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Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/21 22:36
what do japanese children now a days call their grandfather?
my friend told me, you can call him jiichan.
but it's too long. i want a short one.
is their a short japanese name for grandfather?
by jion (guest)  

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 09:49
JiJi
by jin (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 10:11
"Jiijii" is common
by piko (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 10:20
My father is called "jiiji" by his grandchild.
by ajapaneseboy rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 11:44
"jiichan" is too long?? It's only two syllables. It's very short. What are you thinking of? A one letter word? It does not exist in Japanese.
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Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 12:22
"O-jiichan" (with a polite "o-" at the head) would be a common way. As Chopo mentioned, "Jiichan" is only two syllables, not long at all :)
by AK (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 13:28
That's not long at all. What you're looking for something like "gramps"?! -_-!
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Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 14:15
It also depends on how you want to be perceived or how close you are to your granpa.
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Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 14:33
Anyway, as AK said, schoolchildren commonly call their grandfather "o-jiichan".
"jiji" and "jiijii" are baby talk.

About to call "jiichan", I feel he live together with his grandfather or meet frequently.
by ajapaneseboy rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/22 22:13
If "jiichan" is too long, just call him "G". That'll sound cool.

Whatever, just don't call him "ji-jii" with a longer second sylable. There is a huge difference between "jii-ji" and "ji-jii".
by Uco (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Japanese for grandfather 2014/1/23 17:44
Well, technically, "jiichan" is four "syllables," or morae (ji-i-cha-n)--or maybe four and a half, depending on how "cha" is counted--and "gramps" would parse out to gu-ra-m-pu-su" or five morae. So, as Japanese words go, "O-jiichan" or "Jiichan" is fairly short. Go with it!
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