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In Japanese you sometimes refer to people by name, even when talking directly to them.

Just curious if someone could give me a few examples of what this looks like when used in a conversation, as I've struggled to find any good examples.

  • Can you try to give an example sentence yourself? – Earthliŋ Nov 2 '16 at 22:12
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    'sometimes'? I'd say almost always, barring some special circumstances. – oals Nov 3 '16 at 6:59
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You can think of using a person's name to address them as the standard usage in Japanese.

Example

母親:「今から買い物に出かけるけど、太郎も来る?」
息子(太郎):「うん、行く。」

Rōmaji
Hahaoya: "Ima kara kaimono ni dekakeru kedo, Tarō mo kuru?"
Musuko (Tarō): "Un, iku."

English translation
Mom: "I'm going shopping. Would you like to come too?"
Son (Taro): "Sure. I'd like to go."

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Suppose two girls, 美樹 and 理恵, are intimate friends.

美樹:私は友哉くんのことが好きだな。理恵は?
理恵:私は祐希くんがちょっと気になるな。

Miki: I like Tomoya . How about you?
Rie : I found Yuki something special.

if 美樹 says あなたは? insted of 理恵は?, it sounds quite unfriendly.

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