【BOKU, ORE, WATASHI】
In Japan, there are many words for talking about oneself.
For men in particular, in addition to watashi, there are boku, ore etc.
A person will use the above three words differently depending on who they are
Commonly used in public places ― watashi
When speaking to a person somewhat close ― boku
When speaking to a subordinate or someone very close ― ore
Japanese men use the above three words tactfully depending on who they are
speaking with and the situation.
When meeting for the first time, “watashi,” when you have become somewhat
close with them, “boku,” and when you have become very close with them, “ore.”
Those who study Japanese usually start from “watashi.” You should try using
“boku” as well.
“Ore” is very difficult to use properly. If you use it in a first meeting, you may give a
rough, negative impression.
Please try observing the words that people around you are using.
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I’ve been told that typically, one is not supposed to use anything other than “watashi” as a woman. Or at least, I got some giggles when I used “boku”.
My boyfriend uses “ore” 95% of the time (he’s that kind of guy, lol). The only time he uses “boku” is when he’s trying to be polite to someone he doesn’t know at all (shop staff, customers, or company people). He uses his own name with me but doesn’t say watashi.