Ways of Saying "You"

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Anata - Generally used by women. In polite situations, men use it too. Can have a connotation of darling/dear/honey if a woman is using to address her husband/boyfriend.

Anta - Generally used by women and sometimes men. Can have the same connotation as anata. Basically a shortening of anata.

Omae - Pretty much exclusively used by men. Is a bit more brusque, so not used in polite situations. Can have a menacing connotation if said in a threatening fashion. Can have a connotation of ownership if a man is using it to address or talk about his wife/girlfriend.

Kisama - Also basically exclusive to men. Rude, not used in normal conversation. You basically don't hear this word outside of the tv world.

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