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Q: Okinawan food is a little different from what we usually eat.

In this sentence, why is this“what” needed?
How do I use this?
Please tell me in Japanese and English if possible.
A: The "what" serves the purpose of bridging the comparison between Okinawan food and the kind of food the speaker normally eats. It lets the other person know that they're making a direct comparison between the two types of food.

Without it, the sentence becomes grammatically incorrect and sounds very awkward.
Q: It was the Okinawan traditional house café that I stopped in at for lunch on the way from [Place A] to [Place B]. Does this sound natural?
A: On the way from (Place A) to (Place B), I stopped in the Okinawan traditional house cafè for lunch.
Q: A Okinawan old man joke.

He said"I will go to Hawaii"

"Go to Hawaii" mean is "go to afterlife". Does this sound natural?
A: Okay, I'll do the corrections.
Use “a” before words that start with a consonant sound and “an” before words that start with a vowel sound. Other letters can also be pronounced either way. Just remember it is the sound that governs whether you use “a” or “an,” not the actual first letter of the word.

So from 'a okinawan old man' change it to...
An Okinawan old man joked.

Also, the joke is in past tense so it should be joke with a -ed but since joke already has an 'e' just add -d.

He said, "I will go to Hawaii"

"Go to Hawaii" means " to go to the afterlife".
although means and mean is almost mean the same thing but in this sentence it is more appropriate to use 'means'.
Q: I can little speak Okinawan dialects Does this sound natural?
A: I can speak very little Okinawan dialects.

I can speak a little in Okinawan dialect.

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