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Japanese Word for "Friend"

The Japanese word for friend is tomodachi. It's phonetically pronounced "toh-moh-dah-chee".

Here are the two kanji that make the Japanese word for friend. The first kanji means friend/friendship in a more abstract sense, and the second one means reaching or attainment.

The kanji for friendship--pronounced toh-moh The kanji for reaching--pronounced dah-chee

There's also an equally common way to write tomodachi. Because the second kanji is a bit complex, you use the first one and just write the second one in hiragana:

Hiragana for mi, pronounced mee Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

And here's how to write the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi, in hiragana:

Hiragana for to, pronounced toh Hiragana for mo, pronounced moh Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

To say somebody has become your friend, just say "[Person's name] wa watashi no tomodachi ni narimashita".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words


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