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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.

Sentences

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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.

Vocabulary

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ashita
noun, adverb
  1. tomorrow
amari
adverb
  1. (not) very (with neg. sentence)
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
umaku
adverb
  1. well
kaigairyokou
noun
  1. trip abroad
gakkou
noun
  1. school
shuumatsu
adverb, noun
  1. weekend
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
naisho
noun, no adjective
  1. secrecy; confidentiality
nihongo
noun
  1. Japanese (language)
ha
particle
  1. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
hoka
noun, no adjective
  1. other (place, thing, person)

Kanji

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2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. person
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、-と、-り。
On'yomi: ニン、ジン。
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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。
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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。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. day, sun, Japan, counter for days
Readings
Kun'yomi: -か、-び、ひ。
On'yomi: ジツ、ニチ。
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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。
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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。
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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。
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8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. study, learning, science
Readings
Kun'yomi: まな.ぶ、まな、まなぶ。
On'yomi: ガク。
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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。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. word, speech, language
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた.る、かた.らう。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
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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。
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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。
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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. sea, ocean
Readings
Kun'yomi: うみ。
On'yomi: ハイ、カイ、唐音。
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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. trip, travel
Readings
Kun'yomi: たび。
On'yomi: ロ、リョ。
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11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. week
Readings
On'yomi: シュ、ス、シュウ。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. inside, within, between, among, house, home
Readings
Kun'yomi: うち。
On'yomi: ナイ、ダイ。
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5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. other, another, the others
Readings
Kun'yomi: ほか。
On'yomi: タ。
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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。
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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。

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