Family in Japanese

In today’s free lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your family in Japanese. Practice your Japanese pronunciation as you listen to the audio, and while you’re at it – take a closer look at the different ways to say 'my' in Japanese.

How to pronounce family in Japanese

Let’s look at some immediate family members:

ちち

chichi

father

はは

haha

mother

私の両親

わたし の りょうしん

Watashi no ryōshin

My parents

あに

ani

older brother

あね

ane

older sister

おとうと

otōto

younger brother

いもうと

imōto

younger sister

How about your extended family?

おば

oba

(my) aunt

おじ

oji

(my) uncle

祖父

そふ

sofu

(my) grandfather

祖母

そぼ

sobo

(my) grandmother

私の従兄弟(従姉妹)

わたし の いとこ

Watashi no itoko

My cousins

私の親戚

わたし の しんせき

Watashi no shinseki

My relatives

Now for some romantic relationships:

私の妻

わたし の つま

Watashi no tsuma

My wife

私の夫

わたし の おっと

Watashi no otto

My husband

私のボーイフレンド

わたし の ボーイフレンド

Watashi no bōifurendo

My boyfriend

私の彼氏

わたし の かれし

Watashi no kareshi

My boyfriend

私のガールフレンド

わたし の ガールフレンド

Watashi no gārufurendo

My girlfriend

私の彼女

わたし の かのじょ

Watashi no kanojo

My girlfriend

Now, can you use these words in a sentence to describe your family?

私の姉(妹)は日本に住んでいます

わたし の あね(いもうと) は にほん に すんで います

Watashi no ane (imōto) wa nihon ni sunde imasu.

My older sister (younger sister) lives in Japan

私の兄(弟)は背が高い

わたし の あに(おとうと) は せ が たかい

Watashi no ani (otōto) wa se ga takai.

My older brother (younger brother) is tall

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