Speakin' Japanese: School sayings

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Speakin' Japanese: School sayings

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: August 25, 2015

It is not back-to-school time in the States; students will also be returning to classrooms throughout Japan. Here are some words and phrases you can study and use for the occasion.

“Itsu kara gakko ga hajimari masuka?” = When does school start?
(“gakko” = school, “hajimari” = start)

“Nan nensei ni nari masuka?” = What grade are you in?
(“nan nensei” = what grade) 

“Anatano gakko no namae wa nan desuka?” = What is the name of your school?
(“namae” = name, “nan desuka” = what is)

“Sensei no namae wa nan desuka?” = What is your teacher’s name?
(“sensei” = teacher)

“Nani wo benkyo shite imasuka?” = What are you studying (or majoring in)?
(“benkyo” = study)

“Shorai nani ni naritai desuka?” = What do you want to be in the future?
(“shorai” = future, “naritai” = want to be)

“Isshoni gakko ni iki masho.” = Let’s go to the school together.
(“isshoni” = together, “iki masho” = let’s go)

“Chikoku shinai de kudasai.” = Please do not be late.

“Itte rasshai.” = See you later. (Said to someone leaving home.)

“Itte kimasu.” = See you later. (Said by someone leaving home.)

“Ganbatte kudasai.” = Please do your best. (Like: “Good luck.”)

“Isshokenmei benkyo shite kudasi.” = Please study hard.
(“isshokenmei” = hard or industriously)

WHEN ON OKINAWA –
You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“Majuun gakkoo kai ikaya.” = Let’s go to the school together.

“Nji men soore.” = See you later. (Said to someone leaving home.)

“Chibattei kimi soore.” = Please do your best. (Like: “Good luck.”)

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com