Japanese Reading

If you're trying to practice your Japanese Reading then the page below should help. You will be able to sharpen your comprehension and understanding of the sample text below, which is part of the Article 26 and 27 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first section is in Japanese and the second part is in English. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Japanese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Japanese Reading

Read the following text very carefully and see what you can understand without looking at the English translation, and see what you understood from it, you can use our Japanese dictionary if you want.

Japanese Reading
第26条
すべて人は、教育を受ける権利を有する。教育は、少なくとも初等
の及び基礎的の段階においては、無償でなければならない。初等教育は、
義務的でなければならない。技術教育及び職業教育は、一般に利用できる
もでなければならず、また、高等教育は、能力に応じ、すべての者にひと
しく開放されていなければならない。
教育は、人格の完全な発展並びに人権及び基本的自由の尊重の教科を
目的としなければならない。教育は、すべての国又は人種的もしくは宗教
的集団の相互間の理解、寛容及び友好関係を増進し、かつ、平和の維持の
ため、国際連合の活動を促進するものでなければならない。
親は、子に与える教育の種類を選択する優先的権利を有する。
第27条
すべて人は、自由に社会の文化生活に参加し、芸術を鑑賞し、及び
科学の進歩とその恩恵とにあずかる権利を有する。
すべて人は、その創作した科学的、文学的又は美術的作品から生ずる
精神的及び物質的利益を保護される権利を有する。

Below is the translation of the above text, check what you understood without the help of the dictionary, after reading the translation one time, go back up and read the Japanese text and see if you can recognize the more words this time.

English Translation
Article 26
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27
1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

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