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-san, -kun, -chan?
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id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> -chan is normally used for girls younger than you.

-kun is normally used

for boys your age or younger, however my friend's wife (who is younger than him) always refers to him as

Joe-kun.

-san should be used if you are referring to an older person...or someone you want to show

respect to and/or you don't know their age. (Just to be safe...if you don't know...I would use

"san"). [/quote]
This is

definitly true for people you don't know well, but with friends you can play around a bit.
An

ex-boyfriend used to call me "Ota-kun" cuz he thought it funny I guess, and I often call my much

older, male friends "Ko-chan" or "Toku-chan" affectionately.
Of course, it totally

depends on the situation. If a friend calls me Mayuko-san instead of Mayu-chan, it feels cold and formal, but

if someone I don't know well calls me mayu-chan in a formal situation, it can seem condescending. Also, it

can actually be flattering to call an older woman -chan in really casual settings.

Perhaps I've

complicated the question unneccesarily. I think it's best just to see what everyone else calls the person

and follow along.

Kadoya-san, would you really want your colleagues to call you "danyaru?"

That would be kind of rude I would imagine. [Image: wink2.gif]
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Messages In This Thread
-san, -kun, -chan? - by sachi - 10-29-2004, 08:17 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by SWC - 10-29-2004, 09:16 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by sachi - 10-29-2004, 09:54 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by SWC - 10-29-2004, 10:01 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by danielyuki - 10-30-2004, 03:22 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by sachi - 10-30-2004, 08:06 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by danielyuki - 10-31-2004, 09:05 AM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by MiraiZ - 10-31-2004, 11:12 AM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by sachi - 10-31-2004, 04:54 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by mayucat - 11-01-2004, 12:35 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by danielyuki - 11-01-2004, 01:07 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by mayucat - 11-01-2004, 01:19 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by danielyuki - 11-01-2004, 02:58 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by sachi - 11-01-2004, 04:41 PM
-san, -kun, -chan? - by danielyuki - 11-01-2004, 04:50 PM

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