corresponding to "teacher
" in English
. Literally translates to "one who has gone before". In addition to being a noun
, it is also an honorific suffix
used with a teacher
's name (never one's own name).
Hashimoto-sensei wa Nihon-jin desu ne.
Mr. Hashimoto is Japanese, isn't he?
Written sen-sei with the kanji for "before; ahead" and "life; birth".