Japanese add-ons to names (sama, san, kun, chan)

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I read manga, of course, and in one of them, they use -san, -chan, and -kun alot. Does anyone know when to use those at what time? I dont get how to use them, and I'd like to in my stories/mangas. If you can help me, it'd be very much appreciated, so thanks! ~~<33 Breezy

  • Jul 27, 2008

Takeru623

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I know this.
-san: equivalent to Mr. and Mrs. and a general sign of respect.
-kun: used as a term of familiarity when referring to boys, also used a term of respect.
-chan: used as a term of familiarity when referring to girls or as a playful nickname.
-sama: referring to someone of great respect or a maid/butler referring to their master.

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sama is also used to reference to a kami (god/s) or to a mountain especially to mt fuji-sama mostly because some people that hike on that mountain (inactive volcano) never come back alive and they pray every spring before anyone hikes so that people will return

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kagedarkmode

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There's also "-chin" which, "is like '-chan' but cutesier"

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oh I forgot about "-dono"...it's pretty much like "-kun"

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Hmmm.... :\

sensei is referring to doctor or teacher...

sorry for interrupting... :x

  • Jul 31, 2008

riku1212

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senpai is for older brother or sister in school not in family. :)

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Shadrin

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Heres a nice primer on Japanese honorifics.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Honorifics

  • Aug 11, 2008

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In the manga i read there is almost always a section in either the back or front that explains the more common honorifics.

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  • Aug 11, 2008
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~what about nyan?~~ tnx <3

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  • Aug 21, 2011

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LOl this thread made me realise how old school Angel is.

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