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-chan ?

Post by ben » Mon 03.21.2005 12:56 pm

I was reading the grammer lessons on this web site and it says that -chan is used for little girls. but i have read alot of anga and they call boys by chan

i donno can someone help me
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Post by Spaztick » Mon 03.21.2005 12:58 pm

~chan can be used for little children, or younger siblings. They use thier first name with ~chan (like I would call my baby sister Katy-chan).
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RE: -chan ?

Post by Daisuke » Mon 03.21.2005 12:58 pm

I think you call very young boys -chan too, but i am not sure.

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Post by ben » Mon 03.21.2005 2:14 pm

Well its just that i was reading manga and a 16 year old girl called a 16 year old boy -chan... ??? I donno maybe the girl was kidding or maybe the translation is wrong. ? Can you call your good friends -chan?
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Post by ben » Mon 03.21.2005 2:15 pm

Well its just that i was reading manga and a 16 year old girl called a 16 year old boy -chan... ??? I donno maybe the girl was kidding or maybe the translation is wrong. ? Can you call your good friends -chan?
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Post by dreamingxashley » Mon 03.21.2005 2:29 pm

-chan I believe is like a diminuitive. Sorta like calling a girl Katie instead of Kathryn, or Andy isntead of Andrew.
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Post by Jess » Mon 03.21.2005 2:42 pm

"Japanese use chan followed by younger chidren's first names and san after older children's names," according to my Japanese grammer book. Although I did think that you could refer to your friends and boy/girlfriends as chan.

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Post by Darbai » Mon 03.21.2005 6:23 pm

If the boy and girl in your manga book were good friends it may be that she doesn't want to change the relationship with him through making it more formal and using -san. -chan is usually used for younger girls and boy, but I've seen it been used by male high school students when adressing a cute chick they see in the school ;) So it has a very "cute" mening (if you think young children are cute :P):D)
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Post by Mugen » Mon 03.21.2005 9:38 pm

I am dating a japanese girl, and was told that you call someone you care about name-chan as well.. its kind of a loving form.

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Post by Vengeance » Mon 03.21.2005 10:24 pm

Is it me or do all the Japanese seem to move to Texas? So many people I have met over the internet with a Japanese wife/gf come from Texas...it's eery.

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Post by Spaztick » Mon 03.21.2005 10:58 pm

How ironic, I live in TX. :P
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Post by Mugen » Mon 03.21.2005 11:06 pm

haha.. what part of texas.. im in houston

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Post by ben » Tue 03.22.2005 10:21 am

well, i live in Texas, there are quite a bit of Japanese people over here...

i live in Dallas County...
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Post by Spaztick » Tue 03.22.2005 1:06 pm

I live about an hour outside of houston in El Campo, a semi-backwater town.
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Post by ben » Tue 03.22.2005 3:34 pm

I actually live in Irving/Las Colinas but it is about 30 min. from Dallas
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