What does さん exactly mean?
Hi guys, I'm new to Japanese so I'm sorry if my question is stupid, but I noticed that さん doesn't just mean (Mr./Mrs.). so what does さん exactly mean? and can it be used in informal situation? or it just a formal way to refer to someone?
it should be a honorific term. * edit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_honorifics#San
And make sure not to attach it to your own name, only other peoples names!
Japanese words will have several meanings. さん is just a formal way to speak to refer to someone. It is an honorific. It is uses the same way as さま, くん, ちゃん.
It basically translates to Mr./Mrs./Ms. which is the closest thing English has to honorifics. Basically it’s a sign of respect and polite formal speech.
さん can also mean mountain, if you have ever heard ふじーさん, Its not Mr. Fuji, Its Fuji Mountain