These 10 Japanese phrases will make you seem like a Japanese pro in the classroom!
Learning and practicing Japanese in a classroom environment is one of the most adventurous and fun experience you can get into. Learning a language from the scratch, making silly mistakes, confusing between choosing words, and lost at words to express your feelings. These are some things we all feel while learning a new language. But these are the first stepping stone to polish, to learn, to grow. Now, while we are short on vocabulary, we still need some hacks to get by. Especially, in an unforeseen or an unfamiliar setting of the environment. For this post, let’s focus on the classroom setting.
Let’s look at 10 basic phrases that can help us, survive and interact in a classroom without feeling far behind or left-outs!
- I have a question
Shitsumon ga arimasu.
It was said, before asking a question. That way, you wouldn’t interfere or cut in the instructor. Just raise your hand and say this while you’re confused about something in class.
- What does ~ mean?
~ tte do iiu emi desu ka?
Sometimes, you hear about things that you didn’t learn in the class yet/ you read something on the road but you don’t know the meaning/ some English word that you don’t know the Japanese meaning, on such a situation you can ask the instructor about that incident using this format.
- Can I go to the washroom?
Toire- itte mo ii desuka?
It’s common etiquette to ask for the teacher’ss permission before leaving a classroom. The asking pattern is like this. After the teacher says yes, you can also nod/respond ‘tsure itashimasu (excuse me)’.
- Please explain once again.
Mo ikkai setsumei onegaishimasu.
This is what we need to use most in a classroom environment. When the teacher asks if everything is clear or not, you can always say this.
- Is it okay to eat in the classroom?
Kurasu no naka tabete ii desu ka?
Now, depending on where are you from, you might not be familiar with the eating in the class environment, but in Japan sometimes teachers allow students to eat in the class (not a full course big meal like ramen/ bentou box of course). However, before eating be sure to ask the teacher if she/he is okay with this behavior or not.
- What is the homework?
Shukudai wa nan desu ka?
This one doesn’t need an explanation I believe. You can also ask about it when you want to confirm the homework contents.
- I am sorry for the trouble.
Gomeiwaku wo kake shite sumimasen
While asking for a leave/ submitting a late work/ asking teacher about extra lesson helps, there is a common courtesy of saying it as a form of politeness.
- Thanks for always helping me out.
Itsumo tasukete kurete arigatou gozaimasu.
In a situation where the teacher, gives you advice/ suggest you to do something/ read something/ or make any consideration for you you can show your gratitude by saying this.
- Teacher, I want to know about ~
Sensei, ~ ni tsuite shiritai desu.
When wanting to know details about something you don’t know of already, you can ask the teacher like this.
- Thank you for your hard work.
This is a common phrase that is widely used in a Japanese conversation. After doing work, one normally says this in the classroom or workplace. It is common etiquette to say this to everything as a goodbye notion.