Questions tagged [first-person-pronouns]

一人称代名詞. The many Japanese words that correspond to English "I" and "me" but differ in nuances such as formality, respect, intimacy, etc.

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Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕{ぼく} and if not why?

Grammatically speaking it shouldn't be an issue, but I have heard from some people that a non-japanese using 僕{ぼく} sounds really weird. Has anyone else heard this? And if so, is there a reason?
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How should I select what first-person pronoun to use?

I've always had trouble choosing which first person pronoun to use - 私 (watashi), 僕 (boku), or 俺 (おれ). What kind of factors should I keep in mind when choosing between these? Is it common to vary one'...
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Use of 自分【じぶん】as a personal pronoun in direct speech

Yay, yet another first-person-pronoun question! I know that 自分 is commonly used as a personal pronoun in indirect speech, e.g.: マイクは、自分はなんと不注意なのだろうと言った。→ Mike said that he was very careless. ...
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Was 俺 ever gender-neutral?

I've heard elderly women in Japan referring to themselves using 俺. This leads me to believe that the usage has changed overtime to become only used by males. Did 俺 used to be gender-neutral?
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Just how rude is 「俺{おれ}」?

Statistics seem to show that (for young males, anyway) 俺{おれ} is beginning to be used more often than 僕{ぼく} to refer to oneself. I have read that 俺 is somewhat rude. There are certain situations, of ...
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When is it appropriate to refer to yourself by これ?

I have occasionally heard and read instances, where a person has referred to themselves as これ. My Japanese dictionary also lists "Me, I." as a definition of これ. Now, this obviously isn't used as ...
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How commonly are “あたし” or “[僕]{ぼく}” used?

My friend and I are learning Japanese. For a time, all we knew was 私, but after we learned more words, she started to use あたし when referring to herself, and I began using 僕. What I'm wondering is, how ...
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Change in self-address for emphasis or to express frustration or dissatisfaction

Building on from this comment, It is possible that in English, a mother may opt to refer to herself in the third person: using "Your mother" instead of "I" to create emphasis. It is observed from ...
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Should 私の be omitted?

I have the following sentence on my Japanese LinkedIn page: 私 の 目的 は 主導 と 代表的 な 執行 と 技術革新 通じて 例外的 な 質 を 生むて います。 It is meant to mirror my English mission statement: "My mission is to deliver ...
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When is it appropriate to refer to yourself using your name, rather than 私 (or others)?

I have heard—though not often—people refer to themselves using their first name, not by using a pronoun for "I." Does this have special connotation in Japanese? Nothing about the usage (to me) seemed ...
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Difference between 自分 and 自分自身 and how to reflect their difference in English

Consider: 自分について書きたいことがあります。 = There are times that I want to write about myself (lit: things concerning me) 自分自身について書きたいことがあります。 What is their difference? I think the second sentence ...
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Speaking in the third person

Many things that seem normal in English look arrogant in Japanese. I think I found a special case where the reverse is true. In Japanese is it normal to speak in the third person when referring to ...
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Which personal pronouns and sentence ending particles would an old man use?

I'm somewhat informed on gendered speech in Japanese, however, I have also heard that age may play a part in which pronouns and sentence ending particles you use and can get away with. For instance, a ...
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Giving something to oneself

what is the theory that 僕は自分にプレゼントをあげる is right but not 僕は自分にプレゼントをくれる ? Btw I'm also curious if these sentences are equally valid: A) 僕は自身にプレゼントをあげる B) 僕は自分自身にプレゼントをある C) ボブはボブにプレゼントを[あげる/くれる?] ...
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Why is 自分 used instead of 私?

For example: 自分の名前が呼ばれたとき、私は自分の耳を疑った。I couldn't believe my ears when I heard my name called. Would it be appropriate if I said 私? When is it appropriate to use 自分? What is the difference?
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Is it true that only girls use うち to refer to themselves?

Is it true that only girls will use うち to refer to themselves? So when a guy say うち he is referring to his in-group / company / family, and not referring to himself, right?
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What rules should be followed when saying “we”?

I know that, in Japanese, you can say X達【たち】 or Xら (where X is a first person pronoun) to say we. However, what rules should be followed for choosing that "X". Can I use whatever I would use to refer ...
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How common/formal is あたくし?

A while ago, I discovered that あたし has a more-formal variant: あたくし This is obviously very similar to the relationship between わたし and わたくし. However, there are a couple of details that I'm not too ...
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How did わし etc. become stereotypical “old people” pronouns

After reading this answer about the pronoun あちし, I became curious about how certain pronouns came to be associated with older people. As I see it, there are four main possibilities: People just ...
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Is there a casual gender-neutral first-person pronoun?

I know that 私, while being used by both men and women, is relatively formal or at least polite and so wouldn't necessarily be used when talking to a close friend, etc. On the other hand, 俺、僕、and あたし ...
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Can 「奴」 be used to refer to a female?

Is the word 「奴」/「やつ」 (yatsu) ever used to refer to another female, or to refer to oneself if one is female? Or is it only used to refer to a male? Answers to this question touched on the word 「奴」, ...
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Is there a dialect where older men refer to themselves as あたし?

I remember reading that there is a dialect in which older men refer to themselves as あたし. It didn't have a feminine connotation, it may have even been a bit rough. I think I read it on Wikipedia, but ...
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When do you use your own name to refer to yourself?

I searched for "referring to yourself in third person" and other similar phrases , but found only these: Q1, Q2. All searches in google also lead to similar discussions. But I already know that ...
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Generic title for children redux & referring to self in the context of children

Continuing from this question 1. Generic title for children redux Consider the following cases for each situation where a person speaks to two children of different age: How are the following ...
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Pronoun collocations

I have embarked on a project of translating a novel I am writing into Japanese in parallel with writing it, and one of the hardest parts for me (in contemplation, I haven't really gotten that far) is ...
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あちし。。。Real or fiction

I've heard in some mangas あちし, which means "I". However, in every dictionary I've look at, It doesn't exist. So is this a fictional pronoun?
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What is the nuance of この + [first person pronoun]?

For example, from the song Fare Well by L'Arc~en~Ciel: あなたは いつまでも この僕のこと 愛してくれたのかな and countless examples from manga, like: だが このオレは 死なん... こんどは このオレが きさまを 滅ぼす このオレに 勝てるわけがない My ...
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Difference between “私達” and “われわれ” when used as possessive pronouns?

When you are talking to a 3rd person, fundamentally (1) それは、私達の出来あげたものです。 (2) それは、われわれの出来あげたものです。 mean: That is something that we all created together. With regard to using them as first ...
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The plural 等 in おいら, おら

Why do the singular first person pronouns 俺{おい}等{ら} and 俺{お}等{ら} involve the plural affix 等?
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Finding the subject in Japanese. 自分だったら、これを大きくなってから見たら感動するだろうな

This is from the comments on this youtube page where an infant is cuddling with a bemused cat. The commentator is writing on how cute the scene is. I am having trouble figuring out some of the ...
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Usage of 私{わたし} in Informal Situations

I know Japanese males tend to use 俺{おれ}/僕{ぼく} in informal contexts. Is it common to use 私{わたし} too or it makes one sounds overly stiff and aloof? Edit: What about 自分{じぶん}?
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Use of personal pronouns when talking to different “ranked” people. (In the same conversation)

First time posting here. I have a question that have been bothering me for quite a while. I wonder how to use the personal pronouns (僕/俺 & お前/きみ/あなた) in a conversation with different "ranked" ...
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私 (watashi) vs 僕 (boku) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕(ぼく) and if not why? How should I select what first-person pronoun to use? How commonly are "あたし" (atashi) or &...
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What does “オレ” in Pokemon Opening song mean?

The lyric says: オレはこいつと 旅に出る I wonder what オレ means. Is it a different way to write: "俺"? Thanks! よろしくお願いします!
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僕 in 敬語 - is it possible?

With 丁寧語, it's very possible - 僕が行きます is a perfectly normal thing to say. But what of 僕が参ります? Would that sound odd? 私が参ります would be more normal, I think, but is 僕が参ります possible at all?
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How to do plurals? [duplicate]

I've seen there are two ways of saying we and pluralizing words using: ら、たち But I can't see the difference and I'm not sure if it can be used with all the pronouns. Are there other forms of ...
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Formal, feminine first-person pronoun

よろしくお願いします。 I am writing a scene (in English, with occasional Japanese for flavor and difficult-to-translate terms) where a rather androgynous woman is in a Tokyo department store, speaking with a ...
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How would one address oneself when speaking to royalty?

Apart from avoiding using personal pronouns, when speaking to royalty, would one just use watashi, like in the following example: Time: 05:32 - 05:50 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/...