I've seen both:




"Take a class"

Is there a difference in usage, nuance, or meaning?

For example, if I want to write:

He/she will probably take the beginner's class.

which would be more appropriate?


"授業を受ける" refers to the act of being in a class while a class is in progress. You should mentally picture you being in a class room, at the very moment the teaching is going on.

"授業を取る" on the other the hand refers to the act of registering to a class, for a semester for example. It need not involve your being present in a class room at the moment.

  • Excellent! Thank you so much. Textbooks are a little unclear on this point, so I really appreciate your clarification. – Anonymous Sep 10 '14 at 13:43

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