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Japanese question! brother or sister?

is sister in japanese nee-san/onee-san or nii-san/onii-san? please answer!

your older sister would be ane.

your younger sister would be imooto.

some one else's older sister would be oneesan

some one's younger sister would be imooto san

ani is your older brother
onii san is some one else's older brother.

Those are for other people's siblings. All four are correct.

Ane= my older sister
Onesan= someone else's

Ani= my older brother
Onisan= someone else's

It depends on which sister and whose you're referring to as well as who the speaker is.

The word "ani" is usually used when you are talking about your older brother to people outside of your own family (or people in your in-group).

The world "oniisan" is usually used when talking about the older brother of someone else (someone not in your family).

The same thing goes for "ani" and "oneesan" when you are talking about your older sister or someone else's older sister.

However, when you are talking to another family member about your older brother and older sister, you almost never use "ani" or "ane". Most Japanese people would say "oniisan" or "oneesan" as a way of showing respect for the elder sibbling. Of course, this might sound a little formal so they say "oniichan/oneechan" or "niisan/neesan" or even "niichan/neechan" to make things more casual and friendly sounding.

In very common conversational Japanese, some people might use words like "neesan" and "niisan" to refer to other men or women who are not related to them. In this case, these words don't really mean "older brother/older sister". Instead, it's more like saying "dude" or "babe" or some other casual way to say "guy" or "girl". But, this is very very causal sounding and kinda of rude sounding so I wouldn't recommend it.

I didn't give any other answer a TD. It wasn't mean me, it was someone else.