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Pronouns in Japanese course

Faisane
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In my Japanese class, we hardly use pronouns at all - I think it has something to do with politeness which apparently is a bit tricky when you use them. Yet the Duolingo course uses them all the time.

Question for native speakers or more advanced learners: how do you feel about the use of pronouns here?

Also, in a sentence like

かのしょは ジョンさんのおばさんです

the pronoun seems unnecessary (obviously an aunt would be a "she"), yet if I leave it out the answer is marked as incorrect.

Thoughts?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Horako224

Well at this point's we don't have the context, if some stranger would be asking which woman is your/John's aunt then you would use かのじょ, if it's obvious then no.

1 year ago

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Faisane
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Oh ok, I guess in that scenario it would make sense!

1 year ago

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But could someone address the politeness aspect? Like, I think I've heard that you just don't use あなた unless you are addressing someone you know well?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ManuelNARAU

Either it is clear from context which person is addressed (for example looking at someone when asking a question) or Japanese people use names. It is especially wired if you would know a person very well and then address them by using あなた. One exception is that a wife might call her husband あなた

1 year ago