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Nanbo no monjai!
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:19:37 pm »
No context other than this appears to be text from around a dock or on a ship. Vandale Empire ships have been spotted in the seas, it's feared they are approaching, and sea travel may not be safe. Someone says:

「ヴァンダール帝国がなんぼのもんじゃい!ウィー、ヒック!!

I assume this is a drunkard from the last bit. My research on Google points to なんぼのもんじゃい being like "How much is it?" or maybe "What the heck is it". The first one is not out of the question if this guy is drunk. Is anyone familiar with this term?

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Re: Nanbo no monjai!
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 07:55:33 pm »
The line should read something like:

"Vandore Empire ain't worth jack squat!" (+ drunken noises)
OR
"The Emporer of Vandore is a loser!"

I hadn't heard the phrase なんぼのもんじゃい until just now, but apparently it means "worthless". There's a list of paraphrases on this page.

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Re: Nanbo no monjai!
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 09:55:01 pm »
Thanks Paul!  :woot!:

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Re: Nanbo no monjai!
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2012, 04:14:20 am »
なんぼ is used in a few dialects (関西弁 amongst others) as いくら, if anybody's interested. It apparently comes from なにほど. The phrase would then be rendered as "いくらのものなんだ" in standard Japanese, literally "what worth does it have!?", which then translates to "worthless", just as Paul Jensen said.

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Re: Nanbo no monjai!
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2012, 04:31:51 am »
"Those gutless, yellow-bellied Imperials! *hic*"
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Re: Nanbo no monjai!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 09:16:36 am »
I should have added that people use なんぼ in Hiroshima, too. Dialects are fun. :)
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