Questions tagged [gender]

男女の言葉遣い. For questions about gender-specific speech or how to address or refer to people depending on their gender. Note that Japanese doesn't have grammatical gender.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
35
votes
4answers
5k views

What differences should I look out for between male vs female speech?

I was told a story where a male westerner learnt Japanese from his girlfriend and ended up speaking more like a female. The storyteller thought this was hilarious. What important differences should I ...
16
votes
3answers
14k views

When women use わ at the end of a sentence, is it different from よ?

My understanding of using わ at the end of a sentence is that it's essentially just for emphasis, just like using よ, and that only women can use it. However, as far as I know, women can, and often do, ...
8
votes
1answer
4k views

What is the female equivalent for 「ご主人様」 or “master?”

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe novel, the character Aslan orders centaurs and eagles to chase a wolf, saying, "He will be going to his mistress." He is referring to the wolf's female master,...
8
votes
2answers
671 views

Usage of いる/います and ある/あります in combined words and sentences

Actually, this has been lingering for sometime in my mind about how Japanese convey a sentence which has both the living and non-living things. Will Japanese use いる or ある? or whichever comes first? or ...
7
votes
3answers
864 views

What word can I use for 'they', when referring to a mixed gender group?

I.e. for a group of guys, you have: 彼たち、かれら and for girls it's: 彼女たち 彼女ら So if you have a mixed group, which one should you go with? Is there a different word?
7
votes
3answers
435 views

How to sound more manly when sneaking popcorn into the cinema

OK, really esoteric question time: So I went to the cinema with a female friend on the weekend. I was going to buy some of the horrendously overpriced popcorn there, but then she said: 持ってきちゃった! ...
7
votes
2answers
259 views

“お休みなさい” not appropriate between male neighbours?

In a japanese マンション I noticed that after sharing the common elevator when going back home at night, most of the female residents would greet by "お休みなさい" before leaving, while it seemed that male ...
7
votes
1answer
16k views

Is using 笑 to mean “lol” feminine or gender-neutral?

On Facebook, you see 笑 getting used a decent amount to mean "lol". To my American eyes, using something that literally means "smile" - and even looks semi-subconsciously kind of like an advanced ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

how could a sentence end with (noun + “よ”?)

I'd thought you cannot end a sentence with a noun. Rather: noun + だ。 noun + です。 noun + である。 noun + であります。 noun + でございます。 But in a movie dialogue, I heard: "大切なのは、心よ。" Ending a sentence with a noun ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

Are there stereotypical speech patterns or inflections associated with gay Japanese speakers?

This is not intended to be a controversial or provocative question. In English, there are "commonly accepted" stereotypes for how gay people sometimes speak. Are there corresponding characteristics ...
6
votes
3answers
911 views

What's the female equivalent for the informal ぼく?

What's the female equivalent for the informal ぼく? I've heard that females will tend to use わたし, but then it's said to be formal. Doesn't there exist a female informal "I"?
6
votes
3answers
291 views

Is interjection ねえ、ねえ gender agnostic?

Is ねえ、ねえ used by males, females or both?
6
votes
1answer
310 views

Can かまってちゃん be used for males?

This word is used to describe someone who bothers or even annoys other people in order to get attention. The most common translation to English is drama queen, and the Japanese version sounds ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
458 views

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」, ...
5
votes
1answer
128 views

Statistics on common readings for Japanese names

I am looking for statistics (raw data) on the most common readings for kanji used in names (family name or first name) and the most common gender for a name. Existing dictionaries tend to just spit ...
4
votes
2answers
929 views

Can ぼくたち (bokutachi) be used for mixed-gender group?

*disclaimer:*I'am still learning hiragana, so forgive me for any wrong spelling I've learnt that normally only males use ぼく (boku). What about ぼくたち (bokutachi)? Should it normally be reserved for ...
4
votes
1answer
206 views

Do even Kansai women use the ~ん negative?

As in 分からん and ならん. In Standard (?) speech, I'm fairly certain it's masculine.
4
votes
1answer
328 views

The gender of 子

Is 子 ever used to refer to a boy, or is it always used for girls? Is 悪い子 used only for girls?
4
votes
1answer
598 views

How to shorten conjugations of “must” forms without sounding girly?

I know the full conjugations of expressing things that must/must not be done (ex:行かなくてはだめ)and their slang forms (ex:行かなくちゃ) but I've heard the ちゃ sounds like a little girl speaking? If that's true, ...
4
votes
2answers
223 views

The word いや - gender?

I've been told that いや (in its use similar to いいえ) is a mainly masculine word, but I've heard many female speakers use it, both as a filler and a content word expressing disagreement. Is it that young ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

「ね」 vs 「な」 in 「そうだね」 /「そうね」/ 「そうですね」

Another thread stated that when expressing agreement, we can choose between 「ね」 and 「な」. 「ね」 is more feminine and 「な」 is more masculine. By that, would 「そうな」 be the masculine form of 「そうね」 ? Also, ...
3
votes
1answer
208 views

The gender of the word 素敵

素敵 is often described as a feminine word. Just how feminine is it? What would be the impression of a male speaker using it, if he didn't already use feminine speech?
3
votes
2answers
999 views

What does the Japanese diminutive suffix “chan” indicate?

Is chan a feminine or masculine suffix?
3
votes
2answers
343 views

Using な or ね when addressing a mixed-gender group?

I have the basic understanding that ね is generally more formal/feminine and な is generally more informal/masculine. I was told that you tend to use ね as an emphasis if you are a) a female yourself or ...
3
votes
2answers
390 views

Can girls use だよね?

Can girls use だよね in everyday conversations?
2
votes
1answer
217 views

The positive ~じゃない

Just how feminine is it? How odd would it be if a male speaker said it? I have found one example of someone male using, in a piece of fiction: Lest レスト、 the main character of Rune Factory 4 ルーンファクトリー4、...
2
votes
2answers
323 views

What are the meaning of the sufix ちゃん in an adult man?

Hi one of my japanese friends calls my other friend with the suffix ちゃん but he is a man and is older than her so I dunno if this is a correct way to use this suffix between a woman (younger) and a man ...
1
vote
1answer
118 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
203 views

What is the function of よ in this context, and is this よ a deliberate imitation of “feminine” てよだわ言葉?

In the Ghibli film The Castle of Cagliostro, there is a scene where Lupin, a male character who mainly makes use of stereotypical-masculine language throughout the whole movie, utters the following ...
1
vote
2answers
478 views

Sounding slightly effeminate in Japanese

Sorry if this has already been asked somewhere or if this is an unconstructive question... I feel that my English speech is sometimes a bit effeminate (in informal conversation, that is). I would ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Regarding the word あたくし [duplicate]

It seems too formal for casual use, but too casual for formal use. In what sort of situation would anyone use あたくし?
1
vote
0answers
513 views

How important is gendered language in reality? [closed]

Many people say that gendered language is especially important in Japanese. To a point, I can understand this, but only to a certain distance. For example, if I (Fe/male) were to say 'Wow, that show ...
0
votes
1answer
147 views

Can a 皇帝 be female? [duplicate]

What would the word for empress (other than of Japan) be? Please give me the word for a ruling empress.
0
votes
1answer
191 views

Could ルフレ be considered a gender-neutral name?

In the Fire Emblem: Awakening game, the avatar character — that is, the main character whose name and gender you pick — has a default name. In English, the default name is Robin, because the character ...
0
votes
3answers
285 views

Does the term 女性語 identify words only used by women?

Women speak with certain word differences when compared with men and I want to verify if this term is used to describe them. Thank you.
0
votes
2answers
103 views

What final sentence particle can replace の and is used more commonly by men?

の has a female connotation and I wanted to obtain some alternative final sentence particles.
-1
votes
2answers
201 views

Is おっすused by both men and women?

I know the term means hi or hello, but is it used by both genders? Thank you.