What do you say "you" in Japanese?

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Feb 27, 2011 02:06
There are a lot of words which mean "you" in Japanese.
Each of "あなた", "おまえ", "おたく", "おぬし", and "きでん" means "you".
You can use "あなた" for an equal person and a person with a low place.
It is used with a polite and friendly feeling.
You can use "おまえ" when you look down on the listener a little.
"おたく" is a word that puts a light respect for the listener who is not intimate.
"おぬし" and "きでん" are old expressions.
By the way, such words are not actually thus used.
Instead of them the listener's name is used.
You say "太郎君は何歳ですか(taro kun wa nansai desuka)" which means "How old are you, Taro?"
The occupation and the official position might be used like "先生(sensei)teacher" and "課長(kacho)section chief", etc.
For instance, "(鈴木)先生はきょうおひまですか{(Suzuki) sensei wa kyo ohima desuka}" which means "Are you free today, Mr. Suzuki?"