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Japanese Word for "Grandfather"

The Japanese word for grandfather is ojiisan. Phonetically, you'd pronounce it "oh-jee-sahn".

Here's how to write ojiisan, the Japanese word for grandfather:

Hiragana for o, pronounced oh Hiragana for sa, pronounced sah Hiragana for n

And here's how to write ojiisan in just hiragana:

Hiragana for o, pronounced oh Hiragana for ji, pronounced jee Hiragana for i, pronounced ee Hiragana for sa, pronounced sah Hiragana for n

Ojiisan is the polite way to say "grandfather". You'd use it when referring to someone else's grandfather. The humble way of referring to your own grandfather in Japanese is sofu

Here, you can write it in just kanji:

And here's how to write sofu in hiragana:

Hiragana for so, pronounced soh Hiragana for fu, pronounced foo

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


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