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Post Reply Basic Lesson 4: List of Honorific Explained
Posted 6/27/08
Honorific can be expressions respect or endearment. When addressing someone in Japanese, an honorific usually takes the form of a suffix attached to one's name [example: "Asuna-san"], as a title at the end of one's name, or in place of the name itself [ex: "Negi-sensei" or simply "Sensei"]...
Politeness has always been crtical facet of Japanese culture.


lets start:

-san: This is the most common honorific and is equivalent to Mr., Miss, Ms., Mrs. It is the all-purpose honorific and can be used in any situation where politeness is required.

-sama: This is one level higher than "-san". It is used to confer great respect.

-dono: This comes from the word "tono," which means "lord." It is even higher level than"-sama" and confers utmost respect.

-kun: This suffix used at the end of boys' names to express familiarity or endearment. It is also something used by men among friends, or when addressing someone younger or of a lower station.

-chan: This is used to express endearment, mostly toward girls. It is also used for little boys, pets, and even among lovers. It gives a sense of childish cuteness..kawaii..

Bozu: This is an informal way to refer to a boy, similar to the English terms "kid" and "squirt"

Sempai/Senpai- This title suggests that the addressee is one's senior in a group pr organization. It is most often used in a school setting, where underclassmen refer to their upperclassmen as "sempai." It can also be used in the workplace, such as when a newer employee addresses a employee who has seniority in the company.

Kohai: This is the opposite of "sempai" and is used toward underclassmen in school or newcomer in the workplace. It connotes that the addressee is of a lower station.

Sensei: Literally meaning "one who has come before" this title is used for teachers, doctors, or masters of any profession or art.

Anyway, hope these list are helpful for those people that are confuse about calling the ppl "san" or "chan"......

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Posted 6/30/08
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this is used only when u know the person really well or he/she gives u perfishion. usually perents or close relitives.
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Posted 11/16/08
What does pyon mean? Ive been wondering cause I found it on a website so ive been calling peopel that but...I FORGOT WHAT IT MEANT ._.'
Posted 11/16/08 , edited 11/16/08

xxhinatahyuugaxx wrote:

What does pyon mean? Ive been wondering cause I found it on a website so ive been calling peopel that but...I FORGOT WHAT IT MEANT ._.'


Uhm.. im not sure if pyon is an honorific O-o but i know it's a gitaigo, onomatopoeia. pyonpyon = the sound of a bunny or something hopping or skipping.

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nvm lol apparently it's an honorific that's sorta like a slang? showing that the user is being cutesy or loveydovey :x lol so yeah.. guess i learned something new haha. I would say not to use this with Japanese people, because -chan already sorta covers the same meaning and it seems more polite and more commonly use than -pyon lol
Posted 11/16/08

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xxhinatahyuugaxx wrote:

What does pyon mean? Ive been wondering cause I found it on a website so ive been calling peopel that but...I FORGOT WHAT IT MEANT ._.'


Uhm.. im not sure if pyon is an honorific O-o but i know it's a gitaigo, onomatopoeia. pyonpyon = the sound of a bunny or something hopping or skipping.

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nvm lol apparently it's an honorific that's sorta like a slang? showing that the user is being cutesy or loveydovey :x lol so yeah.. guess i learned something new haha. I would say not to use this with Japanese people, because -chan already sorta covers the same meaning and it seems more polite and more commonly use than -pyon lol


Arigatoooo Gozaimasuuu >_<!!!!!!!!!!!! Yaaay...lol uh can I call guys that? *if i cant then i have to apologise to many people ._.*
Posted 11/16/08 , edited 12/29/08


Lol i guess you could.. but i would think it's more used towards&between girls, if the guy doesnt seem to mind i guess it's alright lol. Demo.. because it's more cutesy and stuff, it could irritate a real macho/uptight guy lol
Posted 11/16/08 , edited 12/29/08


I wonder what would happen if I started calling Hiruma from eyeshield 21 Hi-pyon..XD!
Posted 11/16/08 , edited 12/29/08


Lol, no idea x3 but im glad i could help though let's try not to get offtopic here in this forum so that others dont get confused :]
Posted 11/16/08 , edited 12/29/08


Lol, no idea x3 but im glad i could help though let's try not to get offtopic here in this forum so that others dont get confused :]
sorry its a habit of mine >w<
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Posted 11/20/08
Cool! thanks for posting this! Arigatoo Gozaimashita!
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wakatta.. arigatou ne~~
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tnx for this post!!!
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Posted 12/24/08 , edited 12/29/08


i am also sayin it.!!.ahha.!!.like from gakuen alice - ruka-pyon.!!ahha!!
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Posted 12/29/08
Thanks! but what about -chii??
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