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Some Japanese pronouns
Brief overview
Compared to most other languages, pronouns in Japanese are used less frequently, and may not need to be used when it is obvious who the
subject is. Japanese pronouns can also be an indicator of identifying one’s personality (e.g. one who generally uses わたくし and あなた along
with a very formal tone, regardless of context, shows that the speaker may have been raised in a noble background). When using pronouns,
one should be familiar with the context that they are speaking in, so as to refrain from offending anyone (unless they wish to be chastised).
Not all pronouns are covered in the lists below; ones which may be commonly used or heard, along with a few uncommon and old (i.e. archaic)
pronouns, are.
First-person ( 一人称
いちにんしょう
)
Pronoun
Hiragana
Level of speech
Gender
association
Additional notes
おれ
Informal
Masculine
Can be seen as rude (varies on context). Establishes a sense of familiarity when
used amongst family or close friends. Very rarely used by females, and when they
do, their personality gives off a very tomboyish vibe
わたし
Formal
Gender-neutral
Generally perceived as feminine in informal context
わたくし
Very formal
Gender-neutral
Can be seen as an establishment of a sense of higher status (e.g. aristocracy)
ぼく
Informal
Masculine
Establishes a sense of humbleness compared to . Generally acceptable in
occasions such as informal interviews and class. Females who identify as
tomboys generally use this pronoun, if not using a feminine pronoun
あたし
Informal
Feminine
Often considered cute
あたい
Very informal
Feminine
Informal version of あたし
わし
Informal
Generally
masculine
Tends to be used by elderly people
われ
Very formal
Gender-neutral
我が
わが
Very formal
Gender-neutral
うち
,
Informal
Feminine
Viewed as a feminine first-person pronoun in the Kansai dialect. In standard
Japanese, this pronoun is used to refer to one’s own house, and is gender-neutral
(one’s own name)
Informal
Gender-neutral
Generally used by small children and young women considered cute and
childish

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Some Japanese pronounsBrief overviewCompared to most other languages, pronouns in Japanese are used less frequently, and may not need to be used when it is obvious who thesubject is. Japanese pronouns can also be an indicator of identifying ones personality (e.g. one who generally uses and alongwith a very formal tone, regardless of context, shows that the speaker may have been raised in a noble background). When using pronouns,one should be familiar with the context that they are speaking in, so as to refrain from offending anyone (unless they wish to be chastised).Not all pronouns are covered in the lists below; ones which may be commonly used or heard, along with a few uncommon and old (i.e. archaic)pronouns, are.First-person ( )Pronoun HiraganaLevel of speechGenderassociationInformalMasculineFormalVery formalGender-neutralGender-neutralInformalMasculineInformalVery informalInformalVery formalVery formalFeminineFeminineGenerallymasculineGender-neutralGender-ne ...
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