Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 years ago

How do you say brother and sister in Japanese?

I want to know...heh heh...^_^

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    Ach, mein Gott. Comparing German to Japanese..

    First of all, the difficulty of a language actually depends on which languages you speak.

    Seeing as you speak English, it will be slightly difficult compared to most.

    Japanese is a pro-drop subject-object-verb language, whereas English is a non-pro-drop subject-verb-object language. This statement shows how different they are. This means that in Japanese, the pronouns are often (if not always) dropped, unlike in English, and the word orders are completely different. For example, "The child ate the apple" would be translated as "Ano ko ringo o tabemashita" - "The child - the apple - ate". On top of that, they have a wholly separate set of verbs to study for formal use, as there is the difference between the levels of formality.

    And then there is writing. In order to become confident with calling yourself literate in Japanese, you must master at least 1,500 kanji (characters) in reading and writing after studying Hiragana and Katakana -- that is how much an average high school graduate in Japan does. An average adult in Japan would know how to write around 2,000, number and order of strokes and all. But in reference to only reading, a high school graduate in Japan would be able to read at least 4,000 kanji.

    In conclusion, the pursuit of mastering Japanese will be quite a challenge, so it needs a lot of thought.

    On the other hand, German is a non-pro-drop SOV language with a set alphabet of twenty-six letters, majority of which you already use in English and Spanish.

    It is also an Indo-European language, so English and Spanish is in the same language family. Furthermore, English and German belong to the Germanic language classification in that family, which highlights how much more similar they are. There are many similar words that sound the same but are spelled differently, or otherwise are spelled the same but pronounced differently but have the same meaning. Fun stuff.

    Although German also have a set of formal and informal speech separately like Japanese, the language itself is a whole lot easier, as well as will likely serve to be more useful to study than Japanese, as it is more commonly spoken.

    In conclusion, Japanese is more difficult to study than German. So if you're looking to study a harder language, choose accordingly.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It depends on whether it's your older or younger brother or sister.

    Older Brother:

    Oniisan / Ani

    (pronounced o-NEE-san, anee) (Japanese: お兄さん/兄)

    (the first when addressing your own brother or talking about someone else's [honorific], the second when you are talking to someone else about your own brother)

    Older Sister:

    Oneesan / Ane

    (pronounced o-NEH-san, aneh) (Japanese: お姉さん/姉)

    (as above)

    Younger Brother:

    Otouto (pronounced "otOH-to") (Japanese 弟 )

    Younger Sister:

    Imouto (pronounced "imOH-to") (Japanese 妹 )

  • 4 years ago

    brother = kyoodai

    older brother = ani/aniki/niisan/niichan

    younger brother = otooto

    sister = shimai

    older sister = ane/aneki/neesan/neechan

    younger sister = imooto

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