See also:

TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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Han characterEdit

(radical 115 +2, 7 strokes, cangjie input 竹木戈 (HDI), four-corner 22930, composition)

  1. private, personal
  2. secret

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 849, character 5
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 24913
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1271, character 2
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2589, character 6
  • Unihan data for U+79C1

CantoneseEdit

HanziEdit

(Yale si1)


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(grade 6 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. Private, personal.
  2. I, me.

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

(hiragana わたし, romaji watashi)

also read as (わたくし, watakushi) more formal
also read as (あたし, atashi) generally only used by women when referring to themselves
  1. I (first person pronoun)

Usage notesEdit

わたし is the usual polite term for referring to oneself; わたくし is formal, and only used in certain circumstances, such as by TV announcers or public figures such as politicians. Conversely, it is too formal for casual conversation, where terms like (for men) are preferred.

See alsoEdit


KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(sa) (hangeul , revised sa, McCune-Reischauer sa, Yale sa)


MandarinEdit

HanziEdit

(Pinyin (si1), Wade-Giles ssu1)


VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(, tây)

Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 12:53