Japanese Phrases and words 1
Age Rating: 4 +
-sama= A very formal, respected ending. It is used for someone of superior status, such as you boss, or to one's guests as a host/hostess.
-sensei=A respectful name meaning teacher. It also stands alone as a separate word.
-chan=A term of affection or friendship, it is used to form "pet" names. It should be used by young children, girls, or two people in a relationship.
-kun=It is used by a socially superior male to a socially inferior on, or between males who grew up together. Girls go straight from chan to san, but boys have a period of kun in between.
-san=A usual term of respect, like Mr. or Mrs.. It can be attached to first or last names.
-sempai=Used for one in the same general social class, but still socially superior.
-hime= Means princess.
Calling somebody by their name alone, without a suffix is taken as being either very familiar or very rough. Using no suffix can be seen as offensive.