Senpai or Sempai: Which is right?!
In written English you might have noticed with “せんぱい” the Japanese hiragana character “ん” sometimes gets written as “n,” like in “senpai,” while other times it is written as “m,” like in “sempai.” Which is right?!
As a reminder, Senpai (せんぱい – or kanji 先輩) – [sem pi] is someone who is of a higher social standard, such as an upperclassman or upperclasswoman, someone of a higher age, or senior in rank. Sem or先means early, in advance, first or prior. Hai, 輩 means fellow, person, colleague, or people. Continue reading “In Karate, is it Senpai or Sempai?”