The Names of the Fingers for Children

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    The Names of the Fingers for Children

    子ども向けの指の名前


    In my post yesterday, I introduced the common names of yubi (指 – meaning “fingers”) in Japanese.
    昨日は、日本語における一般的な指の名前を紹介しました。

    Today, I would like to talk about other names of the fingers that are commonly used for children.
    今日は、子ども向けによく使われる指の名前を紹介します。

    Otōsan-yubi (お父さん指): The literal meaning is “the father finger,” and it actually refers to the “thumb.”
    お父さん指:親指のことです。

    Okāsan-yubi (お母さん指): The literal meaning is “the mother finger,” and it actually refers to the “index finger.”
    お母さん指:人差し指のことです。

    Onīsan-yubi (お兄さん指): The literal meaning is “the elder brother finger,” and it actually refers to the “middle finger.”
    お兄さん指:中指のことです。

    Onēsan-yubi (お姉さん指): The literal meaning is “the elder sister finger,” and it actually refers to the “ring finger.”
    お姉さん指:薬指のことです。

    Akachan-yubi (赤ちゃん指): The literal meaning is “the baby finger,” and it actually refers to the “little finger.”
    赤ちゃん指:小指のことです。

    In other words, each finger is likened to a family member.
    すなわち、それぞれの指を家族に見立てているというわけです。

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