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Japanese Word for "Little"

The Japanese word for small is chiisai. That's pronounced "chee-sai".

The kanji for chiisai is very simple, so if you are just trying to use the adjective "little", you need to write all three characters:

The kanji for little--pronounced chee Hiragana for sa, pronounced sah Hiragana for i, pronounced ee

Here's how to write the Japanese word for little in hiragana:

Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee Hiragana for i, pronounced ee Hiragana for sa, pronounced sah Hiragana for i, pronounced ee

The Japanese kanji for little most often shows up in combination with other kanji. For instance, if you put together the kanji for little and the kanji for school, you get "elementary school".

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


Did you know...
In Japan, Christmas is celebrated without any religiosity. It's purely a time to exchange gifts.


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