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自分

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
ぶん
Grade: 2
on'yomi

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

自分 (hiragana じぶん, romaji jibun)

  1. oneself
  2. I (often shows the speaker's lower position in a hierarchy than the addressee)
  3. (Kansai) you

Usage notesEdit

  • 自分 means “oneself”, with 自分 meaning “by oneself, by one’s own efforts”. By contrast, 一人 and 独り mean rather “alone”. Compare doing an assignment by oneself (without help) versus doing an assignment alone (without any other person around).

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ReferencesEdit

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, ISBN 4095102535.