1two3 asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

What does “uchi” mean in Japanese?

I don’t mean house, I mean “Me/I”. I’m not sure of its exact usage. Is it just like “watashi”? Are females more inclined to use it than males or vice versa? Is it casual, polite, or what?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    the Japanese word "UCHI" has deep meanings in Japan... I suppose you should read a book about Japanese UCHI in the future if you continue to study Japanese... now I've searched to find any good sites to explain it but I couldn't find.

    anyway, simple explanation of uchi.

    you can't replace Me/I with uchi automatically. uchi is used to mention ' where someone belongs to'.

    uchi no kaisya wa hasan sunzen desu.

    Our company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

    uchi no syatyou

    the president of our company / our boss

    uchi no hito

    my husband

    uchi no yatsu / nyoubou

    my wife

    uchi no kodomo

    my child

    uchi

    my house ( not a house, MY house in this case )

    uchi he oide yo.

    come to my house.

    both of male and female use this word. and it's casual. there were women who used uchi as I /me in the past but nowadays it's rare.

    Source(s): native Japanese speaker
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  • blango
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Uchi Japanese

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  • 5 years ago

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    What does “uchi” mean in Japanese?

    I don’t mean house, I mean “Me/I”. I’m not sure of its exact usage. Is it just like “watashi”? Are females more inclined to use it than males or vice versa? Is it casual, polite, or what?

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  • Evelyn
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    4 years ago

    In Japanese there is the concept of 内&外 meaning literally "inside and outside" If you are "in the group" you are uchi. If you are "outside the group" you are soto (or gai depending on the context. Hence the word 外国人(person from an outside country) Uchi is used in western Japan by women to instead of "Watashi" It holds the meaning of "house" and "in my group" as well as "me" Uchi only exists in the context of Soto

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes.It means "watashi=I,me"

    Other mean ..

    My home,my family, my company,

    Kansai region people say "uchi" instead of "watashi"

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  • 1 decade ago

    "uchi" does means house yes. And the root of the word "watashi" is "private" and it is used for the word "I" in English. It can be used in any kind of way. You won't be rude to say watashi.

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  • Neilly
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    4 years ago

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    it's hakata ben, from fukuoka, it means i. for example. uchi tte gakusei da ken. it's the same as watashi wa gakusei dakara. in english it means " because i am an student". うちとうしさんに it means something like " to me and the cow"

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