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  5. "高校生です。"


Translation:I am a high school student.

June 8, 2017



俺 (ore) = I (very informal),

高校生 (koukousei) = high school student,

探偵 (tantei) = detective,

工藤 = Kudou (family name),

新一 = Shin'ichi (name)



I never watched the anime-

But based on what they all mean, would the sentence be "I am high school detective Shin'ichi Kudou"?


I wish to know why Japanese always keep their names in reversed order !!


It's not "reversed", it's just the way it is there, we should avoid westernizing even further the east. I believe they hold the family name in extremely high regard, so it must come first, also when people that aren't close refer to you they use your family name (Kurosaki-san, for instance). Although, it is true that it causes some confusion between westerners, I, myself, am not sure about which is Akira Toriyama's family name and which is his own name


鳥山-toriyama, his family name 明-akira, his given name


It's not just an Asian thing. In Bavaria (where I lived for many years) they put the last name first when they're talking about someone. It's like there might be several people with the first name 'Thomas' but we're talking right now about the 'Schmied Thomas.' I always thought of the last name functioning as a sort of adjective.


"High school student" should be accepted!


です implies you're saying someone is a High School student. It could be you're, I'm, They're, etc.


Is not implying anyone, is just stating "a high school student"


No, it's not. Japanese omits subjects, but the sentence still includes a verb (です). "I am..." "He is..." "She is...", etc. would all be possible translations, but just "a high school student" would not.

"A high school student" would just be 高校生, omitting です entirely.


Thank you for the clarification :)


It does imply someone. です is a copula the likes of "to be" in English. Japanese is a pro-drop language where sentences are based on default interpretations. If a statement has no subject and there is no prior conversation topic to clear it out, then the subject (or topic) is "I" by default. If a question has no subject and there's no context to make you think otherwise, then the subject is "you" by default. However, if you have been speaking about Jon all the time up to the statement/question, well that's a different story... In that case, it'd probably refer to Jon.


No, because です implies that you are talking about someone. "Who is a high school student? " - " 高校生です " (I am/he is/she is a high school student). If you want to say only "high school student", it would have been 高校生, without the です.


When you use only です you dont need to clarify who are you talking about the listener will know that you are talking about yourself, for example you can say 私は十六歳です (im 16 yo) or just 十六歳です (im 16 yo), the 私は can be omitted


Just for interest's sake, can anyone explain the developments to how we use "高校", instead of something based off of "学"?


While 小学校 and 中学校 mean literally "Primary School" and "Middle School", 高校 is short for 高等学校 (こう·とう·がっ·こう) that means "Senior High School" or "High-Grade School". Japanese love abbreviations and 高校 are the two most essential Kanji of 高等学校, because while 学校 means school, 学 literally means "to learn" and 校 has the literal meaning of "school". With only those two you can get across that you mean 高等学校


I was struggling with understanding this anomaly, and you illustrating that it's based on the same pattern helps a lot.


Isn't the literal translation of primary school actually 'small school'?


It can also be "is highschool student" or "am highschool student"


In Japanese, there's no need to specify the subject, but it is necessary for English. You need to answer in grammatically correct English.


Yes, you would need to include s/he is or I am. Verbs include person ie. who is doing the action. While the endings is verbs in other languages change to show who is doing the action - Spanish - hablo - I speak, hablas - you speak etc, Italian - mangio - I eat, mangi - you eat etc, the verbs of Japanese endings do not change to show person HOWEVER that doesn't mean that person ie. who is doing the action isn't included in the verb - so you still need to translate that accordingly.


Why "students"? There is no indication of plural. And why is the answer insist of "you're"? No indication. The sentence has no context.


As far as I know, there aren't any plural words in Japanese, it just depends on the context. Also, depending on the situation, ごうごう生です can mean "I am a highschool student" or "You are a highschool student" or "they are a highschool student" because it's not specified. If it's not letting you answer with one of these things, you should report it.




"High school PUPIL" should be accepted - so should "secondary school pupil". "Student" is only used of people in tertiary education where I come from.


Why does the pronunciation of 生 change to a "se" sound in this sentence? Shouldn't it be "nama"?


It's pronounced as せい whenever it means "student", なま are used in other cases, like "raw/ not cooked," etc.


Don't change. there is in fact more than one reading for most kanji. That is why when we study kanji, it is more effective to study them in all (or most) of their uses, to decorate themselves as one writes the various words that use it.

For example kanji 一 reads "い ち", but only when the word would be the cardinal number One. If you want to speak from the ordinal "First" the reading would be "ひ と つ" (Adding the "tsu" to differentiate.

This is most evident when one understands that there is the On reading and the Kan reading of Kanji. Kanji 大 in reading ON reads だ い, and a serious use would be 大学 (Big school to the letter, but we can accept a higher school) already the adjective "great" is written 大 き な where reading KUN "お お" makes present. Kanji has not changed. It actually reads differently.

For those who speak English, just compare with vowels, where ALL has more than one reading and everything will depend on the etymology of the word. America's A, does not read like Apple's A.

So keep one thing in mind. Almost every kanji has more than one reading. ALWAYS you want to study a particular one, look directly in a dictionary for all the other readings.


how is this pronounced?


こうこうせいで す


I wrote "pupil" and it was marked wrong. Why?


It probably doesn't know what "pupil" means (more common in some English speaking parts of the world than others).


What places by chance? Not testing you, but I am genuinely curious.


Britain by a long way, the British English translation of this sentence is... I am a secondary school pupil - although the use of high has become more popularised. But definitely not student, you only become a student when you hit college, which is not the same thing as college in the US (that's university).


I also used "upper school" which is equivalent in one of the multiple UK systems and this isnt accepted yet.


Why is it that 生 (せい) works in place of 学生 (がくせい)?


(I don't know if there is an actual explanation, but here is how I interpret the reason, it helps me remember) (I am also using Kanji Tree to help support this)

学 = Study; Learning; Science.

生 = Life; Genuine; Birth

In order to help me remember that, together, they mean student, I take the definitions of each and try to apply it to each other.

Studying Life: In middle and high school, we learn about past events in the world.

Genuine Learning: We are learning something valuable from important events that took place throughout history.

Science and Birth: Everything was created in some way. Science may answer most of our questions as to how such a thing was born!

And all of these happen to a student! We learn and study, get something (probably) valuable out of it!

And that's how 生 works in 学生. Birth (生) of Learning (学) could also be a good interpretation, as students start to learn about things!

I hope this helped in some way.


Would it not be "わたしは高校生です"


That is a grammatically correct sentence, but you'd rarely actually say that. Japanese is a highly context-based language, so the subject (わたし and its particle は, in this case) is usually omitted. It's not wrong to include it, but you'll sound incredibly weird.

The original sentence could technically be translated as, "I'm a high school student," "You're a high school student," "He's a high school student," etc. All of those are correct since it omitted the subject. It would just be up to the rest of the conversation to provide context as to who the subject was. You'd only explicitly include it if it would otherwise be unclear.


is it, "kogo" or "kogo?"


こうこう (Koukou)


Why is a different kanji for school used here?


i understand that if the subject is missing it is pertaining to the speaker. but in other examples like "teburu desu" , they say "it is a table" not "i am a table". it gets confusing because i don't know which answer should be correct since the sentence isn't really complete


This course is the worst as I am not from an english country T.T


I wrote "It is a high school student" and got wrong. Should that not be possible, or is it rude to say "it" and only "he/she" will be acceptable?


We do use "it" for talking about people occasionally, especially when we know very little about the person and/or don't want to reveal their gender, or want to dehumanise them: "Guess who's been graffitt-ing the toilets? It's a high school student". One that basis I think it should be acceptable, but it wouldn't be a common translation.


Interesting what's accepted "I'm a high schooler" is ok but not "He/she's a high schooler", "He/she is a high school student" accepted but not "You're a high school student", and no variety of "senior (high) school student" seems to be accepted...


Pronounced こうこうせいです "kokoseides"


can we say "it's a high school student" ?


Why not 高校学生です?


i have issue about the word " it ". How can you say " it" to a living human being


Now the duolingo is joking with me! In the previous 大学生 で す. It means "They're college" And he gave the "i'm a college" as incorrect. Now I answered "High School stutendt" and he said that I made a mistake. The correct one is "I'm a high school student"?


You're not taking into account the copula verb で す at the end. で す state an equivalency of some kind, like something IS/ARE/AM this thing. With the implied topic being yourself "I", you have to translate as a full sentence using that verb.


です= I am when it is behind a sentence (´ω`)


This could also be a high school student without the "i am". Duolingo almost never uses "wayashi ha".


even if the contextual "be-er" is omitted the original full structure is 私が高校生です which uses the copula です as a way to express that A = B. So if you see Bです what it really means is "A (implicit) = B"

high school student is 高校生

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It needs a verb because of です, which leads to inserting an implied or contextual subject. 高校生です is literally "[subject] is/are a high school student/s".


Schools have pupils. Universities have students.


Well thats nots true


When I was a child, using "student" for a schoolchild would have been odd in normal use (though in, say, educational administration it might have been used). As you say a "student" would be understood as being at university. But things change. The general US confusion of school with university (including use of the word "school" for both) has crossed over to here and I suspect most dialects of English now do not make the distinction.

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