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Can you call people from other schools senpai 2019/12/26 06:06
Let's say that Mana is a 1st year and she knows two 3rd years; Tanaka, who goes to the same school as Mana, and Sato, who goes to a different school.

I know that Mana would refer to Tanaka as Tanaka-senpai, but would she refer to Sato as Sato-san or Sato-senpai?
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Re: Can you call people from other schools senpai 2019/12/26 10:48
He'd be Sato-san. "Senpai" generally refers to your senior within a given group, not an entire field/discipline.
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... 2019/12/26 12:00
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Re: Can you call people from other schools senpai 2019/12/27 09:09
No prob!

It's probably also worth noting that it's not so much that uMana would refer to Tanaka as Tanaka-senpaiv as Mana might refer to Tanaka as Tanaka-senpai. Not all students take the senpai/kohai relationship so seriously, and depending on Mana's personality, her relationship with Tanaka, and the school's atmosphere, it's possible she'd call him Tanaka-san, or even just Tanaka. One of the first things my Japanese friends told me when I was doing study abroad in Tokyo was "Hey, we're friends, so you don't need to address us with -san."
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