“em1” has asked me to put up a few lessons. So, this is the first. This one is about family.
So, let’s take a look:
haha mother (when you are talking about your own mother)
okaasan mother (when you are addressing your own mother or talking about someone else’s mother)
chichi father (when you are talking about your own father)
otousan father (when you are addressing your own father or talking about someone else’s father)
oneesan (nee is pronounced “neh”) older sister
oniisan older brother
imouto younger sister
otouto younger brother
obasan aunt (yes, they look similar, but grandmother has a longer baahhh sound, eg. grandmother – obaahhhhsan, aunt – obasan)
There are many, many more, but I will save the rest (cousins, distant relatives, etc.) for another lesson.
Any questions, just leave me a post.