Hakata dialect

Hakata Japanese
Native to Japan
Region Fukuoka
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog haka1241[1]
Banners in a shopping mall using Hakata dialect

Hakata dialect (博多弁 Hakata-ben) is a Japanese dialect spoken in Fukuoka city. Hakata dialect originated in Hakata commercial district, while a related Fukuoka dialect (福岡弁 Fukuoka-ben) was spoken in the central district. Hakata dialect has spread throughout the city and its suburbs. Most of Japanese regard Hakata dialect as the dialect typical of Fukuoka, so it is sometimes called Fukuoka-ben.

Hakata dialect is being increasingly used in television interviews in Fukuoka, where previously standard Japanese was expected.


The basic grammar of Hakata dialect is similar to other Hichiku dialect such as Saga dialect, Nagasaki dialect and Kumamoto dialect. For example, Hakata dialect uses to or tto as a question, e.g., "What are you doing?", realized in standard Japanese as nani o shiteiru no?, is nan ba shiyo tto? or nan shitō to? in Hakata and other Hichiku dialects.


Basic words: uchi "I", ātan "you", yoka "yes", innya "no".[2]


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Hakata-ben". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. hakata-ben vocabulary

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