Pronoun Course

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Pronoun Course

Lesson 2: How to say “You” in Japanese?

In this lesson, I will teach you how to say “You” in Japanese.

In Japanese, you use あなた and きみ to say “You”.

Note:

It’s not polite to use あなた and きみ directly to superiors or strangers (It’s okay to use them to your friends), so you’d better avoid using them to superiors or strangers whenever possible. Instead, you can say something directly. Such as げんですか。Means “How are you?”. You don’t need to say “あなたはげんですか”
Note

As for the plural form and impolite form (You will see them often in anime and manga).
You can refer to below.(Usually, it’s enough to use あなたたち)

FormPronoun
plural formあなたがた>あなたたち
impolite form きみ、おまえさま、あんた、きみたち、おまえたち、おまえ

Note: Don’t use them to strangers or superiors because it’s impolite.
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6 thoughts on “Lesson 2: How to say “You” in Japanese?

  1. How about when we want to say “your things” something like that, is あなた suitable?

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      You can use
      お兄さんのものですか。
      お姉さんのものですか。

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  2. Are 君たち、お前たち、and お前ら the plural forms of 君 and お前? What is the cultural significance of お前たち versus お前ら ?

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      お前ら is more informal than お前たち

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  3. What about みなさん and みなさま? I found this thread on hinative where user answered that あなたがた and あなたたち rather rude.
    https://hinative.com/ja/questions/1512327

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      Yeah, みんなさん is better, but it’s not a pronoun

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