sama,san,chan...etc ??!
Posted 1/28/08
i see alot of animes but there 's something i didn't get it they always say sama or san or chan or done or kun after they call the character name would any 1 tell me what that spouse to mean ?
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Posted 1/28/08
Formalities right?
Kinda like saying sir, mister, misses, mam

Based on my knowledge.

Kun- Guys
San- Girls/Guys
Sama- Girls/Guys (More formal)
Dono- Girls/Guys (A bit formal)
Chan- Girls/guys (More cute)


Kun and San are used more
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Posted 1/28/08
well if u read or watch allot of anime ull get a pattern going
Posted 1/28/08

KuRRopT wrote:

Formalities right?
Kinda like saying sir, mister, misses, mam

Based on my knowledge.

Kun- Guys
San- Girls/Guys
Sama- Girls/Guys (More formal)
Dono- Girls/Guys (A bit formal)
Chan- Girls/guys (More cute)


Kun and San are used more



Correct. Same is also used for people you respect like lords for example.
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Posted 1/28/08

hypervalor wrote:

Isn't San used as for Mr. (insert name here)

So random-san = mr.random? lol


San is unisex and more for of the same age group

chan is younger or same age gal or to ridicule a guy.... older most of time we call her obaba
Posted 1/28/08

hilm wrote:

i see alot of animes but there 's something i didn't get it they always say sama or san or chan or done or kun after they call the character name would any 1 tell me what that spouse to mean ?


sama-mister
san- addressing an unknown older person respectfully
chan or kun- adressing someone you know fondly. Like how i will adress you if we were friends, hilm-chan.
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Posted 1/28/08
has any1 heard of Han???...cos it was in GetBackers the whip guy called the beast dude *insert name*-han
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Posted 1/28/08
There's heaps of different ones I've encountered but can't remember all
Like chin, which I think is an more cuter version of chan
Kokoro-chin ~

Are stuff like 'han' and 'chin' actually used? Or were they made up.
Posted 1/28/08
there are really different ways...

i get confused also...

it depends on the person you're addressing to...

i agree with eliz3...sama is used for higher ranking people...or someone you really look up to....

san..male or female...ÿou use it when you refer to the person you are talking to and to avoid confusion...used as substitute to anata (you) since married couples in japan address each other anata (darling)...

kun...male or female...but usually used to address males...

chan...you only use it to someone you really know...a close friend for example...or someone younger than you and also a close friend...
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Posted 1/28/08
those are called HONORIFICS used by Japanese to add to the surnames or names...


SAN is the most common honorific and is a title of respect. It is used for the surnames or given names of both males and females. Although in translation san is usually rendered as a common courtesy title like “Mr.” or “Ms.”, unlike these it is never used in self-reference. Using san to refer to oneself makes one appear childish.

San is also used when talking about companies and other similar entities. For example, the offices or shop of a company called Kojima Denki might be referred to as "Kojima Denki-san" by another nearby company. This may be seen on the small maps often used in phone books and business cards in Japan, where the names of surrounding companies are written using san.

Although, strictly speaking, not an honorific title in this usage, san can also be attached to the names of animals or even food products. For example, a pet rabbit might be called usagi-san, and fish used for cooking can be referred to as sakana-san. Both uses would be considered feminine and/or childish (akin to "Mr. Rabbit" in English) and would be avoided in polite speech.

In Kansai, particularly in the Kyoto area, Han is used instead of san.

Kun is an informal honorific primarily used towards males....

Chan is an informal version of san used to address children and female family members. It may also be used towards animals, lovers, intimate friends, and people whom one has known since childhood. Adults can also use Chan if they are really really close to the girl or woman......

The Japanese media use chan when mentioning pre-elementary school children and sometimes elementary-school girls.


Senpai and kohai
Senpai is used to address senior colleagues or mentor figures, As with English titles such as Doctor, senpai can be used either by itself as a title, or with a person's name in place of san. Kohai is the reverse of this. It is used to refer to juniors (but not normally address them: kohai is normally addressed by name +kun....since adrsing someone directly as kōhai would be rude......



Sensei is used to teachers, practitioners of a profession such as doctors and lawyers, politicians, and other authority figures. it is used for someone who has achived a level of degree or skill higher than your own....

with senpai, Sensei can be used not only as a suffix but a title by itself, translating to "Professor" or "Teacher".


Sama
Sama is the formal version of san. This honorific is used primarily in addressing persons much higher in rank than oneself and in commercial and business settings to address and refer to customers. It also appears in words used to address or speak of persons or objects for which the speaker wishes to show respect or deference, such as okyaku-sama (customer) or Tateishi-sama (a stone idolised as a deity). Additionally, Japanese Christians will refer to God in prayer as Kami-sama. -sama is regularly used by the press to mention female members of the Imperial Family (as in Masako-sama).


People will also affix sama to the names of personages who have a special talent or are considered particularly attractive, though this usage can also be tongue-in-cheek, exaggerated, or even ironic.

Example: Sachiko-sama... since she is from a noble family.
and in the OVA where there was also other nobles.. they still call her Oneesama or Sachiko sama since she is beautiful and has amaing talent and is being admired and loved by everyone......


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Posted 1/28/08
its formal i guess. and its polite..
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Posted 1/28/08
Kun- Usually is said when speaking to a young guy, but adults sometimes use it for young girls or students in general.

San- This is used by anyone who is showing respect for another person.. It is often used when a younger person is speaking to an older person.

Sama
- This is often used when speaking to a master of a sort.. A person of high respectability..

Dono- This was originally used by body guards, samurai or ninjas.. It was used when a person would speak to someone that they were working under. Or towards a lord that they respected. (this suffix is almost never used durring this day and age.)

Chan- This is used a majority of a time when a person is speaking casually to a girl, or just speaking to a girl in general. The only time when it is used for males is when they're used as a nickname for them.

Senpai- Is a person who is more experienced. Be it school, or in life..

Kyohai- Is the reverse form of Senpai but cannot be used as a suffix.

Sensei- This is used for Teachers, Professors and Writers. It is often used for people who have a high capability of teaching other people..
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Posted 1/28/08
Shouldn't this be in some help thread?
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Posted 1/28/08
It's more respectable to say those things after a person's name. (:
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Posted 1/28/08
You could probably throw this in the Language thread, rather than make a new topic about it.

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