Pronoun Course

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Pronoun Course

Lesson 4: How to say “Who” in Japanese?

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


In Japanese, you can use どちらさま、どなた and だれ to say “Who”.

Examples:

どちらさまでしょうか。
Who are you?

どなたですか。
Who are you?

きみだれ?(it’s a little bit rude)
Who are you?

かれだれですか。
Who is he?

Notes:

①どちらさま is the most polite way to say who, and どなた is more polite than だれ.
②でしょうか is a formal way to say ですか.
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6 thoughts on “Lesson 4: How to say “Who” in Japanese?

  1. I can’t comprehend how can “who” be polite or not polite xD.

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      Yeah, but in Japanese it happens🤣

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  2. I decided to do some very short dialogues for these new words, so I can practice. The first one is kinda funny tho XD

    ジュリ: 君は誰だ?
    シャリ:何???
    ジュリ:あ、すみません

    クレエ:どちらさまでしよか?
    ジル:ジルです
    クレエ:よろしくお願いします。

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  3. in どちらさま, can you change the さま at the end to be less formal like どちらさん or no

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      It’s rude. You’d better not use it.

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  4. 詩野本姫ず奈:ね、秋桜ちゃん、あちらはどなたの?
    秋桜:あっちは大道寺 真梨子さんですよ。

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