Japanese: Honorifics

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Everything Japan!

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The Six Most Common Honorific Suffixes
-san: This is the most common honorific and is the equivalent to Mr., Miss, Ms. and Mrs. It is the all-purpose honorific and can be used in any situation where politeness is required.

-sama: This is one level higher than -san. It is used to confer GREAT respect.

-dono:This comes from the word tono, which means lord. It is an even higher level than -sama and confers the utmost respect. It is an antiquated version of -sama and isn’t heard much anymore

-kun/-chan: This suffix is used at the end of a boy’s/girl’s (respectively) name to express familiarity or endearment. It also sometimes used by adults among friends or when addressing someone younger or of a lower station.

~ -chan (^w^)) is…

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