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How to say Friend In Japanese?

KanjiHiragana
友達ともだち
Pronunciation: tomodachi
How to Say It Outloud: toh-moh-dah-chee
Usage: general term for friend
Example Sentence Japanese:彼は私の友達です。
Example Sentence English:He is my friend.
KanjiHiragana
友人ゆうじん
Pronunciation: yūjin
How to Say It Outloud: yoo-jeen
Usage: more formal term for friend
Example Sentence Japanese:彼女は私の友人です。
Example Sentence English:She is my friend.
KanjiHiragana
仲間なかま
Pronunciation: nakama
How to Say It Outloud: nah-kah-mah
Usage: can imply a close friend or a comrade
Example Sentence Japanese:彼は大切な仲間です。
Example Sentence English:He is an important comrade.
Katakana
フレンド
Pronunciation: furendo
How to Say It Outloud: fuh-ren-doh
Usage: loanword from English, less common in daily conversation
Example Sentence Japanese:彼は私のフレンドです。
Example Sentence English:He is my friend.

Dictionary

友達ともだちCommon wordjlpt-n5
Noun
  • friend; companion
友人ゆうじんCommon wordjlpt-n3
Noun
  • friend
味方みかたCommon wordjlpt-n3
Noun
Noun which may take the genitive case particle 'no'
  • friend; ally; supporter
Noun
Suru verb
Intransitive verb
  • taking sides (with); supporting; standing by; backing up
友ともCommon wordjlpt-n3
Noun
  • friend; companion; comrade; pal
Noun
  • accompaniment; companion (e.g. book); complement; accessory
知人ちじんCommon wordjlpt-n2
Noun
  • friend; acquaintance
交友こうゆうCommon word
Noun
  • friend; companion; acquaintance
Noun
  • friendship; companionship
仲間なかまCommon wordjlpt-n3
Noun
  • companion; fellow; friend; mate; comrade; partner; colleague; coworker; associate
Noun
  • group; company; circle; set; gang
Noun
  • member of the same category (family, class)
親友しんゆうCommon wordjlpt-n3
Noun
  • close friend; bosom friend; buddy; crony; chum
仲良しなかよしCommon wordjlpt-n2
Noun
Noun which may take the genitive case particle 'no'
  • close friendship; close friend; good friend; bosom buddy; chum; pal
交遊こうゆう
Noun
Suru verb
Intransitive verb
  • friendship; companionship; fraternity; comradeship
朋友ほうゆう
Noun
  • friend; companion
兄弟きょうだいCommon wordjlpt-n5
Noun
  • siblings; brothers and sisters
Noun
  • brothers
Noun
  • siblings-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law
Noun
  • mate; friend
幼なじみおさななじみCommon word
Noun
  • childhood friend; friend from infancy; old playmate
友垣ともがき
Noun
  • friend
お友達おともだち
Noun
  • friend
Noun
  • child (one does not know); another child; other children
友朋ゆうほう
Noun
  • friend
友つ人ともつひと
Noun
  • friend; comrade; companion
顔なじみかおなじみCommon word
Noun
Noun which may take the genitive case particle 'no'
  • acquaintance; friend; familiar face
フレンドフレンドCommon word
Noun
  • friend
アミアミ
Noun
  • friend

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