I and My in Japanese - Watashi, Atashi, Boku, Ore
There are many ways a person may refer to themselves in Japanese. Hopefully this page can help you sort out the various ways. Ways currently covered include: watashi, watakushi, atashi, atakushi, boku, and ore. Below this you will find out how to say My in Japanese.
How to Say I in Japanese
Watashi / Watakushi
The most common way for people in Japan to say I is watashi. Watashi is the standard form of I and is used by both men and women of all ages. It is considered perfectly okay to use in formal situations, but if you need to be especially formal, you can choose to use a variation of watashi instead. By adding the syllable 'ku', you can create the word watakushi. Watakushi is considered very formal and as such, isn't used nearly as often as the standard watashi.
Kanji: 私 (Both watashi and watakushi share the same kanji.)
Hiragana: わたし (watashi), わたくし (watakushi)
Atashi / Atakushi
Similar to watashi is the word atashi (all that is missing is the leading 'w'). Atashi is generally used by younger girls or women trying to sound more feminine or cute. Though atashi is an informal way for females to refer to themselves, it, like watashi, also has a more formal variation. By adding 'ku', atashi becomes the more formal equivalent - atakushi.
Hiragana: あたし (atashi), あたくし (atakushi)
An informal way for males to refer to themselves is boku. Boku is generally used by boys and young men, but its usage has recently made its way into the vocabulary of some young girls as well.
An informal and sometimes even rude or vulgar way of saying I is ore. This is a distinctly masculine form of the word and is typically used by men or boys trying to sound tough. It is considered to be very informal.
How to Say My in Japanese
Saying my in Japanese is incredibly easy once you know how to say I. Simply take your chosen word for I and add no.
Watashi no / Watakushi no
Atashi no / Atakushi no
Watashi no enpitsu desu – This is my pencil
Atashi no tomodachi desu – This is my friend
Boku no inu desu – This is my dog
Ore no kuruma desu – This is my car
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