Home › Forums › The Japanese Language › 小さい vs. 小さな This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Joel 9 years, 8 months ago. Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts April 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm #44721 Jack KaganMember On another vocab website for Japanese, I learned that the word for small was 小さな, but on here when I learned the 小 kanji in season two, it said that the word for small was 小さい. What’s the difference? April 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm #44723 JoelMember No real difference, just one is an い adjective and the other is a な adjective (but one that’s always pre-nominal). You’ll also find 大きい and 大きな. There’s historical reasons behind it, I suspect. Author Posts Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.