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Type of first person in Japanese(日本語の一人称の種類)

The Japanese use various first-person.

This time I will introduce only a little.

わたくし[watakushi] わたし[watashi] あたし[atashi] あたい[atai] おれ[ore] おら[ora] おいら[oira] われ[ware] こちら[kochira] うち[uchi] こちら[kochira] それがし[soregashi] てまえ[temae] じぶん[jibun] ぼく[boku] わがはい[wagahai] よ[yo] せっしゃ[sextusya] おのれ[onore] ぼくちゃん[bokuchan] わて[wate] おいどん[oidon] ぼくちん[bokuchin]

Which one do you want to use?

November 25, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

せっしゃ[sextusya]

The hiragana is for sessha. It would have been good to include what the differences are too. Something like

  • わたくし watakushi 私: (humble) a very formal form of I or me, the first person singular
  • わたし watashi 私: I; first person pronoun
  • あたし atashi 私: (women's speech) I, used by girls and young women
  • あたい atai first-person pronoun: “I”, “me” ( Considered quite effeminate. Use is generally limited to girls and young women of the Shitamachi area of Tokyo, or to workers of the red light district.)
  • おれ ore 俺, 己: I, me
  • われ ware 我: first person personal pronoun; I, me, oneself
  • こちら kochira 此方: this person; I, me, we, us
  • うち uchi 内, 中: (Kansai, informal) I, me (used by women and girls)
  • それがし soregashi
  • じぶん jibun 自分: oneself
  • ぼく boku 僕: I (personal pronoun; implies that the speaker is a young boy or otherwise boyish)
  • わがはい wagahai 我輩: I, we, us (used by males
  • yo 予, 余: I, me
  • せっしゃ sessha 拙者: (humble, archaic) me (used by males)
  • おのれ onore 己: (humble) I

(example definitions from wikitionary)

November 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

Thank you for the correction and explanation. Perhaps, are you Japanese? It seems that you know Japanese well. By the way, I am a Japanese!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

I'm not Japanese. :) I learned it in highschool and have visited a few times.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

Is that so. I have never been abroad. I am very envious. What did you learn in Japan?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/11100100

すげー、ありがとう!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

喜んでもらえて嬉しいです!!(≧∇≦)b


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PapaSloth1

Ore is also masculine, right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

Women can also use it (≧∇≦)b


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PapaSloth1

Isn't it only used by women when they want to seem butch? Like Ritsu on K-On?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuseiMurakami

Yes, it is usually used by men. In my opinion, boku is better. it is humble and it gets favorable impression. You can use it both casually and formally.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bakekujira

I have obtained Sapience. What shall I call myself. Pestilence shall be sown in my progress.

化鯨


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

Hello. Thank you for your reply. I think "sextusya" suits you! By the way, what is "化鯨"? I want you to tell me ....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

It's a yokai. How one this large manages to work a keyboard is beyond me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

I was actually just about to search for a list like this when I found this. Thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.Scamander

Hello!! Thank you for your reply. What I introduced here is just a bit. There are many more, please investigate!

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