Introduction of Pronouns

Content:  Introduction of Pronouns, Writing Practice – Hiragana sounds (A,I, U, E, O)


Aim:  How do we say who we are in Japanese?


New Vocabulary: (We will cover the hiraganas in ( ) in later chapters.)




English (Spanish)



I for formal and I for female



I for informal for male


watashi tachi


nata (あなた)





anata tachi

you - plural (vosotros)





kare ra

they – males or mixed gender group (ellos)





kanojo tachi

they – females (ellas)

gakuse / seto


Gakusei / seito


sense (せんせい)




  I. Lesson  Point:


In Japanese, nouns are made plural by the use of plural compounds used with pronouns, by using counters or adverbs, or by the context of the sentence. There is essentially no plural form for nouns, everything is singular.  In the example above the word for student is the same whether it refers to one student or one hundred students it is still the same.


Sample Sentences: 


Watashi wa gakusei desu.  (I am a student)

Watashi tachi wa gakusei desu. (We are students)

Kare wa gakusei desu.  (He is a student)

Karera wa gakusei desu. (They – males-  are students)

Kanojo wa gakusei desu. (She is a student)

nata wa sensei desu (You are a teacher)

Kanojo wa sensei desu. (She is a teacher)

Kanojo tachi wa sensei desu. (They – females – are teachers)


  I. Mini-Quiz: (Test your knowledge)


Part A: Write the English word in the spaces provided.


Watashi                                          _________________________

Boku                                               _________________________

Watashi tachi                                  _________________________

Anata                                              _________________________

Anata tachi                                      _________________________

Kare                                                _________________________

Kare ra                                            _________________________


Part B: Fill in the blanks


a.     _______ wa gakusei desu.   (they – males-  are students)


b.     _______ wa _______ desu.  (she is a student)


c.    ________ wa gakusei desu  (we are students)



Quiz Answers:


Part A: I (female), I (male), we, you, you (plural), he, they (male plural)

Part B: a. karera, b. kanojo, gakusei, c.watashitachi



Fun Fact:


You may have heard that Japanese people use the word “San” after a person’s last name when they are speaking to another person in the formal senseHowever did you know that there are different suffixes that people use after a person’s name to address them based on the level of the relationship?  Here are the most common examples:


1.    Tanaka sama – “sama” is used after someone’s last name in a very formal setting.

2.    Tanaka san or Kaori san – “san” is used after someone’s last or first name in a formal or working environment.  Especially when the person you are speaking to is older than you or of a higher rank than you.

3.    Kaori chan – “chan” is a term of endearment that is used to address a female who is younger than you or someone who is very close to you.

4.    Keiji kun – “kun” is used in the same way as chan but is only for males.



  Writing Practice: Hiragana (A, I, U, E, O)




Practice writing the following words in Hiragana

 Blue  - Ao - ___________________(あお)

House – Ie - __________________ (いえ)

3.    Love – Ai -  ____________________(あい)

4.    Up – Ue - ______________________(うえ)

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