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Here's the most common Japanese word for family:

kazoku
かぞく
家族

Meaning:

a family

Pronunciation:

Say "kah-zoh-koo" aloud several times. Each vowel should be equally articulated. Then, try to make all the vowels short. The last "u" sound is so short that the "ku" sound becomes almost like "k." Be careful not to overemphasize a certain syllable.

Tips:

Now that you've learned "kazoku(家族)," you should learn Japanese words for family members as well:

kyoudai (kyodai, or kyohdai)
きょうだい
兄弟
(brothers)

ani
あに

(an older [a big] brother)

otouto (ototo, or otohto)
おとうと

(a younger [a little] brother)

shimai
しまい
姉妹
(sisters)

ane
あね

(an older [a big] sister)

imouto (imoto, or imohto)
いもうと

(a younger [a little] sister)

haha (formal)
はは

(a mother)

okaasan (okasan, or okahsan) (casual)
おかあさん
お母さん
(a mother)

chichi (formal)
ちち

(a father)

otousan (otosan, or otohsan) (casual)
おとうさん
お父さん
(a father)



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