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.
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.
|2.||気をつけ||Ki the tsuke||Attention|
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.
Expressions of teachers IN JAPANESE
This list has been showing some of the lines that the teacher usually says in the classroom.
|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”
Other expressions in JAPANESE
Here are some common expressions that you can speak as a student.
|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:
|よく出来ました||Yoku dekimashita.||Good job (lit. “you could do it well”)|
- See too Classroom objects
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