新学期 – 学校関連のフレーズ・慣用句

Jaimie’s Blog – Back to school

新学期 – 学校関連のフレーズ・慣用句

September is here and for some of us it means it’s time to go back to school after the holidays.

There are quite a few differences between the systems in Japan and the U.K, one is that where I’m from, Scotland ,we don’t have junior high, so we start high school at 12 (an absolutely petrifying experience if I remember correctly) We also begin primary school at 5 and school starts in September not Spring.

Some of the classes are different too, we have to take religious education for at least 2 years, where we study about other religions and the effect they have on other cultures. French and German are compulsory for 2 years and after that you can drop one or continue both but you must continue a foreign language for at least 4 years. I think British kids start French at the age of 10 now actually.

We take GCSE exams at 16 in all subjects and after that we drop some of the subjects that aren’t necessary for entering the university we are thinking of and concentrate on some core subjects related to the field we would like to study in our higher education. We don’t really have a university entrance exam as such, your school grades are the basis for the uni you enter. Nobody goes to cram school, in fact I’ve never heard of one near where I used to live.

There are very few private schools, the majority of people, around 90 percent ,go to public schools and almost all schools are co-ed.

Lots of schools don’t have a uniform.

The canteen food was bad.

Anyway, since it’s back to school for some of you here are few phrases or idioms related to schools.

school on (to teach, instruct, lecture someone on a subject)
〜を学校する (教える、指導する、[人]にある科目を教え込む)
The first day at work was pretty boring. They just schooled us on the company’s rules.

cut class (not go to class)
授業を切る (授業をサボる)
I didn’t feel like going to school that day so I cut all my morning classes.

teacher’s pet (someone who does everything to keep the teacher happy)
先生のペット (先生に気に入られることは何でもする人)
I can’t stand that guy! He’s such a teacher’s pet.

flunk (to fail an exam or course)
I’m going to have to tell my parents I flunked maths again.

hit the books (begin to study hard)
本に当たる (猛勉強に取りかかる)
I’m going to have to hit the books early if I don’t want to flunk maths again.

pass with flying colours (to pass with a good score)
はためく旗とともに通過する (好成績で合格する)
His parents are over the moon because he passed all his exams with flying colours.

Hope you find those useful.

See you at the next class.