Sunday, November 25, 2007

Family Tree in Japanese

When you introduce yourself in Japanese, introducing your family might be necessary. Let’s look at a simple family tree in Japanese. You are “Watashi”.

Here is usuful expressions.

I have a elder broterh.
→ (Watashi ni wa) Ani ga imasu. /(私には)がいます。

I have a elder sister and younger brother.
→ (Watashi ni wa) Ane to Otouto ga imasu. / (私には)がいます。

How many brothers/sisters do you have?


Anonymous said...

let's see if I can get this right:

San nin ane to ani to otouto ga imasu.

I have a lot of 'ane'!!!

kayanon said...

hey, anoymouse. it's great!

i can write it up like 三人姉と兄と、弟がいます。 in Japanese.

Some may misunderstand you have 3 ane, 3 ani, and 3 otouto in your sentence. so, this might be better, "Ane ga Sannin, Ani ga Hitori, Otouto ga Hitori imasu."

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip!

i see what you mean.

it's interesting to separate them by whether they are older or younger.

I would usually say 'I have five siblings' (a sibling can be a brother or sister) or 'I have three sisters and two brothers'

Anonymous said...

Do people usually say them in a certain order?

I mean, do you usually mention the older ones before the younger ones?

Or brothers before sistes?

kayanon said...

it actually doesn't matter to mention siblings in a certain order. However, we mention older ones first. I guess it's just because of clulture that alwasy respect older people.

kevin said...

Watashi ni wa Ane ga imasu.

Hm, hope that's right. I have an older sister, who always steals my money... D:

Cartoonist62 said...

Not to nit-pick but when talking to your parents you would call them "otousan & okaasan", right? Directly "haha & chichi" could be considered rude, right? Same for the grandparents, when speaking to them it should be "obaasan & ojiisan".

Lucas Galloway said...

Yes that is correct

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