Japanese Vocabulary – Human Relationships

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Japanese Vocabulary – Human Relationships – Review Notes

Today, we learned how to say some human relationships in Japanese! In these video review notes, we will go over what we learned and we will learn some new words!

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Japanese Vocab: Human Relationships

ningen kankei

 Today we will learn some Japanese vocabulary for human relationships!

 The Japanese word for human relationships is人間関係 (にんげんかんけい – ningen kankei)

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tomodachi

 友達 (ともだち – tomodachi)is Japanese for friend or friends.

friend

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shinyuu

 親友 (しんゆう – shin’yuu) means best friends or a close friend.

best friend

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osananajimi

 幼馴染 (おさななじみ – osananajimi) is Japanese for a childhood friend, or someone you have been friends with since childhood.

childhood friend

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kanojo

 彼女 (かのじょ – kanojo) is Japanese for girlfriend.

 彼女 also means “her” in Japanese.

girlfriend

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kareshi

 彼氏 (かれし – kareshi) is Japanese for boyfriend.

boyfriend

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senpai

 先輩 (せんぱい – senpai) is Japanese for a senior (someone who is older than you or is your superior) at work or school.

senior

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kouhai

 後輩 (こうはい – kouhai) is Japanese for a junior (someone who is younger than you or is newer than you) at work or school.

junior

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douryou

 同僚 (どうりょう – douryou) is Japanese for coworker.

coworker

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Additional Human Relationship Words:

夫婦    fūfu      married couple

兄弟    kyōdai    brothers, siblings

上司    jōshi     boss

部下    buka     subordinate

知り合い  shiriai     acquaintance

恋人    koibito boyfriend-girlfriend, lovers

同級生 dōkyūsei classmate/person of same age

Click here to learn family relations vocabulary!

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Conclusion:

Do you want to know any other human relationship vocabulary in Japanese? Leave a comment below!

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2 comments

  1. Konnichiwa, nakama to tomodachi wa onaji imi desuka?

    Comment by arin on 08/23/2014 at 5:57 am
  2. They are similar and can both be translated as “friend”, but 仲間 (nakama) is more like a comrade or a partner, someone who is working towards the same goal as you. For example, if you are in the same sports club at school and you are both aiming to win the tournament then you are 仲間 (nakama). 友達 (tomodachi) simply means “friend.” (◕ω<)☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 08/29/2014 at 4:06 am

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