Grammar

BASIC PERSONAL PRONOUNS


There are many personal pronouns in Japanese. Here are the main ones to know when starting to learn the language:

I watashi
you (singular) anata あなた
he kare
she kanojo 彼女
we watashitachi 私たち
you (plural) anatatachi あなたたち
they (men) karera 彼ら
they (women) kanojotachi 彼女たち

Notice that the Japanese language uses the suffix -TACHI (たち) to express the idea of a group in some cases (except for KARERA here).

Please be aware that the Japanese language doesn’t use any personal pronouns if they are not required to understand the sentence (if the context is clear enough).


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  Posted on Jun 2, 2016, 6:21:07 PM #5

JRCyrin



Anatatachi (あなたたち) can be viewed as negative or even derogatory depending on the context. It could be seen as "YOU all," indicating a clear and down-putting distinction between the speaker and the group he or she is referring to. Antatagata (あなたがた, あなた方) is much more polite.
  Posted on Apr 6, 2015, 9:43:53 AM #4

Administrator



Because they can be so complex that I separated them in different sheets:
http://www.japan-activator.com/en/lessons/grammar/article/id/227
http://www.japan-activator.com/en/lessons/grammar/article/id/229
  Posted on Apr 5, 2015, 8:25:30 PM #3

Spectra227



It's really good to use this site's tools.. but may i ask questions ? why aren't they all the personal pronouns like (boku/atashi/kimi/omae/ore....) it would be better if all the personal pronounss are shown
thx ^^
  Posted on Jan 21, 2013, 10:35:46 AM #2

Stefi150011



I think that this site is useful for many people.But my question is where are the flashcards?
  Posted on Sep 16, 2012, 5:18:59 PM #1

Dacher



This can really help people. I didn`t understand the personal pronouns for a while, but now it is clear... :D
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