Japanese Lesson 5 (Feminine and Clothes)

Duration: 30 mins

The 5th Japanese lesson teaches the use of the gender by creating the feminine from the masculine form. In addition to that, I included a vocabulary list about clothes and finally common phrases about origins. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Japanese Classes.


Knowing how to derive the feminine from the masculine form is very useful. It can make it easy to have a conversation about family members, pets, or professions. An example would be: "man", "woman", "Cat (fem.)", "cat (masc.)" etc.

Below is a list of 12 masculine and feminine forms that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Japanese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Masculine vs. Feminine in Japanese

Feminine Japanese
Boy少年 [shoonen]
Girl少女 [shoojo]
Man男 [otoko]
Woman女 [onna]
Father父 [chichi]
Mother母 [haha]
Brother兄弟 [kyoudai]
Sister姉妹 [simai]
Actor男優 [danyuu]
Actress女優 [joyuu]
Cat (Masc.)猫(オス) [neko (osu)]
Cat (Fem.)猫(メス) [neko(mesu)]

Now we will try to implement some of the forms above into full Japanese sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Japanese Gender in a Sentence

English Japanese
He is tall彼は背が高い。 [Kare wa se ga takai.]
She is tall彼女は背が高い。 [Kanojo wa se ga takai.]
He is a short man彼は背の低い男です。 [Kare wa se no hikui otoko desu.]
She is a short woman彼女は背の低い女です。 [Kanojo wa se no hikui onna desu.]
He is German彼はドイツ人です。 [Kare wa Doitsu jin desu.]
She is German彼女はドイツ人です。 [Kanojo wa Doitsu jin desu.]
Japanese men are friendly日本の男性は親しみやすい。 [Nihon no dansei wa shitasimi yasui.]
Japanese women are friendly日本の女性は親しみやすい。 [Nihon no josei wa shitashimi yasui.]


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Vocabulary List about Clothes

Below is a list of 20 words related to clothes and wearable accessories. Memorizing them by heart can make it easy for you to shop for clothes and maybe get some good bargains.

Clothes List in Japanese

Clothes Japanese
Beltベルト [beruto]
Clothes服 [fuku]
Coatコート [kōto]
Dressドレス [doresu]
Glasses眼鏡 [megane]
Gloves手袋 [tebukuro]
Hat帽子 [bousi]
Jacket上着 [uwagi]
Pants (Trousers)ズボン [zubon]
Ring指輪 [yubiwa]
Shirtシャツ [shatsu]
Shoes靴 [kutsu]
Socks靴下 [kutsusita]
Suitスーツ [suutsu]
Sweaterセーター [sētā]
Tieネクタイ [nekutai]
Umbrella傘 [kasa]
Underwear下着 [sitagi]
Wallet財布 [saifu]
Watch時計 [tokei]


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Daily Conversation in Japanese

Finally, these are a couple of phrases used in conversations to express where you are from or where you live etc. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Japanese Phrases page.

Common Expressions in Japanese

Do you like my dress?あなたは私のドレスが好きですか? [Anata wa watashi no doresu ga suki desuka?]
I lost my socks私は私の靴下を失くした。 [Watasi wa watashino kutsusita wo nakushita.]
It looks good on youそれはあなたによく似あいます。 [Sore wa anata ni yoku niai masu.]
She has a beautiful ring彼女は美しい指輪をしている。 [Konojo wa utsukushii yubiwa wo siteiru.]
These pants (trousers) are longこれ等のパンツ(スポン)は長い。 [Korera no pantsu (zubon) wa nagai.]
These shoes are smallこれ等の靴は小さい [Korera no kutsu wa chiisai.]
Where are you from?どこの出身ですか? [doko no shusshin desuka?]
I'm from the U.S私はアメリカ出身です。 [Watasi wa Amerika shusshin desu.]
I'm American私はアメリカ人です。 [Watasi wa Amerika jin desu.]
Where do you live?どこに住んでいますか? [Kokoni sun de imasu ka?]
I live in the U.S私はアメリカに住んでいます。 [Watasi wa Amerika ni sunde imasu.]
Do you like it here?あなたはここが好きですか? [Anata wa kokoga suki desuka?]

Fun Facts

Language Quote: It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000..

Congratulations! You finished your 5th lesson in Japanese about masculine, feminine, and clothes. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Japanese Lesson 6. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Japanese homepage.