Manga /Honorifics/

While reading the manga version of Cardcaptor Sakura, you may stumble across something known as an "honorific." Normally, honorifics are suffixes added to a person's name. They are a representation of respect as well as your relationship status. In some cases, instead of adding a suffix, an honorific can stand alone. For example, "Terada-sensei" can simply become "sensei." Using no honorific would require knowing the person extremely well. This normally occurs when someone is speaking to their spouse, family member, or a very close friend. However, when used incorrectly this can be very disrespectful and insulting.

-chan: A common honorific for young girls. It may also be used for pets, young boys, and lovers.

-kun: A common honorific for young boys. This honorific is used among male friends.

-san: Translates to Mr., Mrs., Ms., etc. The most common honorific. This honorific is safe to use in most situations.

-sama: A higher degree of respect than "-san."

-dono: Derives from "tono" meaning "Lord." An even higher degree of respect than "-sama."

-kohai: Refers to someone with less seniority than you. Generally used at school or in work.

-sempai: Refers to someone with more seniority than you. Generally used at school or in work.

-sensei: Used for teachers, doctors, and masters in any field.