"どなたですか?"

Translation:Who is it?

June 10, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lmao_Me

That is correct. どなた is more polite, and works to soften the tone.

June 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickBaq

How does this differ from "Dare desu ka?"

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Tc3KDQp5

I believe どなたですか is more polite.

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ravi507280

dare desu ka means which is it

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AnaLydiate

You are confusing dare (who) with Dore (which).

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/boo913

Is this related to あなた? Is there also a こなた, and そなた?

December 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lerosbif

=People=

どなた=何方

あなた=貴方 (彼方=かなた)

そなた=其方

こなた=此方

=Directions=

どちら=何方

あちら=彼方

そちら=其方

こちら=此方

(方 can be a respectful way of saying either person or direction.)

So you can see that these words are different readings of the same kanji, except for the commonly used あなた. The 貴 kanji in あなた is an honorific title (i.e. lord) rather than a (this/that/over there) location identifier.

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JaviFontal

何方ですか?

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsolaCiao

どなた is usually written in kana.

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Desmond7900

Thank you for stating this, it is really helpful! Helps us know which Kanji is unnecessary to learn.

December 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ganders3

Are you a donut?

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lloyd76445

Would it also be correct to translate this as "Who are you?"

January 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IsolaCiao

I wrote that and it was accepted.

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/.Ice-Cream.

I believe it can but that would depend on the context

March 2, 2018
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