hey i saw your post about how to say you’re NB in japanese and that’s super cool but i have a question. So using “jibun” can work as a personal pronoun? because i’ve seen it as such but i also thought it was closer to use it for the word “oneself” rather than a simpler “i” or “me”. Also it might mean “yourself” in kansai dialect or something? Could you expand on that if it’s not too much trouble? please and thanks
( re: this post )
自分 (”jibun”) is a reflective pronoun that generally refers back to the person using it. how it translates into English is simply a matter of grammar (ie. what grammatical role it’s serving within a sentence).
例 / example:
JP： jibun wa betsu ni nattou ga kirai wake janai kedo sa…
EN：it’s not like i particularly hate natto or anything, but…
JP：jibun no tanjoubi sae mo wasurechatte, chou hazuashii.
EN：i can’t believe i forgot my own birthday. how embarrassing!
JP： yuka ni enpitsu wo mitsukete, dare no ka tte omotetara, yappari jibun no datta.
EN：i found a pencil on the floor and wondered whose it was, but it was mine after all.
JP：eeh, chotto matte. shiken ni zurushita hito ga itteta tte, jibun no koto desu ka?
EN：whaa, hold up. you mentioned someone having cheated on the test, were you talking about me??
JP：mukashi no jibun wa ima no jibun to chigauzo!
EN：i’m not the same today as i was in the past! (lit. “the old me is different from current me!”)
as for 自分 / jibun being used to mean “yourself” etc in Kansai-ben, i’m not familiar enough with Kansai-ben enough anymore to really comment on that, but in general it’s sometimes used that way (or as a general, collective “themselves”) when it refers back to the subject of a sentence. in such cases, it’s not really a dialectal thing, it’s just a standard feature of Japanese. again, it really just depends on grammar, and in this case context.
例 / example:
JP：ashita no ensoku desu ga, minna wa sorezore jibun no obentou ya suitou wo wasurenai you ni.
EN：about tomorrow’s excursion, don’t forget to bring your own lunch / water bottle. (or “…don’t forget everyone needs to bring their own lunch and water bottle.”)
JP：nande kamu suru tabi ni aite wa itsumo jibun no koto shika kangaenai no darou.
EN：why is it that every time i come out to someone, the person i come out to only ever thinks about themself??