How to Talk About Yourself in Japanese

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Find out how to talk about yourself in Japanese. Learn practical Japanese in this free video series on questions and telling about yourself.

Part of the Video Series: How to Speak Conversational Japanese
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Video Transcript

YUU ASAKURA: We have been talking about yourself. So let's talk about the person you're speaking to. In Japanese, you is anata. Or you can use the word kimi, which is not as popular as anata. Anata is very polite and it's very gentle, so you can use it anytime. Kimi has a little bit authority in it. So when I speak to, let's say my students or my employees, I might use the word kimi. But you may hear this word, so just for your information, you can use this, too. And basically, it's the same structure. So you can use anata wa something, something desu. Let's say anata--let's say you are an American. Anata wa America-jin desu. That's correct. So when you meet someone in Japan, someone beautiful or handsome, you can say - somebody's pretty - you say: Anata wa kawai desu or Anata wa kirai desu. Kirai is beautiful. Or somebody is so handsome, you can say: Anata wa kakoi desu. Kakoi means handsome, cool.


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