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Posted in: How should a guy say 'I' in Japanese? Japanese women give their opinions See in context

Lol, it's been the question haunting me during all of my study abroad. During the first month or so, I mostly used boku. Then I eventually settled it that way:

Use watashi in class and with teachers of course.

Use boku with other students I met at school.

Use ore with the residents of my international dorm, who were kind of my "in-group". It was a way to show that I was relaxed there and didn't worry about being formal. Plus, as a 24-year old guy (kind of a senpai, older than the majority of my friends there who were about 20-21), I felt it was okay for me to be assertive and use ore.

However! I think the comment that "ore sounds weird in a gaijin's mouth" is true, at least to some Japanese people. I've had one girl straight up laugh at me when I used it, and tell me that boku is better. Another one, actually a good friend, after a few drinks, mustered up the courage to tell me that she thinks boku would be better to use.

So I came back to boku and think I'll stick with it from now on, unless I'm in an izakaya with a bunch of guys and everyone is using ore.

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