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"my older brother"


June 30, 2017



わたし -  I/me の - possessive particle (in this case) あに - older brother


Isn't あに used exclusively to refer to one's own brother? Doesn't that make わたしの a bit superfluous?


It does. In fact, I accidentally answered with just あに and it accepted it.


While you are correct that 兄 / 兄さん (ani/niisan) is usually used to refer to your own brother and お兄さん (oniisan) as the more polite form is used to refer to someone else's brother, I have seen them both interchanged as well.

For example "oniisan" can be used to refer to your own brother if there is a large distance between you as siblings, it's as if you are saying you don't know him very well or don't want to know him. And in the same way someone could use "niisan" to refer to an older male who is not a relative but who is someone who is important to you.

This usage is probably more common in manga than in daily life though, just want to point it out for those who didn't know.

I hope I got the kanji right, I'm still a newbie!


The fact that they make that difference between oniisan and niisan makes me cry, because Alphonse from Full metal alchemist always called Edward niisan. Sorry my Otaku heart came up


お兄さん (polite) is someone else's brother, while you'd use 兄 to refer to your own brother


Could you use Hiragana for these words? Or at least have furigana because we haven't learned this Kanji yet.


お兄さん = おにいさん 兄 = あに


Isn't it time to include the kanji for watashi??


What's the difference between お兄さん and 兄


The kanji is just ani (older brother), the other one is oniisan its the same but more polite. 兄 = あに = ani お兄さん = おにさん = oniisan


Only use お兄さん/おにいさん when referring to someone else's older brother, not your own, as it is considered rude. On the same token, always use 兄/あにwhen referring to your own older brother. In Japanese, you should always use humble words towards your own family and honorific terms for another's family.


So 私は野菜を食べます(わたしはやさいをたべます) is formal and 野菜を食べる is not, right?


Why isn't です at the end?

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    Because there is no "is" in the question. They're asking for a phrase, not a full sentence. If it asked you to translate *he is my older brother." then you could write 私のあにです


    What is the difference between あに and にいさん?


    The answer for my brother and my old brother should not be the same?

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