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For many of us, childhood is a time of carefree play and exploration. We spend hours running through fields, climbing trees, and building forts. We make friends easily, share our toys freely, and see the world as a place of endless adventure. Our imaginations run wild, and we believe that anything is possible.

But childhood is also a time of learning and growth. We learn to read, write, and count. We discover new interests and hobbies. We learn to navigate the complex social world around us, and we develop the skills we need to succeed in life. Our childhood experiences lay the foundation for our future, shaping our beliefs, values, and aspirations.

Let’s revisit our childhood and learn Japanese remembering it.

First question, what did you want to be when you were a child?


Kodomo no koro no yume wa nandeshitaka?

What was your dream when you were a child? (Like what you wanted to be when you grow up? etc…)

Optional: Share a picture of when you were a kid!


Kodomo no koro no shashin o shea shite kudasai!

Share a picture of when you were a child.

Other discussion questions


Mukashi no jibun ni adobaisu ga dekitara, donna adobaisu o shimasuka?

If you could give your childhood self advice, what would you tell them?



Kodomo no koro yoku benkyou o shimashitaka?

Did you study a lot as a kid?



Kodomo no koro supootsu o shimashitaka?

Did you do any sports when you were a kid?



Kodomo no koro donna mono ga suki deshitaka?

What kinds of things did you like as a kid?



Kodomo no koro donna hito ni akogarete imashitaka?

Who did you admire when you were a kid?



Kodomo no koro dono kyouka ga ichiban suki deshitaka?

Which school subject did you like when you were a kid?



Donna omocha de ichiban asobimashitaka?

What toys did you play with the most (as a kid)?



Kodomo no koro nihon ni kyoumi ga arimashitaka?

Did you have any interest in Japan when you were a kid?



Ichiban kokoro ni nokoru seishun no omoide wa nandesuka?

What was your most memorable experience as a teenager (adolescence)?



Seishun jidai donna ongaku o kikimashitaka?

When you were a teenager, what kind of music did you listen to?



Seishun jidai nani ni hamatte imashita?

When you were a teenager, what were you into? (hobbies, style, anything…)



Kodomo/ seishun jidai nani ga ichiban natsukashii desuka?

What do you most miss from your childhood, or teenage years?



Donna basho de sodachi mashitaka?

What kind of place did you grow up in? (big city, farm, country side, etc…)



Seishun jidai de ichiban suki datta yuumeiijin wa dare deshitaka?

Who was your favorite celebrity when you were a teenager?



Seishun jidai ni ichiban suki na hon wa nandeshitaka?

What was your favorite book when you were a teenager?


Useful Vocabulary



Teenage/adolescent years



Seishun jidai

Teenage/adolescent period




School subject




To admire