Japanese translation help!!!

It's not nearly as complex as English, but as usual we find ways to screw it up.
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You know how in the anime Naruto in Japanese, they say the person's name then a word in Japanese? Or in a martial arts movie they say something in Japanese? Could you guys help me please and translate them? Please reply as soon as possible. Arigato!!!

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kemo sabe
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All of them are honorifics placed after a name much like how we say "Mr./Ms." in English. "-kun" is a little on a personal level than "-san" and mostly used for guys. "-chan" is an affectionate way of calling someone. The "-sama" is basically for lords or people of higher rank.

As for "kemo sabe", I haven't the faintest clue.
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Lieutenant Colonel Ryukon wrote:All of them are honorifics placed after a name much like how we say "Mr./Ms." in English. "-kun" is a little on a personal level than "-san" and mostly used for guys. "-chan" is an affectionate way of calling someone. The "-sama" is basically for lords or people of higher rank.

As for "kemo sabe", I haven't the faintest clue.


Arigato! I still can't find kemo sabe though. It might be a made up Japanese word...but I digress.
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Wah! I can't believe you guys have never heard the word "kemosabe" before! It's Native American. This'll give you all kinds of background/meanings:

http://www.aaanativearts.com/article888.html
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Dreams wrote:Wah! I can't believe you guys have never heard the word "kemosabe" before! It's Native American. This'll give you all kinds of background/meanings:

http://www.aaanativearts.com/article888.html


Oops! I didn't realize. Sorry. I'm trying to learn Japanese so I wasn't sure.

Oh, btw, what is "otaku"? In the Full Metal Alchemist manga, they say it sometimes. Is it an insult or something? HELP!!!!
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i read once that otaku could be the formallest form to talk to somebody....
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Otaku: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku

I was just surprised nobody knew the word, because it's part of our old heritage in the mainland USA, at least - something you grow up hearing randomly. But I forgot that the bulk of people on this board seem to be outside the US.
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Dreams wrote:Otaku: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku

I was just surprised nobody knew the word, because it's part of our old heritage in the mainland USA, at least - something you grow up hearing randomly. But I forgot that the bulk of people on this board seem to be outside the US.


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what do u mean on the personal level for -kun? goodness i never understand these things
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Kun is like an affectionate term used on guys. like:

Iruka-kun would incinuate that me and Iruka were close friends.

Sasuke-Chan would incinuate that me and you were close (since your female, it hasta be chan)

thats probably the best way i can describe it from what i have read on older threads, manga, and listening to anime in jap.
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oooo THANX!
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-kun is informal between friends. It is traditionally a male term, but things continue to modernize between the genders in Japan, so it wouldn't be impossible to hear -kun at the end of a girl's name. (Although she might be tomboyish.)
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Dreams wrote:-kun is informal between friends. It is traditionally a male term, but things continue to modernize between the genders in Japan, so it wouldn't be impossible to hear -kun at the end of a girl's name. (Although she might be tomboyish.)


Most commonly you will find a superior in an employment setting addressing the younger female workers with ~kun

Yeah, language changes

I have even heard some Japanese girls refer to themselves with "boku", which took a minute to sink in
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::hehe:: boku? i guess languages DO change as you say
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