Expressions in the Japanese Classroom

Ever wondered what expressions the Japanese use in the classroom? In this article, we are going to look at some greetings, responses, and expressions that students and teachers use in the Japanese language classroom.

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

This article is not just about a Japanese class, we will notice several customs and culture issues within the classroom in Japan, so even if you have no interest or knowledge in the language, this article is interesting for you reader.

Japanese classroom expressions

At the beginning and end of the lesson in Japan

When starting class in a Japanese school classroom (up to high school), each student stands up and bows to show respect to the teacher. When the bell rings, a designated student will lead the process with the following instructions.

KanaRōmajiMeaning
1.起立Stand upget-up
2.気をつけBe carefulHeads up
3.KingTo bend
4.着席shakusekiSit down

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

Japanese classroom expressions

Teacher expressions 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Be careful.Please pay attention (to something).
静かにして下さいPlease be quiet.Please be quiet.
宿題を出してくださいShukudai or dashite kudasai.Please hand in 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 repeat
  • ki o tsukeru is an expression that means "pay attention"
  • Shizuka ni suru means "do something quiet" (if in this case)
  • dasu means "put/take off"
Japanese classroom expressions

Other Expressions IN JAPANESE

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

KanaRōmajiMeaning
トイレに行ってもいいですかIs it okay to go to the bathroom?May I go to the restroom?
水を飲んでもいいですかIs it okay to drink water?Can I drink water? (Go get a drink)
はい、いいですHai, ii desu.Yes, this is good.
いいえ、ダメですNo, it's not allowed.No, that's not good.
  • Here, the adjective ii [良い] means "good" or "OK", and DAME [ダメ] means "not good". O TTEMO [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's an expression you'll 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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