Japanese Schools
Words and Vocabulary

This section covers the words and vocabulary used to describe things related to Japanese schools.

Japanese Schools Vocabulary

In Japan, every student has to attend nine years of Compulsory Education. First six years in Elementary School and next three years in Junior High School.

Thereafter, most students will go to Senior High School and then University subsequently.

However, the Japanese school's system requires students to take entrance examinations in order to enter their choice of Senior High Schools and Universities.

Japanese schools normally begin in April and end in March. That's why graduation ceremonies are held in March. This actually coincides with the Japanese government's fiscal year, where 1st of April marks the new fiscal year.

Have you seen the various beautiful uniforms of Japanese schools in drama or anime? I think Japan has the best designed school uniforms in the world. For example, the sailor outfit for the girls.

Some Japanese school girls like to wear their school uniforms even when they are not in school.

Let's begin on the vocabulary to know more about things related to Japanese schools.

Kanji Hiragana or
Romaji Meaning
1. 学校 がっこう gakkou School
2. 幼稚園 ようちえん youchi en Kindergarten
3. 小学校 しょうがっこう shou gakkou Primary School / Elementary School
4. 中学校 ちゅうがっこう chuu gakkou Secondary School / Junior High School
5. 高等学校 こうとうがっこう koutou gakkou Senior High School
6. 高校 こうこう koukou Senior High School
7. 大学 だいがく daigaku University
8. 大学院 だいがくいん daigaku in Graduate School
9. 公立学校 こうりつがっこう kouritsu gakkou Public School
10. 私立学校 しりつがっこう shiritsu gakkou Private School
11. 夜学校 やがっこう ya gakkou Night School
12. じゅく juku Cram School
13. 国語 こくご kokugo National Language (Japanese)
14. 英語 えいご eigo English
15. 科学 かがく kagaku Science
16. 化学 かがく kagaku Chemistry
17. 数学 すうがく suugaku Mathematics
18. 物理 ぶつり butsuri Physics
19. 生物学 せいぶつがく seibutsu gaku Biology
20. 美術 びじゅつ bijutsu Art
21. 体育 たいいく taiiku Physical Education
22. 歴史 れきし rekishi History
23. 地理 ちり chiri Geography
24. 経済 けいざい keizai Economics
25. 文学 ぶんがく bun gaku Literature
26. 音楽 おんがく on gaku Music
27. 工学 こうがく kou gaku Engineering
28. 医学 いがく i gaku Medicine
29. 建築学 けんちくがく kenchiku gaku Architecture
30. 会計学 かいけいがく kaikei gaku Accounting
31. 哲学 てつがく tetsu gaku Philosophy
32. 法学 ほうがく hou gaku Law
33. 専攻 せんこう senkou Major Subject
34. りょう ryou Hostel / Dormitory
35. 寄宿舎 きしゅくしゃ kishuku sha Dormitory / Boading House
36. 図書館 としょかん tosho kan Library
37. 体育館 たいいくかん taiiku kan Gymnasium
38. 教室 きょうしつ kyou shitsu Classroom
39. 事務室 じむしつ jimu shitsu Office
40. 実験室 じっけんしつ jikken shitsu Laboratory
41. 校長 こうちょう kouchou Principal
42. 教頭 きょうとう kyoutou Vice Principal
43. 先生 せんせい sensei Teacher
44. 教師 きょうし kyoushi Teacher
45. 学生 がくせい gakusei Student
46. 留学生 りゅうがくせい ryuu gakusei Oversea Student
47. 同級生 どうきゅうせい dou kyuu sei Classmate
48. クラスメート kurasume-to Classmate
49. 義務教育 ぎむきょういく gimu kyouiku Compulsory Education
50. 制服 せいふく seifuku Uniform
51. 入学 にゅうがく nyuu gaku Entry to School / Admission to School
52. 卒業 そつぎょう sotsugyou Graduation
53. 試験 しけん shiken Examination / Test
54. テスト tesuto Test
55. 中間試験 ちゅうかんしけん chuukan shiken Midterm Examination
56. 期末試験 きまつしけん kimatsu shiken Final Examination
57. 受験 じゅけん juken Sit for an Examination
58. 授業 じゅぎょう jugyou Lesson
59. 宿題 しゅくだい shukudai Homework
60. 質問 しつもん shitsumon Question
61. 練習問題 れんしゅうもんだい renshuu mondai Exercises
62. 辞書 じしょ jisho Dictionary
63. 教科書 きょうかしょ kyouka sho Textbook
64. 参考書 さんこうしょ sankou sho Reference Book
65. ノート no-to Notebook
66. 計算器 けいさんき keisan ki Calculator
67. 鉛筆 えんぴつ enpitsu Pencil
68. 消しゴム けしゴム keshi gomu Eraser
69. ペン pen Pen
70. 定規 じょうぎ jougi Ruler
71. ほん hon Book
72. 本棚 ほんだな hondana Bookshelf
73. 黒板 こくばん kokuban Blackboard
74. ホワイトボード howaito bo-do Whiteboard
75. チョーク cho-ku Chalk
76. マーカー ma-ka- Marker
77. つくえ tsukue Desk
78. 椅子 いす isu Chair
79. テーブル te-buru Table
80. ランドセル randoseru Firm-sided Backpack made of Leather

The above is the word list related to Japanese schools.

And if you are interested to know more vocabulary related to a school, especially those related to an university campus, make sure you check out this page on useful words and phrases for living on a school campus.

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