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Chinese School Vocabulary Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Education, Vocabulary

With the start of September, summer vacation is officially over in China. All across the country, students are donning their track suits, red scarves, and “Safety” (安全 – Ān quán) hats. That’s right, it’s time to head back to school (开课 – kāi kè)! There are also plenty of foreigners arriving in China for the first time as they embark on their Chinese studies. To help get everyone ready to hit the books this semester, here’s some useful Chinese school vocabulary:

Chinese School Vocabulary

Me and my 小朋友们 in class.

学校
幼儿园
小学
中学
高中学
大学
学生
老师
指导员
校长

教室
学习

图书馆
书桌
黑板
笔记本
教科书
文件夹
日记
字典

铅笔

橡皮擦
胶水

订书机
背包
计算机
剪刀
作业
考试

xué xiào
yòu’ér yuán
xiǎo xué
zhōng xué
gāo zhōng xué
dà xué
xué shēng
lǎo shī
zhǐ dǎo yuán
xiào zhǎng

jiào shì
xué xí
jiào
tú shū guǎn
shū zhuō
hēi bǎn
bǐ jì běn
jiào kē shū
wén jiàn jiā
rì jì
zì diǎn

qiān bǐ
zhǐ
xiàng pí cā
jiāo shuǐ
chǐ
dìng shū jī
bèi bāo
jì suàn jī
jiǎn dāo
zuò yè
kǎo shì
school
kindergarten
primary school
middle school
high school
university
student
teacher
guidance counselor
principal
class
classroom
study
teach
library
desk
blackboard
notebook
textbook
binder
diary/organizer
dictionary
pen
pencil
paper
eraser
glue
ruler
stapler
backpack
calculator
scissors
homework
test/exam

Bad students – a group of us dressed as Chinese pupils on Halloween.

No Chinese lesson about school would be complete without one of the best Chinglish sayings out there:

Good good study, day day up!

好好学习天天向上

hǎo hào xué xí tiān tiān xiàng shàng

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is a teacher, student, writer, photographer, web designer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently planning a trip through Central/South America.


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