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How do you say this in Japanese?

When I was in high school I took (guitar) lessons.

I don't know the proper word for 'lessons' or which verb goes with it. Of course I would appreciate a translation of the whole sentence though.

My best guess would be:

Watashi wa koko no toki ni ressun o torimashita

  • What's the sentence you came up with so far ? – oldergod Dec 2 '16 at 0:14
  • You might want to read this answer on meta. – macraf Dec 2 '16 at 0:15
  • My best guess would be: Watashi wa koko no toki ni ressun o torimashita – Yorudan.A Dec 2 '16 at 0:26
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The best verb is [習]{なら}う. Check the dictionary on jisho.org:

to take lessons in; to be taught; to learn (from a teacher); to study (under a teacher); to get training in

The point of the verb 習う is that you have a teacher.

So the whole sentence is:

[私]{わたし}は[高校]{こうこう}のときギターを[習]{なら}っていました。

Watashi wa kōkō no toki gitā o naratte imashita.


Using the verb [習]{なら}う, it is difficult to hide "guitar" and just say "took some lessons." In this case, the noun [習]{なら}い[事]{ごと} is suitable. This means "(taking) lessons".

[私]{わたし}は[高校]{こうこう}のとき[習]{なら}い[事]{ごと}をしていました。

Watashi wa kōkō no toki naraigoto o shite imashita.


Side Note: in some cases you can use [取]{と}る to mean "take (classes)". It has the nuance of choosing from many classes and used often in universities where students can choose what classes they take.

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ressun is ok, but you might want to consider jugyou.
And also using ukemashita instead of torimashita.

高校の時、ギターの授業を受けました。
こうこうのとき、ぎたーのじゅぎょうをうけました。
koukou no toki, gitaa no jugyou wo ukemashita.

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