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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Don’t Want To Become A Witch

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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Don’t Want To Become A Witch

In this video we’re going to analyse Madoka’s quote from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

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Analysis

私 means “I”.

魔女 means “a witch”.

にはなりたくない: If I break this down, it’s になりたくない with the particle は.

Noun になりたくない means “not want to become” something. なりたくない is the negative form of なりたい meaning “want to become” which consists of なる meaning “to become” and the auxiliary verb たい meaning “want to”. So 魔女になりたくない means “not want to become a witch”.

Then why do you need this particle は? – は particle basically has two functions. One is for the topic of a sentence, and the other is for contrast. In this sentence は for the topic is supposed to be after 私 but it’s omitted here which often happens in colloquial speech. So this は is the particle for contrast. In this situation, she is contrasting “being a witch” with “not being a witch”. Using this contrastive particle は changes the nuance of this sentence to “I want to become anything but a witch”. So she is implying that she really does NOT want to become a witch.

Quote

I don’t want to become a witch.

〜たい (want to)

I want to relax on the weekend.
I want to be better at Japanese.
I don’t want to go to school tomorrow.

に + Contrastive Particle は

I can NOT do such a thing. (Someone else might be able to do it)
Do NOT tell anyone else. (I am telling this only to you)
I don’t really like travelling overseas but I DO want to go to Europe.
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Vocabulary

watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I
majo
noun, no adjective
  1. witch
shuumatsu
adverbial noun, noun
  1. weekend
ha
particle
  1. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
yukkuri
adverb, noun, suru verb, adverb taking the to particle
  1. slowly; at ease
motto
adverb
  1. (some) more; even more
nihongo
noun, no adjective
  1. Japanese (language)
umaku
adverb
  1. well
ashita
noun (temporal)
  1. tomorrow
gakkou
noun
  1. school
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
sonna
pre-noun adjectival
  1. such (about the actions of the listener, or about ideas expressed or understood by the listener)
dekiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be able (in a position) to do
hoka
no adjective, noun, adverbial noun
  1. other (esp. places and things)
naisho
noun, no adjective
  1. secrecy; confidentiality
yo
particle
  1. (at sentence end) indicates indicates certainty, emphasis, contempt, request, etc.
kaigairyokou
noun
  1. vacation abroad
amari
na adjective, adverb, noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. not very (with negative sentence)
suki
na adjective, noun
  1. liking
yooroppa
noun, no adjective
  1. Europe
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Kanji

Stroke Count
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. person
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、-と、-り。
On'yomi: ニン、ジン。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. above, up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.げる、-あ.がり、-あ.がる、-あ.げる、-うえ、よ.す、あ.がり、あ.がる、うえ、かみ、うわ-、のぼ.す、のぼ.り、のぼ.る、のぼ.せる。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ、シャン。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. woman, female
Readings
Kun'yomi: おんな、め、をとめ、むすめ、なんじ。
On'yomi: ニョウ、ニョ、ジョ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. day, sun, Japan, counter for days
Readings
Kun'yomi: -か、-び、ひ。
On'yomi: ジツ、ニチ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical things
Readings
Kun'yomi: もと。
On'yomi: ホン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. study, learning, science
Readings
Kun'yomi: まな.ぶ、まな、まなぶ。
On'yomi: ガク。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. exam, school, printing, proof, correction
Readings
Kun'yomi: かせ。
On'yomi: ギョウ、キョウ、コウ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. inside, within, between, among, house, home
Readings
Kun'yomi: うち。
On'yomi: ナイ、ダイ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. outside
Readings
Kun'yomi: そと、ほか、はず.す、はず.れる、と-。
On'yomi: ゲ、ガイ、ウイ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. going, journey
Readings
Kun'yomi: い.く、ゆ.く、おこな.う、おこな.い、C、-い.き、-ゆ.き、-いき、-ゆき、おこ.なう。
On'yomi: C、A、ゴウ、コウ、アン、ヒン、A、ギョウ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bright, light
Readings
Kun'yomi: あか.るい、あき.らか、あ.ける、あけ、-あ.け、あ.く、あ.かす、あ.かり、あ.くる、あか.らむ、あか.るむ。
On'yomi: ミョウ、メイ、ミン。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. sea, ocean
Readings
Kun'yomi: うみ。
On'yomi: ハイ、カイ、唐音。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. week
Readings
On'yomi: シュ、ス、シュウ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. word, speech, language
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた.る、かた.らう。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. other, another, the others
Readings
Kun'yomi: ほか。
On'yomi: タ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. trip, travel
Readings
Kun'yomi: たび。
On'yomi: ロ、リョ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. end, close, tip, powder, posterity
Readings
Kun'yomi: すえ、うら。
On'yomi: マチ、マツ、バツ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fond, pleasing, like something
Readings
Kun'yomi: この.む、い.い、す.く、よ.い。
On'yomi: コウ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. private, I, me
Readings
Kun'yomi: わたくし、わたし、わたくし.する、わし、ひそ.か。
On'yomi: シ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. thong, beginning, inception, end, cord, strap
Readings
Kun'yomi: お、いとぐち、ほ。
On'yomi: チョ、ジョ、ショ。
Stroke Count
21 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. witch, demon, evil spirit
Readings
On'yomi: マ、バ。

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