Sep 26, 2008

How to say dog and cat in Japanese

The word for dog in Japanese is inu.
The word for cat in Japanese is neko.

inu - dog


neko - cat

We can make two new words from the words for cat and dog. If we want to make the word for puppy and kitten, all we have to do is add the word for small or ko 小.

小 + 犬  = 小犬, koinu
small + dog = puppy

小 + 猫 = 小猫, koneko
small + cat = kitten

In review:

inu - dog
neko - cat
koinu - puppy
koneko - kitten

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