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9 Jun 2016

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Could you tell me about greetings and politeness in Japan?

We are taught obvious fixed phrases. However, in the Japanese-to-English HiNative a Chinese user pointed out it that is considered rude to use a greeting followed by the person's name. That is what we would do in English: "hi Dave!"

Is this just in China, or is it also true in Japan?

I am also confused about mixing Japanese and English. For example, all Japanese users have ローマ字 names but I want to learn how to speak properly to Japanese and I would rather address them in the Japanese way.

(Obviously there is no way to know Japanese names or nicknames here.)

So, should I add 〜さん to a user name? I have done it sometimes, but I would like to know how it is perceived.

Any other comments you might have would also be useful.
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