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How to say I In Japanese

Posted by Ken Cannon







Here’s 43 more examples of characters from the 3 anime series I often use within my videos. If you have any requests for other characters or series not listed, I will be happy to list them as long I have knowledge of them.
Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward Elric - ore
Alphonse Elric – boku
Roy Mustang – watashi
Winry Rockbell– atashi
Father – watashi
Solf J. Kimblee – watashi
Lust – watashi
Gluttony – boku
Greed – ore
Sloth – ore
Wrath/ King Bradley – watashi
Pride- watashi
Selime Bradley - boku
Izumi Curtis – watashi
Hohenheim – ore
Marcoh – watashi
Olivier Armstrong – watashi
Naruto
Naruto Uzumaki– ore
Sasuke Uchiha– ore
Sakura Haruno– atashi
Kakashi Hatake– ore
Orochimaru – watashi
Kiba – ore
Shino – ore
Hinata – watashi
Choji Akimichi– boku
Shikamaru Nara– ore
Ino Yamanaka– atashi
Rock Lee – boku
Might Guy – ore
Jiraiya – washi
Inuyasha
Inuyasha – ore
Kagome Higurashi– atashi
Miroku – watashi
Sango – atashi
Kikyo – watashi
Sesshomaru – refers to himself in the third person (ultra cocky/high and mighty)
Naraku – watashi
Myoga – washi
Totosai – washi
Jaken – washi
Kohaku – boku
Rin – atashi






Ken Cannon
 
Video Transcript
1)     I'm Ken Cannon and Welcome back everybody! To another one of my ever so cla ssy Japanese YouTube Lessons! Now today I’m gonna cover something I touched upon in an earlier video, and also something very very important to learning Japanese.
2)      So important in fact that according to my analysis carries the number one, most commonly used word in all anime!
2) Can you guess? Ok so maybe you don’t have to since you can all probably read, and YouTube has placed a lovely title above. But none the less, today’s lesson is about the Top Ten Most Commonly Used Japanese Anime Pronouns!
3) Specifically, this is part one, the top 5 ways to say the word I. Since, unlike English, Japanese has literately dozens of different ways to say the words I and YOU.
4) Now this . supposed confusing aspect about Japanese is actually one of my favorite parts of the language. The reason for this is because each different word actually carries a unique intonation about the personality of the speaker. Don’t worry though, this will all make sense at the end of the video.
5) Another note before I begin is that Japanese pronouns are often omitted in casual speech, simply because it’s usually obvious who the speaker is talking about. Personally I think English is too Pronoun happy anyway.
6) Yet another note is that I’m going to be teaching the anime uses of these words. The difference is that anime is very commonly much “ruder” than real life. Obviously right? I mean, were fighting demons and death gods here, you gotta be a little rude. Just to be safe though, if you’re addressing any non-evil beings be a little more careful.
7) Ok enough with the chit chat, let’s get started! The number 1 Japanese pronoun and, the number 1 Anime word of all time is…Ore! This version of the word “I” is used mainly by males who wants to appear tough or rough in some way.
(Pronunciation guide)
8) Now in actuality when I said this is the most commonly used word in all anime, I’m really just referring to shounen anime (or anime for boys) since this term is 99% of the time said by males. And on average the word ore is repeated about 10 times per episode, and is usually heard from the main character of the series.
“kuso!” “Ore” will never give up! I’m going to destroy you! Hemorrhoids!
9) There also exists an interesting combination of the words, ore, and -sama, to mean something like “the almighty me” This is a phrase you might wanna use if you’re very cocky, or an asshole…
10) Here’s some well know characters that are known to use the pronoun “ore”
(anime clips)
11) Ok! Moving on to the second most commonly heard pronoun in anime, Watashi. In anime “Watashi is mostly heard from older men or woman and or in formal situations.
(Pronunciation guide)
12) Now if you’re currently learning Japanese this is one of the very first words you’ll come across. This is because it’s is a very safe version of the word “I” Unlike ore which could come across as very cocky or immature watashi is probably the term you’d use with someone you didn’t know very well.
13) In anime this is the standard for most girls, but for guys is heard mostly from older non-main character males.
Bakana! Ano baka ga sono hemrroids wo taoshita koto to wa! Watashi wa shijirarenai.
14) And here’s noteable characters that use watashi.
(Anime clips)
15) Alright pronoun number 3! Atashi, Atashi comes from the word “watashi” and is used mainly by girls who want to appear cute in some way.
(Pronunciation)
16) Now atashi is pretty much the norm for most side character love interests.
“Help me! Ken-kun!”
 “OK, now push the plunger in an up and down motion!”
17) Now in real life girls who use this pronoun might be seen as a little immature, and guys who use this might be seen as a little homo-sexual.  So girls make sure to use it mainly with you girlfriends, and guys..you can… use it with your uhh… boyfriends..
18) In any event, as with the rest of these words, be careful on how you use them.
19) Ok here’s some popular character that are know to use atashi.
(anime clips)
20) The 4th most commonly used personal pronoun is Boku! This is sort of the boy version of the pronoun atashi, and is used mainly by younger or less mature boys.
(pronunciation guide)
21) Now in real life, this version of the word “I” is perfectly normal for an adult male to use in an informal situation. However in anime it’s much different, as most males prefer either ore
23) (cocky bastards)
23) or watashi (old bastards).
24) There’s a lot of bastards in anime…
25) now males who use boku in anime are either very young, below high school age…or are generally seen as a bit childish, cowardly; sterile … you get the idea.
Yoshi! Boku ga dekiru yo!
(smacks spider) toriya!
Yatta! Zama miro yo! Kowai Kumo-chan!
26) I should also note that in anime you may sometimes hear a girl use this pronoun. These girls are either tom-boys… or generally confused about their gender.
27) Heres some characters that are known to use boku..
(Anime clips)
28) Alright and the 5th and final most common version of the word “I” is…Washi! This is again something you’ll hear a lot more in anime than real life, but it’s generally used by extremely old characters
29) or dinosaurs… smile
(Pronunciation guide)
30) Ok the usage of this pronoun is generally dying out…
31) much like it’s users (smile)
32)  but is most always heard from the old wise “mentor” character of the series…
“Back In my day, I was the greatest hemorrhoid fighter there ever was…”
33) Now if anyone else were to use this phrase it would simply sound like there imitaeing an old man, nothing more.
“Now where did I put my Viagra…”
34) Here’s some notable characters that have been know to use washi..
(Anime clips)

35) OK  to recap, the top 5 ways to say I in Japanese are…Ore – rough and tough, Watashi – Mature and formal, Atashi – Cutesy and girly, Boku – Childish and immature, and Washi – Old and wise… and old (smile)

Ken Cannon

16 comments:

  1. You should reference more Dragon Ball mate.

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  2. No he shouldn't. I have nothing against the DB, but...

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  3. Hey Ken :/ Is the class really full? like...no more students....ever ( Not even after the current students already went though the whole entire corse?)
    Because i really want to do this... Knowing the class is full kinda puts me in that dark corner of lonley-ness.
    Plz respond asap.

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  4. Same here, enjoyed your videos would love to take part in the whole thing.

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  7. do "washi" is sometimes being used by young ones?

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  8. while reading and reviewing, i found myself laughing as i imagine and recall the anime people whom i heard referring themselves as such...
    LOL

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  9. i didn't know "boku" is used by some kind of immature or childish characters. :D
    "Boku wa kira janai!" - Light Yagami :D
    great vid. i learned a lot. :D

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  10. To Aru Majutsu no Index please :) and season two :)

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  11. ahhhhhh made i mistake i say atashi when ever im talking to some one boy or girl. when im talking to a boy should i use watashi instead?

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  12. Ken! :) thanks so much for taking the time to teach all of us! I'm actually feeling the same as GuitarMaster X7and jonahrockson. Are you going to be doing another course and if so, how long do you think it will be until registration begins for it. I hope you can e-mail us the moment you have time to do so, I'm actually very eager. Your videos make all of this just go by faster because its so fun, every video makes me laugh :P you're so goofy. Really hope to hear from you soon!
    Arigato!!! ^_^

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  13. Arigatou Ken-sensei! I have learned so much this past month. Sugoi! O(*^v^*)O

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  14. uh well i liked the videos but how would a tomboy like girl say {I}

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  15. i really love the videos and if i could join as a student that means i'd have to fly all the was to America since i live in scotland. But seriously i would come just to join

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  16. Awesome video Ken! I'm always learning something from you everyday.

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