Family in Japanese

In today’s free lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your family in Japanese. Practice your Japanese pronunciation as you listen to the audio, and while you’re at it – take a closer look at the different ways to say 'my' in Japanese.

How to pronounce family in Japanese

Let’s look at some immediate family members:

ちち

chichi

father

はは

haha

mother

わたし の りょうしん

私の両親

Watashi no ryōshin

My parents

あに

ani

older brother

あね

ane

older sister

おとうと

otōto

younger brother

いもうと

imōto

younger sister

How about your extended family? 

おば

oba

(my) aunt

おじ

oji

(my) uncle

そふ

祖父

sofu

(my) grandfather

そぼ

祖母

sobo

(my) grandmother

わたし の いとこ

私の従兄弟(従姉妹)

Watashi no itoko

My cousins

わたし の しんせき

私の親戚

Watashi no shinseki

My relatives

Now for some romantic relationships:

わたし の つま

私の妻

Watashi no tsuma

My wife

わたし の おっと

私の夫

Watashi no otto

My husband

わたし の ボーイフレンド

私のボーイフレンド

Watashi no bōifurendo

My boyfriend

わたし の かれし

私の彼氏

Watashi no kareshi

My boyfriend

わたし の ガールフレンド

私のガールフレンド

Watashi no gārufurendo

My girlfriend

わたし の かのじょ

私の彼女

Watashi no kanojo

My girlfriend

Now, can you use these words in a sentence to describe your family?

わたし の あね(いもうと) は にほん に すんで います

私の姉(妹)は日本に住んでいます

Watashi no ane (imōto) wa nihon ni sunde imasu.

My older sister (younger sister) lives in Japan

わたし の あに(おとうと) は せ が たかい

私の兄(弟)は背が高い

Watashi no ani (otōto) wa se ga takai.

My older brother (younger brother) is tall

Now you're all set to describe your family in Japanese. 

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