Basic Japanese Vocabulary – People

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Basic Japanese Vocabulary: People
Video Review Notes

Today we learned some basic Japanese vocabulary for people, such as man, woman, girl, and boy! In these notes, we will review these words and learn some other similar words!

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Number 1:

  (hito) means people (or person) in Japanese.

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Number 2:

 男の人 (otoko no hito) means man in Japanese.

  (otoko) means male or man, and 人 (hito) means person, so の人 (otoko no hito) is literally man person or male person.

 Another Japanese word for man is 男性 (dansei)

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Number 3:

 Woman in Japanese is 女の人 (onna no hito)

  (onna) means female or woman, and 人 (hito) means person, so 女の人 (onna no hito) is literally woman person or female person.

 Another Japanese word for woman is 女性 (josei)

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Number 4:

 The Japanese word for boy is 男の子 (otoko no ko), literally “male child”

 Some other Japanese words for boy are 少年 (shōnen) and 男子 (danshi)

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Number 5:

 The Japanese word for girl is 女の子 (onna no ko), literally “female child”

 Some other Japanese words for girl are 少女 (shōjo) and 女子 (joshi)

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Number 6:

 子供 (kodomo) means children (or child) in Japanese.

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Number 7:

 The Japanese word for baby is 赤ちゃん (akachan).

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Conclusion:

We learned a lot of new Japanese vocabulary today! These words are very basic and are important to know!

Don’t worry if you can’t remember them all right away. First, just start by memorizing the ones we learned in the video! I also encourage you to write them on flashcards to test your memory!

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6 comments

  1. When should I use 男の子, 少年, 男子?

    Comment by Nata chan on 01/20/2013 at 3:30 am
  2. These words are all very similar(◕ω◕)♪ Specifically, 少年 is used for young males age 7-16. It is often used in combination with other words such as 少年漫画 (shōnen manga) or 少年アニメ (shōnen anime), and is used as an official word in documents for young males. 男の子 and 男子 also mean young male or male child. 男の子 is often used for very young boys, but it can be used for older male children too. Lately, 男子 has been gaining popularity in its use from students and young people in Japan.

    Comment by PuniPuni on 01/20/2013 at 10:07 am
  3. So 少女 is only used for younger females ?

    Comment by Akano-先輩 on 01/24/2013 at 8:37 pm
  4. Yes (◕ω◕)♪ 少女 is used for females under 20 years old.

    Comment by PuniPuni on 01/24/2013 at 9:50 pm
  5. What does the Japanese word “no” mean?

    Comment by Ruth Anderson on 07/02/2013 at 1:06 pm
  6. I think you must be referring to the Japanese particle の (no). We have another Japanese lesson on that, so please check it out! (◕ω< )♪ http://www.punipunijapan.com/grammar-lesson-3-particle-%E3%81%AE-no/

    Comment by PuniPuni on 07/02/2013 at 5:30 pm

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