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May 22nd, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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Hey listeners! Are there any words you didn't know before getting this list? Write them down here!

September 20th, 2018 at 12:40 AM
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Hi Andy (LaWanda),

Thanks for sending the question!

Seito / 生徒 means pupil, student, schoolchild.

Gakusei / 学生 also means student, but this one is used especially to describe a collage age student.

Here's a usage example:

Elementary school teacher: This is a student in my class. = 私のクラスの生徒です。

College professor: This is a student in my class. = 私のクラスの学生です。

When the word "gakusei" is used alone, it implies a college age student. However, when it's used with other kanji, it could mean the following:

小学生 (shōgakusei) = elementary school student

中学生 (chūgakusei) = middle school student

大学生 (daigakusei) = college student

I hope this helps. Thank you for studying with JapanesePod101.com!


Miki H


September 15th, 2018 at 05:04 AM
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Konnichiwa Andy desu!

I'm lost. What is the difference between seito and gakkusei? Is seito the word for specifically for student and gakkusei school student?

Arigatou gozaimasu.

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August 19th, 2018 at 09:29 PM
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Hi AJ,

Thank you for posting!

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Looking forward to seeing you often here.


Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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June 25th, 2018 at 01:05 PM
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It's amazing. And as I watch so many anime's I already knew the word student and teacher. I really love Japanese.