Japanese Vocab Lesson 3: School 学校

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Japanese Vocab Lesson 3: School 学校- Review Notes

With back to school coming up soon, what better time to start learning Japanese school vocabulary? In these notes we will review the vocabulary from today’s video and more! Learn the words for paper, notebook, bag, and desk in Japanese!

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Number 1:

 Today we went to gakkō! Gakkō means school, but there are different words for specific kinds of schools, just like there are in English.

  小学校  Shōgakkō  Elementary school

  中学校  Chūgakkō  Middle School

  高校   Kōkō      High School

  大学   Daigaku   College

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Example:

来週から学校が始まります。

Raishū kara gakkō ga hajimarimasu.

School will start next week.

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Number 2:

 The Japanese word for classroom is kyōshitsu!


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Number 3:

 The Japanese word for teacher is sensei.

 Sensei can also be used as a title for other highly regarded people such as doctors, lawyers, accomplished artists, novelists, etc.


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Number 4:

 Seito means student or students in Japanese!

 There are other words for specific types of students, as there are in English.

 小学生 Shōgakusei   Elementary school student

 中学生 Chūgakusei  Middle school student

 高校生 Kōkōsei      High school student

 大学生 Daigakusei   College student

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Number 5:

 Enpitsu means pencil in Japanese!

★    The kanji for enpitsu is 鉛筆 – Although people use this kanji sometimes, it is also common to write this word just using hiragana.

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Number 6:

 The Japanese word for eraser is keshigomu! There are many kinds of keshigomu in Japan. They even have ones that are shaped like sushi!

 Keshigomu is often written by using a combination of kanji, hiragana and katakana 消しゴムThe word 消す (kesu) means “to erase” and ゴム (gomu) means “rubber.” When combined, 消しゴム (keshigomu) means “eraser.”


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Number 7:

 The Japanese word for textbook is kyōkasho

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Number 8:

 We like to write on the kokuban.

    Kokuban literally means blackboard. The kanji is written with which means black, and which means board!

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Additional school vocabulary:

     ペン     pen                pen

     ノート    nōto              notebook

     テスト       tesuto           test

    つくえ       tsukue          desk

    かばん    kaban           bag

    かみ     kami             paper

授業   じゅぎょう  jugyō           class/lesson

宿題   しゅくだい  shukudai      homework

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Conclusion:

We learned a lot of new Japanese words to use when we go to school! But there are always more words! Study the additional vocab list to expand your Japanese knowledge! And of course, make sure to watch the next episode of our new Japanese vocabulary series!

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Cute Japanese school supplies!


リラックマの筆箱 – Rirakkuma Fudebako
(rilakkuma pencase)


リラックマノートrirakkuma nōto
(rilakkuma notebook)


シャープペンシル
shāpu penshiru
(mechanical pencil)


かわいいけしゴム – kawaii keshigomu
(cute erasers)

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6 comments

  1. ありがとごさいます for your じゅぎょう.(^_^)i hope my writing is write
    can you help me in writing がっこう 
    is that a つ (tsu) after the が ?
    if yes , what is the relationship between (tsu) and (k)
    thank u <3 (^__^) <3

    Comment by kakashi on 07/13/2013 at 10:59 am
  2. The small つ (tsu) is used for making double consonant sounds (kk, ss, tt, pp)! \(◕ω◕)/☆ Have you gotten our free Hiragana and Katakana ebook yet? It explains all about it in there! You can get it for free from here: http://www.punipunijapan.com/free-stuff/

    Comment by PuniPuni on 07/13/2013 at 7:07 pm
  3. right*

    Comment by kakashi on 07/13/2013 at 11:00 am
  4. あなたわいちばんです <3

    Comment by kakashi on 07/15/2013 at 7:22 am
  5. What is the japanese of: “Uniform”, and “School Shoes”?

    Comment by Akira on 05/23/2014 at 7:33 pm
  6. “Uniform” in Japanese is 制服 (seifuku). Check out our blog about Japanese School Uniforms: http://www.punipunijapan.com/seifuku/
    There are a few different words for the shoes that are used in schools. There is a general word for all indoor use shoes: 上履き (uwabaki). Other words that are used depend on the type of shoe. The slipper type of indoor shoes that are often used in schools are called スリッパ (surippa – “slipper”). Indoor tennis shoes (especially for use in the school gym) are called 体育館シューズ (taiikukan shūzu – “Gym shoes”). Hope that helps! (◕ω<)♡

    Comment by PuniPuni on 05/23/2014 at 8:44 pm

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