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Japanese Me Myself and I | Japanese Language | Linguistics

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Learning foreign languages, simple phrases, words and grammar.
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  Watashi/Watakushi : It's the regular, polite way of saying I . In commonspeech, most men do not use it, because it sounds too feminine and goody-goody. However, certain cool guys like Zechs Marquis in Gundam W andKing Endimyon in Sailor Moon have been known to use it; [ watakushi ]does have a touch of regal dignity to it with some people. [In other cases, itadds] a certain degree of androgynous coldness and detachment, [as it is inthe case of] Cell. Women very often use it in different levels of speech. Makes you sound like a good girl, but it's ok. Lilina Dorian's[Relena Darilan, Gundam Wing] incessant use of watakushi--an extremelyformal form of I --annoys the hell out me.[Dot's note: the stereotypical well-bred and/or snobby girl--such as Sumirefrom Sakura Wars or Karin from the Street Fighter series--will use watakushi in conjunction with very polite speech patterns to emphasize herstatus as upper class.] Atashi : That's the very popular feminine version of watashi. Used ineveryday conversation, it sounds fresh, cute and sometimes flirty (used byBulma, Usagi, etc, etc...) Don't say 'atashi' when you speak with the Emperoror some high-ranked dudes you don't know well (like, let's say, the principalof your school...) Boku : For little boys and some young men. Sounds cute and sweet, butsometimes a little too much like mama's little man (again, it depends onthe situation ) Heard out of the mouths of Gohan, Goten (as a kidonly). Some tough girls use it, shocking all the decent people out there(think of super cool Tia Not Yoko, in  Bastard! ) Ora : Used in familiar male speech, but more like some kind of rural patoisthan standard speech. The only person I've ever heard say it so far is Gokuand Chi-Chi; provincial women often use male speech, like adding the maleparticle -zo after a verb. Ore : the tough, slangy male I . No need to say, don't speak like that whenaddressing the president unless you don't give a s***, like a certain SaiyajinPrince we all know. It's used by most high school, college students and menin general among familiar company; then it doen't necessarily sound likegangsta speech. Little boys who want to show how tough they are use it;think Chibi Trunks. It's also interesting to notice that Goku, when he turnsSSJ for the first time after seeing Friza kill Kuririn, says ore instead of hishabitual, nicer , sweetie-pie ora --that's because he's seriously pissed...Thanks, Celine!  Here's some more that I found while reading comics and watching anime: atai --an even more abbreviated form of atashi , as far as I can tell onlyused by men (or very agressive-sounding women). sessha --a rather old, and very humble, form of self address. The onlyEnglish equivalent in modern language would be yours truly, but thislowly/unworthy one is closer to what it actually means. It's probably whatservants and/or samurai use to when addressing their masters. Kenshin of   Rurouni Kenshin uses this form of self-address. uchi --an extremely cutsey way of referring to yourself. Lum's accent ,which in addition to calling herself  uchi , tags -tcha to the end of everysentence, was an actual speech pattern employed by pre-teen girls at thetime. ware --generally a term of self-address used by adult males over 30; moreoften than not heard in gangster-type films as wareware , we .
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