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Postby breegeek » Mon 11.27.2006 1:56 pm

Ok, after 6 years of learning japanese and thinking myself near fluency, I realized I do not know how to say "3 months old"...


I havent thought of this before. Is it getsu-sai? gess-sai?

It's amazing that I can't find this out.... :o
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RE: age in months

Postby clay » Mon 11.27.2006 2:53 pm

3ヶ月
san ka getsu

赤ん坊は3ヶ月です。

You don't need the -sai for babies since they aren't a year yet.
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Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 11.27.2006 3:31 pm

clay beat me to it.. and he is of course correct.
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RE: age in months

Postby clay » Mon 11.27.2006 4:07 pm

Woohoo! I guess I am 10歳, I mean 天才.
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Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 11.27.2006 4:41 pm

oh brother... (slaps forehead)
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RE: age in months

Postby AJBryant » Mon 11.27.2006 11:18 pm

Of course, traditionally, you don't bother with "months." The kid's a year old at birth. The next new year he gets a year older. (Which is how Tokugawa Ieyasu, born on xii/26, was one of the most "underdeveloped" 2 year-olds in Japan the next week.)


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RE: age in months

Postby clay » Mon 11.27.2006 11:54 pm

That is interesting.

But now baby materials are labeled for 0歳〜3歳 and such. I thought that was interesting since I have never seen a toy labeled 'from age 0 to 3' in English.
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RE: age in months

Postby Dehitay » Tue 11.28.2006 12:18 am

what would the Japanese phrase for "for 3 years and younger" be anways?
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RE: age in months

Postby Oyaji » Tue 11.28.2006 12:59 am

Dehitay wrote:
what would the Japanese phrase for "for 3 years and younger" be anways?


3才以下

4才未満 would also mean basically the same thing.
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RE: age in months

Postby Oracle » Tue 11.28.2006 1:41 am

It's also quite common to add 生後 (せいご "since birth") as well when talking about very small babies eg. 生後3ヶ月
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RE: age in months

Postby Mike Cash » Wed 11.29.2006 4:58 am

AJBryant wrote:
Of course, traditionally, you don't bother with "months." The kid's a year old at birth. The next new year he gets a year older. (Which is how Tokugawa Ieyasu, born on xii/26, was one of the most "underdeveloped" 2 year-olds in Japan the next week.)


Go ahead and give the natural extension of the story by explaining why Japanese women require 10 months to have babies instead of 9 months.
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RE: age in months

Postby paul_b » Wed 11.29.2006 5:03 am

Oracle wrote:
It's also quite common to add 生後 (せいご "since birth") as well when talking about very small babies eg. 生後3ヶ月


There's a (slightly) amusing story about 生後. Try looking it up in WWWJDIC (P.S. Yes, I have submitted an amendment for that entry).
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