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.

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Let’s look at some immediate family members:

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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

おば

oba

aunt

おじ

おじ

oji

uncle

祖父

そふ

sofu

grandfather

祖母

そぼ

sobo

grandmother

私のいとこ

わたし の いとこ

watashi no itoko

my cousin

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

私の彼氏

わたし の かれし

watashi no kareshi

my boyfriend

私の彼女

わたし の かのじょ

watashi no kanojo

my girlfriend

私の姉は日本に住んでいます。

わたし の あね は にほん に すんで います。

Watashi no ane wa nihon ni sunde imasu.

My older sister is living in Japan.

私兄のは背が高い。

わたし の あに は せ が たかい。

Watashi no ani wa se ga takai.

My older brother (is) tall.

Now you're all set to describe your family in Japanese.

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