Uchinaguchi educational CD now available for sale

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> educational CD now available for sale

Okinawan actor Masao Hachiki (left) and Yuji Haneji.

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Uchinaguchi educational CD entitled “Uchinaguchi Learning Beginning Level” became available on July 5 from made-in-okinawa.com. Okinawan actor Masao Hachiki appears in the CD and does the instruction. Similar to English language educational CDs, the approach is to learn Uchinaguchi by listening. It includes 140 shibai guchi words used in Okinawan drama.

Hachiki says, “You can learn the distinctive pronunciation and nuances of Uchinaguchi just by listening. I want young actors who don’t normally speak Uchinaguchi to make use of this CD.”

Representative of made-in-okinawa.com Yuji Haneji had attended Uchinaguchi classes in the past and was wondering if teaching materials existed for busy people. The project to create this CD started from there.

Haneji visited Hachiki to discuss the idea and the two immediately struck a chord.
Haneji said, “We must strive to preserve the correct Uchinaguchi that people in Mr. Hachiki’s generation speak.” The CD costs 1,500 yen including tax and is available in bookstores in Okinawa and online from the made-in-okinawa.com home page. An intermediate level version for conversational Uchinaguchi and an advanced level to learn about society and history will also be available for sale by August. For inquiries, please contact made-in-okinawa.com at 098 (879) 8370.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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