Japanese Education Vocabulary 2 – Cheat Sheet

Need help with learning different Japanese education vocabulary? Check out the second cheat sheet that we have created below for the terminology! In this cheat sheet, we have included the different terminology related to subjects and timetables in Japanese schools.

Education is a primary pillar of growth for human beings all around the world. Every country has its own system and curriculum. This is to allow children to become a part of their unique culture, and the Japanese education system is no different.

In Japan, all students are required to study Japanese language, Japanese literature, mathematics, social studies, science, music, arts, handicrafts and physical education. Japanese schools also have a “food and nutrition education” as part of their school lunch programs, known as shokuiku. This is where all students eat a school-provided lunch together in their classrooms, which they also prepare and serve.

The school year typically begins in April and ends in March of the following year. Most schools in Japan adopt a three-semester system, with the first semester from April to August, the second semester from September to December and the third semester from January to March.

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Japanese Education Vocabulary

JapanesePronunciationMeaning
げつgetsuMonday
kaTuesday
すいsuiWednesday
もくmokuThursday
いちじかんめichi jikan meFirst Hour
にじかんめni jikan meSecond Hour
さんじかんめsan jikan meThird Hour
よじかんめyo jikan meForth Hour
えいごeigoEnglish
れきしrekishiHistory
りかrikaScience
すうがくsūgakuMath
ぶつりbutsuriPhysics
しょどうshodōCalligraphy
おんがくongakuMusic
しゃかいshakaiSocial Studies
ちりchiriGeography
かていかkateikaHome Economics
たいいくtaiikuPE
こくごkokugoJapanese
びじゅつbijutsuArt
せいぶつseibutsuBiology
きゅうしょくkyūshokuLunch Time
ひるやすみhiruyasumiLunch Recess

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