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this means Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon or Bishoujo Senshi Sailor MoonSo you want to know a little Japanese? Well you have come to the right place. Here is a main explanation of the Japanese language and it will help you around the site too.
P.S. I know some of the terms might not be right but I am working on it.

Pronunciations
A: ah
E: eh
I: ee
O: oh
U: oo

Now that you know the pronunciations lets get on with some words.

Suffixes
ko: is added onto a woman/girls name to show a close relationship. (ex: Darien calls Usagi Usako)
chan: is added to a person to add a close relationship. It can also be added onto animals and can show a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. (ex: Usagi calls Mamoru, Mamo-chan)
san: is added to a person to show respect. It relates to Mr., Mrs., Miss, etc. It is also used for people you don't know very well like in school.
sama: is added to show great respect. It is a more proper way of saying san.
kohai: is added when upper classmen speak to lower classmen.
senpai: is added when lower classmen speak to upper classmen.
kun: is added to boys names to show respect.
sensei: is added when you are speaking to an elder or master.
mama: is when you are speaking to your mother. (ex: Ikuko-mama)
papa: is added when you speak to your father. (ex: Kenji-papa)

Meet-n-Greet
Ohayou gozamiasu: used in early morning it means "Good Morning".
Kon'nichiwa: this is a good morning or afternoon and a formal way of saying hello in general.
Kobanwa: used only when it is dark and or getting dark, means "Good Evening".
Oyasumi nasai: means "Good night".
Moshi Moshi: used to answer to phone.
Gokigenyoo: good day.
Ogemki Desuka: how are you.
Genki Desu: fine.
Totemo Genki Desu: very well.
Maa Maa Dess: so so.
Doozo Ayoroshiku Onegai Shimsdu: it's nice to meet you.
Jaa Mata: see you soon.
Onamae wa Nandesuka?: what is your name?
Watashi wa Johnson Desu: my name is Mr. Johnson.
Watashi wa Suzuki Desu: my name is Mrs. Suzuki.

Thanks and Such
Domo Arigatou: thank you very much
Arigatou: thank you
Doh Itamashite: you're Welcome
Gomen Nasai: I'm Very Sorry
Gomen: I'm sorry
Onegai: please

Counting
0: ichi
1: ichi
2: ni
3: san
4: yon
5: go
6: roku
7: nana
8: hachi
9: kyu
10: juu

Japanese Words & Phrases
anata: polite way to say 'you'
watashi: 'I, me or myself' Japanese try not to use 'I' or 'Me' in a sentence though.
atashi: informal feminine 'I' or 'Me'
boku: informal masculine way to say 'I' or 'Me'
ara: oh
ai shiteru: I love you
baka: stupid idiot
chibi: small (derogatory)
chikso: damn (silent 'I' and 'U')
chotto matte: wait
ecchi: pervert
Hentai: like ecchi, X rate things
hayaku: hurry
honto ni: really
ikimashou: let's go
itai: ouch
kakkoii: cool
kawaii: cute
kirei: beautiful
kite kite: guess what
kowai: scared
manna: everyone
nigero: run
shi ne: die
sugoi: awesome
sou ka: I see
yamete: stop it
suki da yo: I like you
yokatta: I am glad

Manga & Anime Related
youma: monster, demon
senshi: soldier
fuku: uniform
bishoujo: pretty/beautiful girl
bishounen: pretty boy
anime: Japanese animation
manga: Japanese comics
otaku: in Japan, it is somewhat derogatory and means nerd or obsessed fan. In the US however, it is not offensive.

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