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Lesson 3: How to say “He/She” and “They” in Japanese?

In this lesson, I will teach you how to say “He, She and They” in Japanese.


In Japanese, You use かれ to say “He” and 彼女かのじょ to say “She”.

Examples:

かれ先生せんせいです。
He is a teacher.

彼女かのじょしゅです。
She is a singer.
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By the way, Japanese also use かれ(or かれ) to say “boyfriend”, and use 彼女かのじょ to say “girlfriend”. Basically, You need to tell the meaning by context.

Examples:

わたし彼女かのじょはかわいいです。
My girlfriend is cute.

わたしかれはかっこいいです。
My boyfriend is handsome.

As for “They”, if they are all male or there are both male and female, you can use “かれら” to say “They”.

If all people are female, you can use “彼女かのじょたち” to say “They”.

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12 thoughts on “Lesson 3: How to say “He/She” and “They” in Japanese?

  1. Just to be sure, It isn’t impolite to use 彼、彼女 with superiors or strangers like the lecture before, is it? Or is better to avoid using them in those cases? Also, thank you so much for answering my questions. I’m not sure how to reply your message, so I just wrote it here.

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      Yeah! It’s okay to use them.
      But It’s better if you can use their name directly!

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  2. Is 彼ら also able to be used for singular ‘they’?

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      singular ‘they’? I don’t understand.

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    2. You can use “they” as a singular pronoun when it’s used as a gender-neutral pronoun or when you don’t know whether the person is male or female
      “The culprit managed to run away” -> “They managed to run away”
      Here, you don’t know whether the culprit is male or female so you can use a gender-neutral “they” to refer to the culprit.

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    3. I think 彼ら is the closest you’ll get for singular “they”. Coz for your example “The culprit got away” Japanese people would use the specific word for culprit (犯人 – はんにん) rather than refer to them as ‘they’.

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  3. can 彼ら be used for someone who uses they/them pronouns rather than he/him or she/her pronouns?

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      I don’t understand, could you please provide an example maybe?

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    2. basically, non-binary people are neither masculine or feminine therefore they do not feel comfortable using he/him or she/her pronouns. they identify with they/them pronouns. they are neither a girl or a boy so they would prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns. here is more info if i did not explain it well https://www.verywellmind.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-non-binary-or-have-non-binary-gender-4172702

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  4. @haruto
    A human being can be male or female.
    If you know the 3rd gender or aliens, let me to know.😂🛸👽

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    1. Here to let you know
      https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia/
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT0HJkr1jj4
      This took aprox 2.5 seconds of googling. Both cite an ample number of sources, and this only scratches the surface of the science of sex and gender.

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  5. “non-binary people” LMAO

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