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How to call family in Japanese for kids

Written by Kaori sensei

I told you about speaking about daily life in Japanese. The next step is to talk about people close to you. Family is the closest thing to a child. Let’s get ready to introduce your family!

Relative Name

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This is what the family is called for children in general.
For adults, it is also different. In adittion, the name also differs depending on whether it is your family or another family member.
Please refer to the table below.

Let’s introduce your family member

Kazoku wa otōsan to okāsan to imōto to inu desu.

かぞく は おとうさん と おかあさん と いもうと と いぬ です。
  • Kazoku : family
  • [Noun] to [Noun] : [Noun] and [Noun]

imōto no namae wa Kana desu. 5(go)sai desu.

いもうと の なまえ は かな です。 5さい です。
  • Namae : name

Let’s count your family member

Once you can introduce each person, you should be able to say how many siblings or cousins you have and how many pets you have.

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People are based on “nin” and animals (Not all, except birds, rabbits, and large animals) are based on “hiki”. However, the sound changes depending on the number of connections. These are the こcounter that cause headaches for learners of Japanese.

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How to introduce my family member and number?

Here is today’s summary. Let’s introduce your families, siblings, and pets, along with their numbers.

kyoudai ga imasuka?

きょうだい が いますか?( Do you have siblings?)

Onēchan ga hitori imasu.

おねえちゃん が ひとり います。( I have one older sister )

Otōto ga hitori imasu.

おねえちゃん が ひとり います。( I have one older sister )
  • [animal / human] ga imasu : I have [animal / human]

Neko ga nihiki imasu

ねこ が にひき います。( I have 2 cats )

For children, it is very fun to be able to talk about their families in Japanese. Children are also very good at learning the names of animals and numbers. So, learn lots of new things with this topic!

Let’s practice

About the author

Kaori sensei

Japanese online teacher, live in Kamakura, Japan. She is currently working as a language teacher and online Japanese experience host to introduce Japanese culture to the world. She originally worked as an engineer at a Japanese company, so she is familiar with Japanese business culture too.

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