Irina

‘sama’, ‘dono’ and ‘onchu’.


In Japanese we use a variety of honorific titles and today
I’d like to introduce three:’sama’,‘dono’ and ‘onchu’.



殿 御中



‘sama’ is a more polite form of ‘san’ which is the most commonly used honorific in Japanese.
‘sama’ is used in spoken Japanese and in business emails and letters.

殿


‘dono’ is even more polite than ‘sama’ and is only used in written Japanese.
You often see it used in public documents.


御中

‘onchu’ is also only used in written Japanese.
It is usually used when addressing a group such as a company, school or organisation.
As you can see, Japanese is a language with many different honorific terms.
It can seem confusing at first but if you follow the rules you’ll find it’s not so difficult to pick up.
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