Names


   In Japan, names are said in the order of Last name, First name. It is also normal for people to be refered to by thier last name.

   Yuki Suzuki = suzuki yuki (鈴木雪)

   I am Tanaka = watashi wa tanaka desu (私は田中です)

   (It's) Nakamura = nakamura-san desu (中村さんです)

   Non Japanese names are written in katakana. It is important to figure out how to say your own name in Japanese. If you don't know, you can ask someone in our forum.

   John Smith = sumisu jon (スミスジョン)

   Caren Tanaka = tanaka kerin (田中ケレン)

   Pat Jones = joonzu patto (ジョーンズパット)


   Sometimes non Japanese names can be very hard for Japanese readers to tell where the last name ends and the first name begins. In this case the punctuation point oficially called a nakaguro (・) is put between the two.

   Pat Jones = joonzu patto (ジョーンズ・パット)

   Nakaguro is this points oficial name, however a lot of Japanese call it 'ten'.





Titles

   Not only can you use your name alone but you can attatch certian titles to your name aswell. Keep in mind that not all titles can be attatched to your name. Remember that you don't need to state the pronoun.

   (I'm the teacher, Mr/mrs) Toyota = toyota sensei desu (豊田先生です)

   (I'm) a student = gakusei desu (学生です)

   (Mr/mrs) Nakamura (company president) = nakamura shachou (中村社長)



   In Japanese the word for name is namae (名前). If you need to specify name is ~, you can use this word, but remember in Japanese often pronouns and obvious information get removed.

   (My) name is Bin = namae wa bin desu (名前はビンです)

   (My name) is Bin = bin desu (ビンです)



   In Japanese there are words that can be attached to some words to make them more respectful, this includes the honorific letter O/お which is added before the word. When you are speaking about someone else's name other than yourself it is polite to attach this to the word namae.

   (What is your) name? = onamae wa? (お名前は?)