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Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by 涼宮, May 13, 2011.

  1. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    Hello everyone :)

    I am curiois about the familiy thing thanks to someone of this forum. If grandfather is お爺さん、great-grandfather is 曾父祖 and great-great-grandfather is 高祖父, How do I expand that? Because in English would be sufficent with adding as many greats as we want, but in Japanese it seems to have a specific word, if I wanted to say great-great-great-great-great-grandfather (8th generation) how would I say it? What do I have to add to expand the ''generation''?


    よろしくおねがいします :)
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  2. akimura

    akimura Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    We say, ひいおじいさん (great grandfather) and ひいひいおじいさん (great great grandfather). I'm not sure how much it's been accepted grammatically, but we often extend this rule in conversation like, ひいひいひいひいひいおじいさん (great great great great great grandfather). This usage doesn't seem to be accepted in official documents.
     
  3. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    Thank you so much! That's interesting, my dictionary never mantioned that version, What is the kanji of ひい in that case?

    Thank you :)
     
  4. akimura

    akimura Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    ひい is 曾. I didn't know it was the one, though. I've just looked up my dictionary.
     
  5. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    ありがとうございました :)
     

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