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The word for school is gakkou. Teachers are sensei and students are gakusei (or seito). College is daigaku (literally "big school"). A college student is daigakusei. In order to say what grade you are in, or whether you're a freshman-senior, you say "I'm a --year student." Where -- is replaced with the correct year.

ichinensei 
ninensei 
sannensei
yonensei

nen

Ninensei desu.

first year student
second year student
third year student
fourth year student

year

I'm a second year student.


For some other useful school vocabulary go here.

To say "I am a student at the University of ----" you say: ---- daigaku no gakusei desu. or ---- daigaku no seito desu. This also works for other types of schools like high schools, junior highs and elementary schools. Just insert the name of the school in place of ---- and the type of school in place of daigaku. Note that elementary school students are not generally called seito or gakusei, but jidou(children or juveniles).

West koukou no seito desu. I'm a West High School student.

Recall from Lesson 6 that Nihongo o benkyou shimasu. means 'I study Japanese.' Recall fromLesson 7 that the basic Japanese sentence structure is TTOPV. This stands for Topic/Time Object Place Verb. We will now add a few more general times to our sentences.

Examples:

mainichi
kinou
asatte


every day
yesterday
the day after tomorrow
Students of course also do a lot of shukudai (homework). To do homework is shukudai o shimasu. The verb "to do" is shimasu. Let's try a few sample sentences now.

Examples:

Mainichi, nihongo o renshuu shimasu.

 

Every day I practice Japanese.
 

Mainichi, eigo o benkyou shimasu. I study English every day.
Asatte, nihongo o renshuu shimasu. I will practice Japanese the day after tomorrow.
Kinou, suugaku o benkyou shimashita. Yesterday, I studied math.
Asatte, nihongo no shukudai o shimasu. The day after tomorrow I will do Japanese homework.
Kinou, suugaku no shukudai o shimasen deshita. I didn't do the math homework yesterday.


Lesson 10 Vocabulary
:

ichinensei 
ninensei 
sannensei 
yonensei 
daigakusei
seito
gakusei 
sensei

nen

mainichi
kinou
asatte

daigaku
koukou
suugaku
shukudai

benkyou shimasu
renshuu shimasu




freshman/first year student 
sophomore/second year student 
junior/third year student 
senior/fourth year student 
university student
student
student
teacher

year

every day
yesterday
the day after tomorrow

university/college
high school
math

homework

to study
to practice

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