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"I am home, big sister."


June 11, 2017



Exactly, even identical twins are differentiated by eldest and youngest.


like rin and yukio from ao no exorcist


Rem & Ram, anybody?


Except that in the West the first one (twin) out is considered the oldest, but in Japan, it's the last one. It's like the two methods of inventory accounting, first in first out versus first in last out.


Why wasn't 「ただいまあね」not accepted? Does it not mean "I'm home, big sister"? I know it's less polite, but still, shouls be accepted, right?


When talking to your sister, you will use おねえさん (polite) or just ねえさん. You can't use あね, since you only use it when referring to your sister, and not when talking to her.


In general, yes I agree, but おねえさん.and ねえさん are not the only possibilities here.

Also, people do use あね, and あねき and あねうえ, but I think Duo doesn't want to teach people to sound like yakuza. So, it's not that you can't use it, it's just not how it is generally used in Japan.


Can you expand on the yakuza part?


Well, I don't personally know any yakuza but they have an image in Japanese media/film/TV, in a similar vein to the image of a cowboy as portrayed in Western media, an exaggeration of an archaic version of the real thing.

Anyway, with that disclaimer out of the way, being an organized gang, a yakuza group has a rigid hierarchy between its members, which is usually based partly on age, with older members generally being more senior. As a way of showing respect, each yakuza member refers to any female members that are more senior than them as あね, あねき, or あねうえ.

I'm not sure what the difference is between the three: it might be regional, it might be historical, it could just be specific to each group. There may be other common honorifics, but these three are the ones that stand out to me as being stereotypically yakuza. More senior male members have the equivalents of あに,あにき, and あにうえ.


interesting, thank you


You would use おねえさん to address your sister, but あね if you're speaking ABOUT your sister to someone else


I'm not sure, but I think you would always use the polite お姉さん when addressing your older sister (as opposed to when you are talking about your older sister to an outside group).


Though a warning, I used 'お姉さん' rather than 'おねえさん' and it marked it wrong. I know it's correct and I reported it as being so, but still.


You could call her あねき


I don't think あね exclusively implies "[elder/big] sister", but just "sister." Normally, in Japanese, you'd specify that, even if you only have one sister.


あね does exclusively mean elder sister.


I am home, big sister? Would anyone say "big" in this case?


Not really in English, but in Japanese they differentiate between the elder siblings and the younger siblings.


A cultural respect thing? Or would one say things differently for an elder sibling versus a younger one?


Just the way terms of address work in many Asian languages.




”ただいま”I am homeの発音がおかしいです。(笑) そして家族(かぞく)で”おねいさん”とは、呼びません。 弟young brotherなら"ねいちゃん"、"あねき"。妹young sisterなら"おねいちゃん"、 ”ただいま(只今)家に帰ってきました”I am home now." "おねいさん"義理(ぎり)の姉(sister in law) 只今just now,from now,at the moment, 只今他の電話に出ております。He is busy on another line. 只今会議中(ただいまかいぎちゅう)です。He is in a meeting now. 只今電話(ただいまでんわ)に出られません。I can't answer the phone right now.  




Oh God, the shotacons.


How acceptable is the use of the kanji form 「只今、お姉さん。」?


只今 is uncommon, but not unheard of; it's typically written as ただいま or ただ今 though (in my experience). お姉さん is, at a guess, at least as common as おねえさん, if not more.


ただいほ my favorite word


You mean, ただい? Is it really your favorite? :P




For some reason I'm finding this phrase really hard to remember (perhaps it's too long). Did you find any good mnemonic or anything? Or did it stick through repetition?

[ ただいま seems easier, it's TA-DA! I'M-a back]


you just have to remember that time when Misato says Okaerinasai to Shinji in Evangelion episode 2


can we use おねえさま


If you use おねさま, it should be accepted (or at the very least, you should report it), but おねさま is incorrect Japanese.


I really liked the avatars reactions. What happened? They stopped :(


Why doesn't 姉上 worrk? Shimpachi from gintama addresses his older sister as such.


姉上 and other (family)上 terms are very respectful/honorific and aren't used in normal modern speech. This type of language was most often used by samurai families and other highly traditional families before the end of the Meiji era. You'll mainly only see them today used in older texts, in media with older settings and with characters to make them sound exaggeratedly traditional.

Anime/manga often uses very exaggerated and stereotypical language to express character types/tropes that would never be used in conversation in real life. It is always best to take anything you pick up from media with a grain of salt or you'll risk a range of sounding very old, very foreign, or just very very rude. This especially applies to genres like shounen which can use both very aggressive and very old language. Shows with a higher age demographic and slice of life shows are a much safer alternative, with those usually using more normal everyday speech, or at least less exaggerated stereotypes.


It accepts ねえさん without お does anyone know why? ^^;


Both おねえさん and ねえさん are correct, and commonly used terms for address one's own older sister. Without the お, it's slightly less respectful, but also more familiar. It's hard to describe the politeness-closeness dichotomy that exists all through Japanese.


I think it's confusing to fluctuate between using the familiar family terms and the family terms you use for other's families; ane vs onee san. is that just me? do people use them interchangeably to refer to their own families amongst themselves, usually?


It just depends what you're used to, though it is a bit of a hurdle for English speakers. In Hokkien, there are different words for "uncle" and "aunt" depending on whether they are on your mother or father's side, whether they are older or younger than your parent, and whether they are related to your parent by birth or by marriage, so this concept in Japanese was a piece of cake for me.

When referring to their own families amongst themselves, just like there's no "right" way for you to call your own father (be it "dad", "pa", "papa", "father", etc.), Japanese families would also each have their own way of doing things and there aren't really any rules. Depends on the parents, what names the kids picked up on as babies, the individual personalities, the specific family makeup, etc.


If said in reverse, why is that wrong?


As in, "お姉さん、ただいま"? Technically nothing, but Duo is programmed to think that you think "I am home" is お姉さん and "big sister" is ただいま, so it says you have the wrong answer.

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