Two kinds of give in Japanese

Do you know there are two kinds of “give” in Japanese?

In this video, I explain the difference.

After watching them, you can use them confidently!


Give in Japanese 

The verb “give” is あげます agemasu in Japanese.



I gave Mr. Tanaka a present.

たなかさんに プレゼントを あげました。

Tanaka san ni purezento wo agemashita.



Want to learn “receive”?

Check this post. “How to use “Give” and “Receive” in Japanese?”



Sentence structure of “あげます agemasu (give)

Give (something) to (someone)

(someone) (something)  あげます。

(someone) ni (something) wo agemasu.


Be careful!

You need to use two particles, に ni and を wo show a receiver and an object.


The special verb “Give to me” in Japanese

We Japanese have one more verb, which means “give to me.”

It’s “くれます kuremasu.” 



Mr. Tanaka gave me a present.

たなかさんは (わたしに) プレゼントを くれました

Tanaka san wa (watashi ni) purezento wo kuremashita.


*As “くれます kuremasu” indicates “give to me,” you don’t have to mention “わたしに watashi ni.”


It’s a very unique verb. Please memorize it, everyone! 😊


Recap: Two kinds of “give” in Japanese 

In the Japanese language, we have two kinds of Give.

One is ordinally “give” 

あげます agemasu.


Another one is the special “give to me” verb.

くれます kuremasu.



The sentence structure of these two verbs is the same.

However, as “くれます kuremasu” indicates “give to me,” you don’t have to mention “わたしに watashi ni (to me)” part.


Give (something) to (someone)

(someone) に (something) を あげます。

(someone) ni (something) wo agemasu.


Give (something) to me

(わたしに)  (something) を くれます。

(watashi ni)  (something) wo kuremasu.


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