Week 2: 君の名は (Intermediate Book Club)

Milk teeth are baby teeth. In other words, she hasn’t even lost her baby teeth yet and she thinks she’s “got herself together” (しっかりしている) moreso than her older sister.

This is right after her sister says something along the lines of “can’t you just make up with (them)?” (We don’t know who she’s talking about). To which her older sister sharply (ぴしゃり) replies “It’s an adult problem!”. In other words, stay out of it kid, you’re too young to understand.

I’ve neither read the English version nor seen the movie, but based on this little section, there appears to be some sort of issue with the mayoral election (or someone involved with it). Grandma angrily pulled the plug on the speaker as soon as it got brought up, and then Mitsuha derides the idea of the election again right after snapping at her sister in the passage you quoted. Or maybe I’m overthinking it.

Edit: Reading a little further tonight, the election stuff all makes sense.

Edit #2: Found some nice info on かんか

It’s a command form in Kansai-ben from what I can see. According to a post I found on hinative:


In the Kansai dialect, ___んか (or かい) expresses an order,

はよ食べんかい (eat quickly! Kansai)
早く食べなさい (eat quickly! Standard)

So 胸(を)張って歩かんか(い)! = 胸を張って歩きなさい!(Walk with pride!) <— someone else can probably translate that better


Oh, so it’s the second meaning of 居る on jisho.org (?!):

Oh, it is actually a ‘double comparison’ in order to emphasize the point. Understood!


Wow, not this 「。。。やよ!」in the next (?) weeks content makes absolute sense :bulb:

Oh, it’s about the election! Now I get it. I think later grandma is talking bad about his useless son some more times. She must be really pissed. I wonder why exactly?! Maybe he did abandon his 神社 duties for the politics?! Not too sure what happened in their past, but possibly it will become clear later in the book.

Thanks everyone! Especially having an overview of their ド田舎 dialect is extremely useful in this book, I think.

~T :lion:


I was wondering about Tessie and Saya on the bike. She says いいにん、ケチ!What is いいにん supposed to be? にん as in 人? That’d be a bit paradoxical, cause she calls him ケチ right after.

EDIT: starting to feel like it must be some sentence ender…? We see it again at the end of a sentence here:



I’m not completely certain, but based on the two usages, it seems to be acting as the sentence ending の / のだ / んだ.

I know that in Kansai-ben, this の often turns to ねん. So, seeing it as にん in this particular dialect, which is quite close to Kansai-ben, seems reasonable.


^ There’s some info on のだ / んだ in Kansai-ben if you’re interested.

So, back to your original question, if I assume that’s what にん is doing here, then Saya says:

いいにん → いいの or いいんだ (a very exclamatory, “I’m fine!” or “This is fine!”)