How to say members of a family in Japanese

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Kanji house - 家

The Kanji 家 (いえ – ie) mainly means house build but also some time this kanji represent family in Japanese.

Followings are some family related Japanese words.

  • 家族 (かぞく – kazoku) — family
  • 家庭 (かてい – katei) — home
  • (ちち – chichi) — father
  • (はは – haha) — mother
  • (あに – ani) — elder brother
  • (あね – ane) — elder sister
  • (おとうと – otouto) — younger brother
  • (いもうと – imouto) — younger sister
  • (わたし – watashi) — myself

These words are usually used when we are talking with outside of family members and among own family members we use different words. For example;

When we call father, we say “お父さん – otousan” and for mother we say “お母さん – okaasan”

And for elder brother, “お兄さん – oniisan”, for elder sister, “お姉さん – oneesan”.

And when parent call his or her kids, they call the first name of their kids or add “ちゃん – chan” after the first name; like this “葉月ちゃん – hazuki chan”.

Kanji Stroke Order for 家

Japanese Word for House

Stroke Order for 家


  1. Jess says:

    This wrong. Father can also be Otoosan(あ父さん), Mother Okaasan(あ母さん). But Elder Brother is pronounced Oniisan(あ兄さん), Elder Sister Oneesan(あ姉さん), Little Brother Otooto(あ弟と), Little Sister Imooto(い私と). You use these woeds in everyday conversation’s.

    • admin says:

      Jess thank you for the comment.

      But you are not correct. The letter “あ” is pronounced “a” (not “o”).
      And Japanese word for younger sister is written “妹” (not “い私と”).
      One more, one of your English spelling is not correct; “You use these “woeds” in everyday “conversation’s”.” should be “You use these “words” in everyday “conversations”.”


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