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    Question about japanese names.

    Well I'm really used to watch english dubbed animes but since I watched jap. dubbed animes I recognized that there are words like "san","kun","sama","chan" and so on added at the character's name like Ichigo-san and Sasuke-kun. Is it like a respect or something?

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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    Yea, they are all out of respect, I think most of them anywayz. ^-^


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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    They all mean things like san means Mr.
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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    I think they mean things like -san means Mr. and -chan is like a good friend.
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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    They are respect suffixes. They are english equivalent to Mr. or Ms. but they are little more eloborate. It is used to show deference and respect to the person you are talking to. But you cannot add those suffixes to all people's names. The suffix -sama is used to address your master or lord, ex cetera. Stick with the -san prefix. It is most commonly used here in Nihon.

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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    Quote Originally Posted by keitaro15 View Post
    Well I'm really used to watch english dubbed animes but since I watched jap. dubbed animes I recognized that there are words like "san","kun","sama","chan" and so on added at the character's name like Ichigo-san and Sasuke-kun. Is it like a respect or something?
    Yep, all name suffixes. Not all of them are out of "respect", though. You'd use "san" to show some sort of respect for someone you don't know so well, or someone who's older than you. "kun" is normally used on guys, though you may find some adults referring to younger girls with the suffix "kun". (Or, in Ouran Koukou Host-Bu, Tamaki calls Renge "Renge-kun")

    "chan" is one of those fond suffixes. Use? Little kids, family members, close friends. When I say family members, I mean things like onii-chan, okaa-chan, etc. If you were the youngest in the family you wouldn't call any of them by name.

    And it may not seem like it, but relinquishing the suffix sometimes shows disrespect. I can't really explain why, though... watching more anime might help. But this is not always the case (sometimes it denotes familiarity) - in AIR GEAR, Ikki calls pretty much everyone by just their name.

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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    "-san"
    Mr./Mrs/Ms.

    "-sama"
    formal version of "-san"

    "-sensei"
    teacher

    "-chan"
    informal title for girls and women, but can also be used for boys and men

    "-kun"
    informal title for boys and men, but can also be used for girls and women

    "-senpai"
    older student

    "-kohai"
    younger student

    "-dono"
    lord

    "-(job title)"
    example: in Bleach, captains are called [name]-taicho
    I love my girlfriend.

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    Re: Question about japanese names.

    Wow you guys sure knows a lot..... thanks everyone (now I get it.... better go watch more animes).

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