Japanese Classroom Expressions

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Have you ever wondered what expressions Japanese people use in the classroom? In this article we will see some greetings, answers and expressions that students and teachers use in the classroom in the Japanese language.

Classroom expressions may be necessary if you live in Japan or are curious about the dialogues at school or want to improve your Japanese. Let's make the article as simple as possible.

This article is not just a Japanese class, we will notice several issues of custom and culture within the classroom in Japan, so even if you are not interested or knowledgeable in the language, this article is interesting for you reader.

Japanese classroom expressions

At the beginning and end of the class in JAPão

When starting the class in a Japanese school room (until high school), each student gets up and leans (bends) to show respect to the teacher. When the bell rings, a designated student will conduct the process with the following instructions.

 KanaRōmajiMeaning
1.起立KiritsuGet up
2.気をつけKi the tsukeAttention
3.KingTo bow
4.着席ChakusekiSit down

The teacher usually bends, too, and then starts the class. When the bell rings to finish the lesson, the ritual is repeated. Depending on the region, the pronounced form of these instructions may change or vary.

Japanese classroom expressions

Expressions of teachers IN JAPANESE

This list has been showing some of the lines that the teacher usually says in the classroom.

KanaRōmajiMeaning
繰り返して下さいKurikaeshite kudasai.Please repeat (after me).
気を付けてくださいKi the kudasai tsukete.Please pay attention (to something).
静かにして下さいShizuka ni shite kudasai.Please be quiet.
宿題を出してくださいShukudai the kudasai dashite.Please hand over your homework.
立ってくださいTatte kudasai.Please, stand up.
座ってくださいSuwatte kudasai.Please sit down.

Meaning of some expressions:

  • kurikaesu  means to repeat
  • ki the tsukeru  is an expression that means “pay attention”
  • Shizuka ni suru means "do something easy" (up in this case)
  • dasu  means “put / remove”
Japanese classroom expressions

Other expressions in JAPANESE

Here are some common expressions that you can speak as a student.

KanaRōmajiMeaning
トイレに行ってもいいですかHow are you doing here?May I go to the restroom?
水を飲んでもいいですかMizu o Nonde mo ii desu ka?Can I drink water? (Pick up a drink)
はい、いいですHai, ii desu.Yes, this is good.
いいえ、ダメですIie, dame desu.No, this is not a good thing.
  • Here, the adjective  ii  [良い] means “good” or “OK”, and  lady [ダメ] means "not good". O tte mo [っても] literally means "even if I ..."
  • and ii desu ka  [良いですか] means “Is everything okay?”. Thus, a request in Japanese is always of the form “Is it okay if I…”;

And here is an expression that you will hear a lot:

KanaRōmajiMeaning
よく出来ましたYoku dekimashita.Good job (lit. “you could do it well”)

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