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Japanese name question I have often heard Japanese people use the suffix, 'Kun' or 'Chan' after a persons name. I notice that it is usually only used with people who are familiar with each other & never used with strangers or people who are meeting for the 1st time. Usually 'Chan' is for women & 'Kun' is for men, but I have also been told that these suffixes are only for children. What is the correct usage?
2013년 6월 22일 오전 12:22
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I may be wrong, but I'll try to answer your question. ^^ "chan" is usually added to young children's names, no matter what gender the kid is. It's also used towards girls and young women by friends, family and sometimes teachers at school. Many people add "chan" to pets' names, too. About "kun", I heard it being used by school girls towards their male friends of the same or younger age. Boys may be also adressed like that by teachers, family etc. Many young women call their male friends adding "kun", it's just more sympathetic than not adding any suffix at all when the relatinship is too close for "san". It may be also used towards tomboys. ^ ^
2013년 6월 22일
Kun is for younger boys, generally school age, and is addressed by a superior. "Chan" is the one used by friends to each other for any gender.
2013년 6월 22일
Arigato gozaimasu Tangoya-san
2013년 6월 23일
Yes, they can in all of the cases you mentioned, as long as the people concerned are satisfied with that. And such ways to call others are not uncommon in the real world. An adult man calling an adult woman with 'kun' is a little unusual, but is still possible, for example from a boss to his subordinates in the office.
2013년 6월 23일
Do people in adult relationships ever use them in reference to their peers? For example, in reference to adults, if 2 peers are too familiar to use san, can a male add 'kun' to the end of his male friends name? Or can a male add 'chan' to the end of the name of the girl he is dating or even a girl he is just friends with? Or can a woman add 'kun' to the end of the name of a man she is dating or just friends with?
2013년 6월 22일
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