Kanji School Life
( LEVEL - Beginner - N5 N4 N3 N2 N1 - Advanced )
In Japan, we have a different school system from other countries. First of all, a new year starts in April and the year ends in March. Every year, the entrance ceremony called “入学式 (Nyugaku-shiki)” is around the best season to see cherry blossoms!
Schools are categorized depending on the age of students. The table below is showing the basic school system structure.
*Some students go to vocational college (専門学校 - senmon gakkou) or junior college (短期大学 - tanki daigaku) instead.
“Students” are called differently depending on the school stages, but you don’t need to strictly use them. Normally we use “児童 - jidou” for kids to be educated like pupils, and “学生- gakusei” for people to acquire higher education. On the other hand, if you want to say “learners” like adult Japanese learners, you can say “学習者 - gakushuu-sha”.
When you call teachers, you can say “先生(sensei)” or “Name + 先生(sensei)”. This “先生(sensei)” is a general word for someone who teaches school subjects, no matter if he/she is a certified full-time or part-time teacher (tutor). So you can call me “Aki先生(sensei)”!
Also, you can use “先生(sensei)” for instructors like a piano instructor and a driving instructor.
Moreover, “先生(sensei)” shows your respect for someone whose job is important. So when we call doctors, lawyers, and politicians, we often use “先生(sensei)” or “Name + 先生(sensei)”, too. Quite interesting, right?
Fun Activity: Let’s memorize Kanji with illustrations!
Now let’s try to remember nature Kanji linked to each illustration.
*Please take note that the following illustrations are based on my inspiration from Kanji shapes. (Often people find it easier to remember Kanji by using mnemonics).