Are you curious about the name of each family member in Japanese? In this article you will increase your vocabulary and kill this curiosity by learning about kazoku [家族] in Japanese.
Remember that in Japanese, there is a difference in telling about your family member or someone else’s family member. There are also suffixes that can be used according to the formality of the conversation.
Article Summary - Family Members in Japanese - Members of other families in Japanese - Others family members in japanese - Nihongo Vídeos
Family Members in Japanese
There are different ways of referring to family members in Japanese. Below we present the main ways to refer to your family members:
|家族||かぞく||kazoku||Family Members / Family|
|伯父||おじ||oji||Uncle (Older than Dad)|
|叔父||おじ||oji||Uncle (Younger than Dad)|
|伯母||おば||oba||Aunt (Older than Dad)|
|叔母||おば||oba||Aunt (Younger than Dad)|
|夫婦||ふうふ||fuufu||Married / Couple / Husband and Wife|
|義理の兄||ぎりのあに||giri no ani||Brother-in-law (older than you)|
|義理の弟||ぎりのおとうと||giri no Otouto||Brother-in-law (younger than you)|
|義理の息子||ぎりのむすこ||giri no Musuko||son in law|
|義理の~||ぎりの~||giri no ~||~ no blood relation|
Members of other families in Japanese
Remember that it is not wrong to call your family members by the names below. On the contrary, it may be more common to call your parents oka-san and otto-san than haha and pee. Then the list below may also apply to members of your family.
The difference from the previous list and the list below is education and respect. Using the terms below you are being more respectful, while the above list is a more informal, childish or intimate way of saying it.
|ご家族||ごかぞく||go kazoku||Someone’s family / family members|
|お爺さん||おじいさん||ojii san||Grandfather / Old Man / Elderly|
|お婆さん||おばあさん||obaa san||Grandmother / Old Woman / Elderly|
|伯父さん||おじさん||oji san||Uncle (older than his father)|
|叔父さん||おじさん||oji san||Uncle (Younger than Dad)|
|伯母さん||おばさん||oba san||Aunt (older than dad)|
|叔母さん||おばさん||oba san||Aunt (Younger than Dad)|
|お父さん||お と う さ ん||Otou san||Dad|
|お兄さん||おにいさん||onii san||Older brother|
|お姉さん||おねえさん||onee san||Eldest sister|
|弟さん||おとうとさん||Otouto san||Younger brother|
|妹さん||いもうとさん||imouto san||Younger sister|
|ご夫婦||ごふうふ||go Fuufu||Married / Couple / Husband and Wife|
Others family MEMBERS in japanese
|親子ー||おやこー||oyakoo||parents and sons|
|従姉||いとこ||itoko||older cousin (female)|
|従妹||いとこ||itoko||younger cousin (female)|
Although younger and older cousins are written the same way. Be careful because they use different ideograms to identify whether the individual is older or younger, male or female, just like brothers in Japanese.
Nihongo Vídeos – Family in Japanese
The videos below can help you train pronunciation and your vocabulary. They are kind of childish but it helps to understand the pronunciation. I hope you enjoyed the article. If you liked it, share it and leave comments.