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Old 01-08-2008, 09:01 AM   #26
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Re: Sempai kohai differences

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
So here's a spinoff question: how many people think that sempai means "someone senior to me" and kohai means "someone junior to me", and how many people think they mean...something else?
To answer your question: yes.
Reading my kanji dictionary, those are what are listed as the meaning...but, I can see where they might carry different connotations depending upon the situation.
I think basically they're terms meant to mark experience. One moment I may be the "authority," the next it may be someone else.

How would you answer it?
Take care,

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