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Unread 11-03-2003, 10:09 AM   #1
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what does "watashi wa" mean you japanese buffs?

what does "watashi wa" mean?

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Unread 11-03-2003, 04:45 PM   #2
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It means "My name is..." im pretty sure.It might mean "hi my name is ..." or just "my name is..." its been a whole semester since ive taken japanese man i guess i should start reviewing for next semester....

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Unread 11-04-2003, 01:51 AM   #3
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Sounds right to me, but I'm also not sure. I haven't picked up my studies in months. I'll ask Jon to post here.
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Unread 11-04-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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Cool, thanks Art for asking me.

"Watashi Wa" could mean "I am *something*". Which, sometimes is used in the context Ashleigh brought up.

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Unread 11-05-2003, 12:40 AM   #5
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"watashi wa" is indeed used as "i am" with "watashi" = "i".

"wa" is a kind of article that japanese use to tell you if something is a subject, a direct object, indirect object, etc...

you would also hear words like "anata o" and "anata wa". with "anata" meaning "you".

japanese also have endings that would tell you if is in the negative like "wakarimasu" and "wakarimasen" or if it is a question "wakarimasu ka?".

i'm not very good at japanese but i can still remember much of what i learned several years ago.
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Unread 11-05-2003, 03:23 PM   #6
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Watashi wa.....would mean I am it is usually used in regards to a female...the opposite is Boku wa (male)

To say 'Watashi wa Mars des' would be, "i'm mars" Japanese is an extremely complex language, so I won't go into the nitty-gritty....

(I'm an american who grew up in japan >_<)
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Unread 11-07-2003, 07:05 AM   #7
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my memory reminds me that:

"boku" is used by males only and only among friends.

the more formal ones are: watashi (less formal) and watakushi (very formal)
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