   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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コウ   この    す to like   
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カ   ケ   house   いえ    や    
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サイ   もっと most   
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コウ   expensive; high   たか    たか expensive, tall, high   たかまる to be elevated   たかめる to promote, heighten   
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ショウ   わら to laugh   え to smile   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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ボ   はは mother   
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シン   おや parent   したしい close, intimate   したしむ to befriend, grow close to   
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ジ   similar   に to be similar to   
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ヒョウ   おもて surface, front   あらわ to show, to present   あらわれる to be present, to appear   
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ジョウ   セイ   なさ emotion; circumstances   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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ビ   うつくしい beautiful   
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キ   rare
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ガイ   よろい armor   よろ to put on armor   
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カク   おぼえる to remember   さめる to awake   さます to rouse, awaken   
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ゼン   まえ before   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ヤ   よる    よ night   
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カ   くわえる to add to   くわわる to join, to be added to   
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トウ   ふじ wisteria   
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カイ   エ   あ to meet   
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シャ    company   やしろ Shinto shrine   
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キ   かえ to return   かえ to send back, give back   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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ハイ   さかずき cup, goblet   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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