April 7, 2008

Japanese Family words

Family words Humble –when speaking of ones own, of oneself Exalted
Father chichi o-tosan (long o)
Mother haha o-kasan (long a)
Older Brother ani o-nisan (long i)
Younger Brother ototo o-totosan
Older Sister ane o-nesan
Younger Sister imoto imotosan
Parents ryoshin (long o) go-ryoshin (long o)
Husband shujin (lit. my lord) go-shujin
Wife kanai okusama, or less exalted okusan but still polite and most commonly used as with any word in this column, san can be exchanged for sama in any case and dependant of the level of politeness you are trying to express.

Quick Japanese Vocabulary Chart demonstrating humble and exalted forms of family words for those serious in making Japanese their SL2.

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Ganbatte ne! Do your best! Makurasuki Sensei