Japanese Vocabulary – School Subjects

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Japanese Vocabulary – School Subjects (学校の科目) – Review Notes

Today we learned how to say some school subjects in Japanese! In these review notes, we will go over all the Japanese vocabulary that was in the video and we will see a list of additional Japanese vocabulary!

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Number 1:

The Japanese word for school subjects is 学校の科目 (gakkō no kamoku).

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Number 2:

数学 (sūgaku) is the Japanese word for math.

There is another Japanese word for math: 算数 (sansū) This word is used more for elementary school math or arithmetic, while 数学 (sūgaku) is used more for higher levels of math.

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Number 3:

The Japanese word for science is 理科 (rika)

There is another word for science in Japanese: 科学 (kagaku).

Although they both translate as science in English, 理科 (rika) is used more in elementary schools and might be considered a more simple type of science.

From junior high school on, students study 科学 (kagaku) which includes more advanced kinds of science.

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Number 4:

History in Japanese is 歴史 (rekishi).

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Number 5:

The Japanese word for art is 美術 (bijutsu)


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Number 6:

Japanese (language) in Japanese is 日本語 (nihongo).

In Japan, Japanese (as a school subject) is known as 国語 (kokugo – “national language”) rather than 日本語 (nihongo).

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Additional School Subjects:

体育 taiiku   P.E.

音楽 ongaku   Music

社会 shakai     Social Studies

社会 shakaigaku   Sociology

文学 bungaku Literature

英語 eigo English

スペイン語 supeingo   Spanish

フランス語 furansugo French

ドイツ語 doitsugo German

言語学 gengogaku Linguistics

哲学 tetsugaku   Philosophy

心理学 shinrigaku Psychology

人類学 jinruigaku Anthropology

地理学 chirigaku   Geography

政治学 seijigaku    Political Science

経済学 keizaigaku Economics

生物学 seibutsugaku Biology

化学 kagaku Chemistry

物理学 butsurigaku   Physics

天文学 tenmongaku   Astronomy

地質学 chishitsugaku    Geology

医学 igaku    Medical Science

統計学 tōkeigaku    Statistics

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Conclusion:

We learned a lot of school subjects in Japanese today! What’s your favorite school subject? Let us know in Japanese the comment section below!

Also, if you want to know a school subject’s name that we have not listed, feel free to ask!

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13 comments

  1. 高校の数学の教師になりたいです。 来月、卒業します! ^w^

    (Hopefully that makes sense… I’m still learning particles!)

    Comment by Chip on 04/01/2013 at 11:16 pm
  2. はい!It makes sense (◕ω◕)b☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 04/02/2013 at 10:26 pm
  3. i don’t see art or photography and i was wondering what they were seeing as i am taking both of those. 🙂

    Comment by arashina on 04/11/2013 at 7:52 pm
  4. Art is 美術 (bijutsu) and photography is 写真術 (shashinjutsu) (◕ω◕)♪

    Comment by PuniPuni on 04/12/2013 at 10:10 am
  5. ぷにぷにさん、きんにちは! What is the word for design technology, food technology, resistant materials (using wood, plastic, etc.), and graphics in Japanese?

    In my school, design technology (as a subject) is split into the 3 subjects above.

    ありがとうございます!

    Comment by Byakko on 05/12/2013 at 2:48 pm
  6. こんにちは!\(◕ω◕)/♪

    I’ve never heard of some of these subjects, and I think we don’t have all of these subjects in Japan. I would write in katakana like this, but it is just my guess: デザインテクノロジー (design technology), フードテクノロジー (food technology), レジスタントマテリアルズ (resistant materials), グラフィックス (graphics)

    Comment by PuniPuni on 05/13/2013 at 10:57 am
  7. Konnichi ha! How would you say something like RS (Religious Studies) / Theology then?

    Comment by Jennie on 08/16/2013 at 9:19 am
  8. Religious studies in Japanese is: 宗教学 (shuukyougaku) \(◕ω◕)/♪

    Comment by PuniPuni on 08/27/2013 at 8:06 am
  9. OMGSH, WHY IS THIS SITE BLOCKED IN MY SCHOOL!?!?!?!?! IT’S AMAZING!!!!

    Ok, to my question. How would you say bio-technology in Japanese?

    Comment by taichidesu on 09/07/2013 at 5:33 pm
  10. Bio-technology in Japanese is: 生物工学 (seibutsu kougaku). But you can also just say bio technology using katakana: バイオテクノロジー (baio tekunorojii). (◕ω◕)☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 09/07/2013 at 9:25 pm
  11. Thanks! ^-^ This website is a great help!!! >.<

    Comment by KawaiiOnToast on 11/20/2013 at 9:12 pm
  12. How would I write “Study Hall” or “Study Period” in Hiragana/kanji?

    Comment by Kitsune Mangaka on 01/06/2015 at 5:49 pm
  13. There is a 自習 (じしゅう) which means “self study”. This is used in schools for example when students have a study period instead of a normal class.

    Comment by PuniPuni on 01/27/2015 at 6:03 am

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