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Old 2007-08-02, 22:19   Link #118
Join Date: Mar 2004
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AVPlaya, thanks for the explanation.

Originally Posted by AVPlaya View Post
Incientally, the kanji for "sensei" means "Mister" in modern mandarin Chinese. Anyone who's a dude is called so and so "sensei". Hence this is an ancient Chinese term, not a modern one. This is a common point of confusion for Chinese learner of Japanese - "why did he just call his female teacher "Mister"?"
It's not really an ancient Chinese one, it's just that many Chinese speakers nowadays think that it's and thus the self-fulfilling prophecy thing...
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