Question about the use “Chan”

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Question about the use “Chan”

Post by tgsc » Thu 12.08.2011 3:02 am

I thought “Chan” was only used when addressing children or when children are addressing each other?

I have come across a number of examples where “Chan” was used as an insult and as a friendly playful greeting between adults. What are the basic rules for the usage of “Chan”?

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Re: Question about the use “Chan”

Post by phreadom » Thu 12.08.2011 2:19 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_honorifics#Chan
There's a little more about it here: http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar/name_titles

I think that covers it well enough. ^_^ Let us know if you have more questions about it (or other honorifics).
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Re: Question about the use “Chan”

Post by HawaiianBoy » Thu 12.08.2011 7:45 pm

chan may be used in several ways. You may use it to convey a sense of cuteness to one's name such as a boy , a girl , or even your pets. Even among lovers , "chan" is commonly used.

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Re: Question about the use “Chan”

Post by tgsc » Fri 12.09.2011 2:14 am

It would appear that “Chan” is more widely used then I first thought.

Thank you for your reply’s and links I missed both of them when I did my search.

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