10 Ways to Say I or Me in Japanese

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Watashi? Boku? What’s the Difference? Are There Other Ways to say ‘I’ or ‘Me’ in Japanese?

According to social status, gender and the situation, there are many ways to say ‘I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese. Usually, the Japanese learning textbook only shows you the usage of Watashi (私).

It doesn’t show you how to change the first person pronoun due to different situations in daily life. This blog will show you 10 ways in common use to say ‘I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese.

We’ve also made a more in-depth guide on Japanese first-person pronouns. Check them out here. After that, don’t forget to check out our other guide on how to say ‘you’ in Japanese

1. Watashi (わたし/私)

Most-frequently-used word to say ‘I/me.’ It’s a modest way to express yourself in any situations. Also, it’s used on a formal occasion or speak to someone who is superior.

2. Watakushi (わたくし/私)

It’s a more polite way than Watashi. It’s used on official occasion. The Imperial Family use Watakushi when they make a speech.

3. Atashi (あたし)

A feminine variant. For informal occasions, the person you are speaking to is a friend or junior.

4. Atakushi (あたくし)

It’s a female variant which more polite than Atashi.

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Uchi

5. Uchi (うち)

It’s first pronoun for female in Kansai dialect on informal occasions.

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Washi

6. Washi (わし/儂)

It’s used in the Kansai area for elder man. Common use on old man character in game or animation.

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Boku

7. Boku (ぼく/僕)

A semi-humble pronoun for young men. Common use on boys.

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Ore

8. Ore (おれ/俺)

Men use on informal occasions. A casual way to say ‘I,’ usually be pair with ‘Omae (お前, you.)’

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Jibun

9. Jibun (じぶん/自分)

A gender-neutral word often adopted by military personnel or athlete.

how to say 'I’ or ‘me’ in Japanese - Ware

10. Ware (われ/我)

Formal, used in the article as self-proclaimed. People use it for speech, meeting, or discussion. Often used in the plural as Wareware (我々, we.)

Also, there is more way to say ‘I’ and ‘me.’ The pronoun is in relation to whom you are speaking to and the occasion. By learning Japanese language, you have the opportunity to practice it and you will be able to put it into use. It helps you to tell the nuances in the Japanese culture.

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