Is Tohoku dialect the most interesting Japanese dialect?
I am bilingual because I can speak standard Japanese as well as the Kansai dialect.
I think women who speak with a Hakata accent are really cute.
The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well. The 〜 is there to show this attaches onto things, like 東京弁, meaning "Tokyo Dialect."
The reading is the same as the one you learned with the kanji. Because it's normally attached to other words it uses the on'yomi reading like a jukugo word normally would.