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Posted 9/16/08 , edited 12/23/08
I don't mean to be rude, but I think this subject needs some clearing up...

Family Terms (talking about someone else's family in a conversation) :**
Gokazoku ご家族 = family
Goryoushin ご両親 = parents
Otou-san お父さん = father
Okaa-san お母さん = mother
Onii-san お兄さん = older brother
Onee-san お姉さん = older sister
Otouto-san 弟さん = younger brother
Imouto-san 妹さん= younger sister
Ojii-san おじいさん = grandfather
Obaa-san おばあさん = grandmother
Oji-san おじさん = uncle
Oba-san おばさん = aunt
Musume-san 娘さん = daughter
Musuko-san 息子さん = son

Family Terms (talking about your family in a conversation) :
Kazoku 家族 = family
Ryoushin 両親 = parents
Chichi 父 = father
Haha 母 = mother
Ani 兄 = older brother
Ane 姉 = older sister
Otouto 弟 = younger brother
Imouto 妹 = younger sister
Sofu 祖父 = grandfather
Sobo 祖母 = grandmother
Oji おじ = uncle
Oba おば = aunt
Musume 娘 = daughter
Musuko 息子 = son

The first set of family terms that I put are used in that way because you are being polite and you're giving respect to the other person's family with the usage of "-san" at the end.

** = when you're addressing your own family, or calling out to them, you use Family Term #1. You're also talking to them with respect. But since they are people you know very well, you can use other honorific terms, but only if it's alright with them (such as "Okaa-chan")

Side note: you may sometimes hear "Chichi-ue" or "Haha-ue" when people are talking to their parents or other members. The "-ue" is another honorific that makes you super, super polite.
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Posted 9/20/08
chan is use for people younger tha you right.??
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Posted 9/20/08

x-aya-chan-x wrote:

chan is use for people younger tha you right.??


It can be used for anyone, actually, as long as the other person is comfortable with it.
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Posted 9/24/08
ohh.all this time i thought it's for younger person.ugh!anyways.thanks for enlightening me!
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Posted 9/24/08
Ah, iie
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Posted 11/7/08
uhmm... -chan is used mostly towards girls. It is used to show endearment and familiarity, and to show childish cuteness too. It can be used towards little boys, pets or even lovers.
That's it:))
[Ofcourse I knew it because I'm half japanese]
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Posted 11/7/08
It is mostly used for girls, yes, and all that you said. "-chan" is also used to tease people, lol
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Posted 11/7/08 , edited 11/7/08
I added the Kana for the family terms. I forgot to put them in there
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Posted 11/8/08
Thanks for the terms
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Posted 11/8/08
is "sama" respecting someone older than you?
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Posted 11/8/08

-ashlee wrote:

is "sama" respecting someone older than you?


"-sama" is an honorific that's higher than "-san" that means you have great respect for the person, or they're of higher rank than you and require that sort of respect.
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ohh...thank you! :]
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Posted 11/15/08
Umm If i am talking to a younger sister what would i say? i mean since she is not older than me...
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Posted 11/15/08
Nvm lolz
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Um... hi... can i ask... wat is Cousin in Japanese?
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