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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    Quote Originally Posted by kedar
    Abu covered everything! They are used to show respect for others, basically. For example, you will have to call me: Sagara-Kun. Haha. It is other respect suffix in Japanese. However, it is the not the only language that employ those suffixes...

    Sanscrit has multiple number of those suffixes...care to know a few?

    1) _____-Ruu. It means sweetie or little one. Mostly used by parents or older people towards younger people.

    2) _____-Sami. Have the same meaning as the Japanese suffix -Sama. Means lord or honored. However, they are used mainly associated with martial artists.

    There are several others...if you wish to learn PM me, dude.
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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    they are honorifics for people.
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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    to be completely blunt..."chan" you would only use with a friend or someone who you didnt know very well......"san" you would normally use with someone who's really close to you....ie wife, husband, bf/gf
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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    What about kun? And are there others?

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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    Quote Originally Posted by Relena228
    to be completely blunt..."chan" you would only use with a friend or someone who you didnt know very well......"san" you would normally use with someone who's really close to you....ie wife, husband, bf/gf
    Listen to the Japanese person. He knows what he is talking about.

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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    -kun=usually a male thats younger than you or that you're close to.
    -chan=a little girl or boy or anyone that you're close to.
    -san=someone older than you or someone that you respect

    ...These are my explanations and they're not perfect... and I dont feel like discussing the other ones like -dono, or -sama unless you really want to know...
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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    Oh hell, let's just write them all out, shall we?

    Honorifics 101

    Must Be Used with Names
    ___-san :: Used as a general honorific. Most commonly seen with people who you are not familiar with, or with people who you know but are not very friendly with.
    ___-chan :: Used for younger children, and older girls. More informal than -san, this is used usually with a given name rather than a family name.
    ___-kun :: Used for older boys. Like -chan, it is also more informal. Less commonly known, -kun can also be applicable to girls/women when they are in a more masculine role (business for example) or if the woman is more highly respected.
    ___-sama :: English translated in anime to "lord or lady". This is used with people you want to show more respect to, or for people you idolize (like, a celebrity or someone). It is more formal and respectful than -san.
    ___-dono :: This is the highest honorific for respect. It is the most formal of the name honorifics. To use this after someone's name denotes ultimate respect. It is no longer common in daily speech, but I believe you can hear it in the original Japanese of Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai 7.
    No honorific :: This is considered extremely casual and usually you are only allowed to do this if the person tells you that you can. Not using an honorific usually means you have an extremely intimate (friendly or romantic) relationship with the person.

    Can Be Used with Names or Alone

    Sempai(___-sempai) :: Can be an older person still considered a peer or with a person who is more knowledgable in a certain area. For example, in school, a 1st year would refer to a 2nd or 3rd year at 'sempai'.
    Kouhai(___-kouhai) :: The opposite of 'sempai', it refers to younger peers. In the school example, a 3rd year would call a 2nd or 1st year 'kouhai'.
    Sensei(___-sensei) :: Used to refer to not only teachers, but also doctors and authors, lawyers, etc.
    Bozu(___-bozu) :: An informal way of referring to a young boy. It is similiar to "kid" or "squirt". Asuna from Mahou Sensei Negima calls Negi "Negi-bozu".
    Heika(___-heika) :: Used for royalty. Doesn't seem like it fits in with the others I put down, but I just thought I'd mention it because you hear it all the time in Kyou Kara Maou. It means "Your majesty" or "Your majesty ___". Joo-heiki is the female version. Geika is similiar, but means "Your highness". Seriously, ALL the time in Kyou Kara Maou.

    This is all I can think of for right now. Lemme just see if I can find a Wikipedia site that explains any more or at least these in more detail... There's one!
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    Re: Can someone tell me what the '-chan' and '-san' at the end of names means?

    Thanx LittleHobbit13!! You saved us some work
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