Sep 22, 2008
Japanese words for self
Watakushi 私 is the universal polite Japanese word represting one's self or "me". Watakushi 私 is seldom heard in conversations except the stately diplomatic kind of speeches, banquets and dinners.
Washi -わし is used by older, much older men as an abbreviated form of watakushi
Ore - pronounced like a mix between 'oh Ray', and 'oh day', is used by younger and older men who are tough, and sometimes mean and nasty, or just tough. Any cool male can used this word for me.
Watashi (even atashi)- used by feminine people to signify "me".
Boku 僕 (ぼく)- Me for boys
Ware 我- I, me for the samurai, or Emporers etc.
Watakushi tachi 私たち - Us
Warera 我ら われら - Us (more honorific ort old style)
Waga 我が (Old style)- my
Jibun Jishin 自分自信 - myself
all the above + NO (の) = my. or ours
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