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First Person Pronouns, or, Ways to Say “I” in Japanese

First Person Pronouns, or, Ways to Say “I” in Japanese

The most common first-person pronoun and second-person pronoun you will come across in formal Japanese instruction are 私 (わたし/”watashi”) and あなた (“anata”), respectively. But if you’re anything like me and spend a healthy, or even unhealthy, amount of time indulging in Japanese pop culture, you might be wondering the contexts of the other not as commonly used pronouns. So here’s a quick run-down of just that, with the first-person pronouns.