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, 2016 at 0:14
  • You might want to read this answer on meta.
    – macraf
    Dec 2, 2016 at 0:15
  • My best guess would be: Watashi wa koko no toki ni ressun o torimashita
    – Yorudan.A
    Dec 2, 2016 at 0:26

2 Answers 2


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:


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".


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.


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

koukou no toki, gitaa no jugyou wo ukemashita.

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