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10-09-2008, 02:31 PM
I will admit that my knowledge of the Japanese culture is rather limited, but I would like to know this. I've noticed that a lot of the names have titles (I think, that's what they are) attached to thier names. Examples are Name-San, Name-Kun, Name-Dono, and so forth. Is there a site that I can go to, to find out the meaning of these titles? I think this will help me understand the relationships of the characters better. Any help will be appreciated.
If this is in the wrong catagory, I apologize in advance.
10-09-2008, 02:36 PM
They're Japanese honorifics.
I hope this helps!
10-09-2008, 03:00 PM
holly sama's right!,.
they are honorifics coz they are not used in calling someone whom they are not really that close to each other with their names alone,.
if im not mistaken,.chan and san are for girls,.
kuns are for boys!,.
sempai are for older than you,.
sensei are for teachers or your mentor,.
oneechan are for your older brother/sister,.
look at holly sama's name,.
i bet that sama is an honorific,.sama's a formal version of san!,.
oh yeah,.i found a link!,.
hope that help!,.♥
10-09-2008, 03:01 PM
oneechan if for older sister, oniisan is for older brother or did I mixed up?
10-09-2008, 03:03 PM
-San is a surname for both males and females. It is equivalent to 'Mr.' and 'Ms.'
10-09-2008, 04:21 PM
dono you probably won't use much, but it refers to a lord or someone of more noble status above you. your master and commander we'll say.
10-09-2008, 05:40 PM
10-09-2008, 05:42 PM
I've been curious about this myself. I understood a good amount of the titles after watching enough anime, but I've never been sure. Thanks for the information.
10-09-2008, 11:23 PM
chan is for some really close to u and hoo's a girl
kun is for boys
san is for someone u noe
sempai is a older student in a upper grade then u
sensei is teacher
sama is lord
dono is similar to lord but higher than lord
shinsho is master
one-chan is older sis
and onee-chand is older bro i fink
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