|How many You's are you Japanese ?|
I call you in three ways according to your social position and the situation. In official place, I call you "anata". I use "omae" to my wife and subordinate in close relation. And I use "kimi" if you are not close relation and not superior.
As same as words for I, there are a number of words for pronoun you. Can they be called pronoun? Here I prepared a table of you's
You will notice when you hear japanese talking each other, the word for you "anata" is hardly heard. In english conversation, "you" is one of the most frequently used words. In japanese conversation, subject word and object word can be neglected when they can be easily guessed. "Did you heard that news?" is often expressed like as "News heard ?" and the reply is "heard", in reality "kiita yo". "kiita" is "heard". "yo" is a difficult explain word. It strengthens the former word and also expresses the familiarity to the speaker. There are several words like this. And their use have some diffence by gender. "kiita yo" of female is in most cases "kiita wa" or "kiita wayo".
* A remark is provided about the way of scripting japanese using a,b,c.... There are many other variations in local tongues.
To German speakers, A German, Nora translated this page into German please take a look at it.Here is the japanese words for I.