Have sầu you ever wondered what it means onii-chan, onee-chan, onii-san, onee-san & other Japanese variations? These words are used to lớn refer khổng lồ brothers in the Japanese language và are often heard in anime. In this article we will vì a thorough search to understvà the meaning & difference of these words.

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We have previously written an article talking about the Japanese family members, to rethành viên let's also leave a Clip that our Sensei made about family members below.

Before you start reading this in-depth retìm kiếm and explanation of the different ways lớn say brother or sister in Japanese, we recommend watching our Clip about family members in Japanese.


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Futago - When are twin brothers?

If both are twin brothers, what vì chưng they Call each other? Who will decide lớn be the younger brother or older brother? The Japanese word for twins is futago <双子> which literally means children in pairs or together.

In reality, everyone is already aware that even twins, even when born at the same time, are taken in an order, so those who first came out of the mother's belly are considered older. So it can be said:

futago no ani <双子の兄> twin brother; futago no ane <双子の姉> twin sister; futago no oniisan <双子のお兄さん> older twin brother; futago on oneesan <双子のお姉さん> older twin sister; futago in otouto <双子の弟> younger twin brother; futago no imouto <双子の妹> younger twin sister; tsuin <ツイン> from English twins;

Rethành viên if! Never learn Japanese by studying isolated words. If you are confused about the correct order or way to study the Japanese language. We recommend reading our Study Guide for Learning Japanese.

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The different ways to speak older brother in Japanese

In Japanese there is a hierarchy of treatment, a formal, common and informal language. This is one of the main reasons why there are so many variations and ways lớn say big brother in Japanese. To make it easier, let's put a menu of words below, exemplifying the idea a little:

Remembering that all the words in the danh sách below refer to lớn older sisters or brothers:

descriptionOlder brotherElder sister
Keigo - Too formal - Sovereignonii-sama <お兄さま>onee-sama <お姉さま>
Sonkeigo (brothers from above)aniue <兄上>aneue <姉上>
Formal - Daily life - Commononii-san <お兄さん>onee-san <お姉さん>
A little more informalnii-san <兄さん>nee-san <姉さん>
Without any respectful, informal suffixnii <兄>nee <姉>
Informal and diminutive suffixonii-chan <お兄ちゃん>onee-chan <お姉ちゃん>
Totally informal with diminutive suffixnii-chan <兄ちゃん>nee-chan <姉ちゃん>
Alternative to lớn nii và neeani <兄>ane <姉>
Precious, esteemed, honorableAniki <兄貴>aneki <姉貴>

Aniki it is often used by the yakuza, it is lượt thích a comrade brother, where the character <貴> refers to something precious, esteemed and valuable.

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Kyoudai & Shimai - Other ways khổng lồ talk about siblings

The relationship between younger và older siblings is highly valued in nhật bản, not to lớn mention that the Japanese have a knachồng for placing younger sisters who Gọi their brother onii-chan in anime.

We already mentioned that brother & little sister are imouto <妹> & otouto <弟>, but rethành viên that it is not as comtháng to use suffixes as san <さん> & chan <ちゃん> for younger siblings, but neither is it wrong or unusual.

If you tìm kiếm for younger sister at the jisho you will see that there are infinite ways to convey the idea of a younger sister, however unusual.

If we want lớn speak in the plural brothers & sisters we can use the combination of the ideograms of older brother with younger brother. Speaking in Japanese kyoudai <兄弟> and sisters in Japanese are spelled shimai <姉妹>.

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Kyoudai can encompass all siblings even female, although you can rarely find Kyoudẻo written in other ways using 2 of the 4 characters used for siblings <兄 - 弟 - 姉 - 妹>.

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I hope this article has cleared all doubts about the words onii-chan, onee-chan, onii-san and onee-san, others related to lớn brothers in Japanese like imouto, otouto lớn, kyoudẻo and shimai! Thanks for the comments and shares!

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