Friday, February 25, 2011

All in the family

Partial continuation of the previous lesson! These aren't strictly honorifics per se but there are certain ways to address family members that you should know.
  • "onii-" or "nii-" = older brother
  • "onee-" or "nee-" = older sister
  • "otou-" = dad
  • "okaa-" = mom

For example "Onii-chan" to address an older brother or "Otou-san" to address your dad. Incidentally, it should be noted that it is not uncommon for husbands/wives to refer to each other as "Otou-san" or "Okaa-san" if they have kids. 

See you next time!

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