古い which means ‘old’ can’t be used to describe people.

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On this page, you can learn a couple of different Japanese words for ‘old’. It is important to use them appropriately.

To describe things

ふるい(古・い)means ‘old’ and it is used to describe things.

Example

old TV

ふるいテレビ

old idea

ふるいかんがえ

To describe people

There are a few Japanese words to describe people who are old.

  • 年をとっている(とし・をとっている)- most common
  • 年ぱいの(ねん・ぱいの)- polite word
  • 年よりの(とし・よりの)- could be impolite

Example

old man

年ぱいの男せい