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Post Reply Would you let someone call you senpai or kouhai?
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Posted 4/21/15

DudeItsMark wrote:

If I were in Japan, I wouldn't mind.

Anywhere else, it would just be weird and it'd reek of weeaboo.


^This

Although I'd secretly love being called senpai in Japan.
Posted 4/22/15
I don't mind.
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Posted 4/22/15
I wouldn't mind but I haven't done anything to earn being called that....
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Posted 4/23/15
I don't know who would,but i dont think i'd care.
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Posted 4/23/15 , edited 4/23/15
If I were in Japan, I wouldn't mind. Anywhere else though, it might feel a little bizarre. Unless they're Japanese, I can deal with that. There's a Korean lady at the local market that I call unni, and there's a Japanese family whose little girls started calling me Nee-chan when they found out I was learning my hiragana and katakana, and I think it's super adorable when they call me that!!
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Posted 4/23/15
I actually have a senior back in highschool who call me kouhai so i call him Senpai.

Clark senpai ! Let's play monster hunter or something like that in breaks and lunch time.
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Posted 4/23/15
If only he/she is actually Japanese or of Japanese descent. Otherwise it'd be kind of creepy.
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Posted 4/23/15
Only senpai, it would bother the hell out of me to be called kouhai. Reason being i don't go off of age,let's say i had started a job a day later than someone who starts calling me kouhai even though i do my job just as good if not better. That would annoy me so much, the way i see it if you have more life experiences than me and have something to teach me i could consider you a senpai, and me a kouhai.

But not just because of age difference, or because that's what society thinks is normal. So because of this i would only liked to be called Senpai, i guess i just feel comfortable that way.
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Posted 4/23/15

JayMunchy wrote:

If only he/she is actually Japanese or of Japanese descent. Otherwise it'd be kind of creepy.


Gotta agree with you here, if they weren't Japanese (or at least speak it) I'd cringe so hard. It's so awkward for me when people who don't know Japanese go around saying the only Japanese words they know.
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Posted 4/23/15
If they called me senpai 24/7, then no. I don't want them calling me that. But if it's just like a few times then sure. Same goes for calling me Kouhai.
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Posted 4/28/15
Senpai and Kohai are not only relative to age but also experience or ranking. But I honestly don't care what people call me.
Posted 4/28/15
I wouldn't care, unless it becomes annoying.
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Posted 4/28/15

rosebudpony wrote:

If we were all living in Japan and fluently spoke the language, would this even be a question?


This
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Posted 4/28/15
Sure. I call many of my peers that are one year below me my juniors, in the assuming case, kouhai. But for them to call me a senpai.... Well, idk how I would feel. I know I would feel odd if it was someone I'm rather familiar with that happen to be my kouhai that called me that.

Since, by that point of familiarity I'm sure I would rather have them call me by my name instead and no honorifics unless they're making my name into some nickname like shortening it out, then I'm find with that. Just not the whole way too formal naming.
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Posted 4/28/15 , edited 4/28/15
I've been called nii-san before. I was helping out some Japanese tourists by driving them to their hotel, since the closest taxi would have been over an hour at the very least. They were talking to each other the entire time, a little bit about me. Kept referring to me as nii-san. Felt kind of embarrassed, so I just kept quiet that I can speak Japanese.

But I've never been called senpai or kouhai. Probably wouldn't care.
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