Post Reply How Do U Say "Miss" in Japanese?
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Hey everyone.

I can't figure out what "miss" is in Japanese. You know, like if ur meeting someone or u see someone on the street and you're a stranger, they're a stranger, how do u say "excuse me miss?" I looked online and it looks like FOR SOME REASON, u have to either know their name or identify them by their profession/status in order to have some way of addressing them.

So like u know chef-chan or something, before u can add chan or san, u need to know something about them :/.

this is ridiculous lol
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Onee-san? (Oh-Nay-san)
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17

Omni42 wrote:

Onee-san? (Oh-Nay-san)


Thank you! I thought this only like applied to brothers and sisters, but I realized that was onii-chan or something.

I was like seriously going mad wondering wtf this was. It was like there was no word for "miss or sir" u just had to address them by something, even white-apron-chan if they were wearing an apron -_-.

there's also ojousan
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Be wary of saying Onee-san to a complete stranger. Kids get away with it as it seems cute and is somewhat respectful but for an adult male to call a woman who is a complete stranger "Onee-san," will make you seem very creepy. As context someone may proposition a girl in the seedier parts of town after first calling her "Onee-san."

Onii-san is the equivalent word for males who are older than you. As with the female expression it is okay for use in families or from a kid to an older kid/teenager but it would sound odd from one adult stranger to another. As context a gang member may call their gang leader "older brother" using the variant term "aniiki / anii."

It is safer to use the equivalent of "you" until you know their name, at which point you just say their name with -san on the end to make it respectful. "Kijou" is a polite way of saying "you" and is primarily used for women you think are unmarried.

There are many ways of saying "you," with variations of politeness, the gender of the person you are referring to and the perceived social status of the other person. However, unless you choose one of the really derogatory phrases, a Japanese person should be willing to make allowances for a gaijin trying to speak their language.
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Just say "sumimasen", I believe.
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When you greet strangers on the street who are males, always called them onii-chan. It's a little bit familiar, like calling them "bro". With females, use onee-chan. They will giggle and want to take a picture with you.

In general, with people you don't know, in shops or on the street, "bakayaro" always works. As in "Oi! Bakayaro!" with a big confident smile. It's like saying "hi friend" or something.
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17

sena3927 wrote:

When you greet strangers on the street who are males, always called them onii-chan. It's a little bit familiar, like calling them "bro". With females, use onee-chan. They will giggle and want to take a picture with you.

In general, with people you don't know, in shops or on the street, "bakayaro" always works. As in "Oi! Bakayaro!" with a big confident smile. It's like saying "hi friend" or something.










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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
https://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/comments/2nncho/how_would_you_address_you_to_a_stranger/

This Reddit thread might be helpful; remember context matters a lot in Japanese.
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Sumimasen. "Excuse me."

Don't force gender into it or you become a creeper.
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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/16/17
a: "excuse me miss"
b: "i'm a guy!"
a: "sorry miss"
b: "..."

OT: just say "excuse me" or something similar.
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