How to tell if a Japanese girl likes you

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There are a multitude of ways to tell if a girl likes you. Knowing this is very relative, each person thinks differently, especially the Japanese.

But there is a unique way in Japan to know if a girl likes you, by your name. The more intimacy you have with a girl, she will call you by name in different ways.

Girls in Japan are not usually direct and like to maintain a friendship before they have a relationship, so the fearsome one Friend Zone is a little more favorable in Japan.

If you do not live in Japan, this guide is not very useful, but it is very interesting to note the cultural differences in coexistence and dialogue between people. We noticed this a lot when watching anime and reading manga. and now we can go deeper and understand much more.

In the following example, let's take a very common name "Hiroshi Suzuki". And remember, since the pronoun "you" is rarely used in Japan, the names below are used in place of the word "you" in normal conversation.

If a girl calls you this way can to mean:

6. Suzuki-san

A distant person, who doesn't have much friendship, or doesn't know personally.

5. Hiroshi-san

That person already called you by your first name, but how you used the honorific -san it is still a little out of reach.

4. Hiroshi-kun

It is still a little distant, perhaps a friend, or classmate.

3. Hiroshi

She is using only her first name, you have a certain kind of intimacy, but it can mean nothing.

2. Hiroshi-chan

You are intimate or she thinks you are a child. Be careful not to confuse love with friendship.

1. Hiro-chan, Hi-chan, Shi-chan

She called you by nicknames, short names and even added -chan. You have chances now, it may just be a longtime friendship, but I would try something.

A real tip

So far, this may seem quite normal. But it makes sense to use name and politeness endings to show distance or proximity. But there is another factor that shows that she may be interested in you.

If the girl stops using pronouns like わたし (watashi) or あたし (atashi) and starts by referring to herself in the third person, she may have a romantic interest in you.

Remembering that all of the above can really say nothing, maybe it's just an attempt to be friendly with you. But maybe you're lucky.

What other verbal suggestions have you seen, where a Japanese girl shows that she likes a guy?


  • The photo of the article was taken from the manga: 僕だけがいない街 (Boku dake ga inai machi)
  • The idea for the article came from the japaneselevelup website
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