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Japan, most young children call themselves by their own names. They
call themselves in the same way as their parents call them, instead
of using "watashi" or "boku", like "Kenta
kore taberu" (meaning: I will eat this or lit.Kenta will eat
this ). Besides, it is not unusual that they say their names with
"chan" or "kun" attached.
I told this to a person from an English-speaking country, he was
surprised, so I wondered why it is like this in Japan. My guess is
that because parents always ask like "Ayachan mo tabetai?"
(Do you also want to eat this? Or lit. Does Aya chan also want to
eat this?) without using the word "atana", children
learn to talk like "Un, Ayachan mo tabetai" (Yes, I also
want to eat it).
gradually grow to use "ore" because it sounds strong and
cool. It is cute when little boys about 4 - 5 years old say "ore"
imitating older boys. Some boys say "boku". Girls grow to
use "watashi" and "atashi", and recently so many
girls say "uchi". But a few girls still call themselves by
their names even in high school.
heard that in English-speaking countries, children use "I/my/me"
even when they are very young. How about the children in your
is about the Kanto region. Maybe there are some regional differences
in the vocabulary.
★今週の語彙 This week's vocabulary
region (Seven prefectures - Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Gumma,
Tochigi and Ibaraki)