Japanese / Foundation to Year 2 / Communicating / Translating

Curriculum content descriptions

Translate words and familiar phrases used in everyday situations from Japanese into English and vice versa, noticing how some words are shared between Japanese and English

[Key concepts: meaning, translation, explanation; Key processes: translating, demonstrating, interpreting]


  • explaining to others the meaning and use of simple expressions such as greetings that are used for different times and occasions, for example, おはようございます、いただきます
  • using classroom resources such as word banks, visual and online dictionaries, word lists and pictures to translate the meaning of single words and common expressions
  • identifying Japanese expressions and practices that do not translate readily into English, for example, きもの、おべんとう、せんせい、~さん、~くん, using two hands for giving and receiving and まる/ばつ (○×)
  • finding examples of Japanese words used in English, for example, ‘sushi’, ‘karate’, ‘origami’, and explaining what they mean
  • identifying key words in children’s stories or songs, for example, むかしむかし、おわり, and providing English translations or explanations of meaning
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Translation (Language),  Japanese language

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