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Learn Japanese with Anime - Money Is Worth More Than Life!

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Learn Japanese with Anime - Money Is Worth More Than Life!

In this video we’re going to analyse Tonegawa’s quote from Kaiji (Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor).

Analysis

金 means “money”.

は is a topic particle which indicates that 金 is the topic he is talking about.

な is a particle which comes at the end of a word or phrase, usually used to convince someone in male speech.

命 means “life”.

より means “than”.

So 命より means “than life”.

重い means “heavy”. In this context, it means “important” or “worthy”.

んだ is used to make a sentence into an explanation for the previous context. So if it’s 金は命より重い without んだ he is just stating the fact that money is worth more than life regardless of the context. But with んだ, he makes it sound more persuasive in order to convince them to stop complaining about dying for money (He is explaining why they shouldn’t complain).

Quote

Money is worth more than life!

な (used to convince someone in male speech)

Hey, give up already.
I have something I want to tell you.
To be honest, I bought this for you.

より (than)

noun + より

I like anime more than manga.

i/na-adjective + より

Being nice is better than being cute.
A city is better lively than quiet.

verb + より

Going by train is faster than taking this bus.

んだ/んです (used to make a sentence into an explanation for the previous context)

It follows casual form of verb, i-adjective, na-adjective or noun. It can be affirmative, negative, present tense or past tense.

verb + んだ/んです

I will take leave today. I caught a cold.

i-adjective + んだ/んです

I want to quit my part-time job. The workplace relationship is wearing.

na-adjective + + んだ/んです

Why is it so quiet?

Note

んだ/んです in a question implies that you want an explanation for the question.

noun + + んだ/んです

It’s already this time. I have to go home.
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Vocabulary

na
particle
  1. (sentence end, mainly masc.) indicates emotion or emphasis
inochi
noun
  1. (mortal) life
ndesu
nda
expression
  1. the reason is that ...
akirameru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give up
mou
adverb, interjection
  1. already
  2. interjection used to strengthen expression of an emotion (often exasperation)
omae
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (formerly honorific, now sometimes derog. term referring to an equal or inferior)
tsutaeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to convey; to report
jitsuha
expression, adverb
  1. by the way
kau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to buy
manga
noun
  1. comic
anime
noun, no adjective
  1. anime (when referring to Japanese cartoons)
suki
na adjective, noun
  1. liking; love
kawaii
i adjective
  1. cute; lovely; pretty
yasashii
i adjective
  1. kind; gentle
shizuka
na adjective
  1. quiet; peaceful
hou
adverbial noun, noun
  1. side; way
nigiyaka
na adjective
  1. bustling; busy
densha
noun
  1. (electric) train
noru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to ride in; to board
de
particle
  1. indicates means of action
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
kyou
noun (temporal)
  1. today
yasumu
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to take a day off
kazewohiku
expression, godan verb
  1. to catch a cold
kaze
noun
  1. cold (illness); common cold
hiku
godan verb, intransitive verb, transitive verb
  1. to catch (cold)
baito
noun, suru verb
  1. work (esp. part time or casual)
yameru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to resign
ningenkankei
noun, no adjective
  1. human relations
tsurai
i adjective
  1. painful; bitter
jikan
adverbial noun, noun
  1. time
kaeru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to return; to go home; to go back
nakya
suffix
  1. (after negative base of verb) have to do
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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
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. rest, day off, retire, sleep
Readings
Kun'yomi: やす.む、やす.まる、やす.める。
On'yomi: キュウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. early, fast
Readings
Kun'yomi: はや.い、はや.まる、はや.める、そ、さわ、さか、さ-、はや、はや-。
On'yomi: サッ、ソウ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. car
Readings
Kun'yomi: くるま。
On'yomi: シャ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. gold
Readings
Kun'yomi: かね、かな、-がね、かな-。
On'yomi: コン、キン、ゴン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. now
Readings
Kun'yomi: いま。
On'yomi: コン、キン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. pull, tug, jerk, admit, install, quote, refer to
Readings
Kun'yomi: -び.き、ひ.き、ひ.く、ひ.き-、ひ.ける。
On'yomi: イン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. direction, person, alternative
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた、まさ、-かた、-がた。
On'yomi: ホウ。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. what
Readings
Kun'yomi: なに、なん、あが、なに.の、なん.の、なん.ぞ、いず.れ、なに-、なん-。
On'yomi: ガ、カ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. brush-stroke, picture
Readings
Kun'yomi: えが.く、か.く、かぎ.る、はか.る、かく.する、はかりごと。
On'yomi: エ、ガ、ワク、カイ、カク。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. in front, before
Readings
Kun'yomi: まえ、さき、-まえ。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. wind, air, style, manner
Readings
Kun'yomi: -かぜ、かぜ、かざ-。
On'yomi: フ、フウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. homecoming, arrive at, lead to, result in
Readings
Kun'yomi: かえ.る、かえ.す、おく.る、とつ.ぐ。
On'yomi: キ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. buy
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.う。
On'yomi: メ、バイ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. interval, space
Readings
Kun'yomi: あいだ、ま、あい。
On'yomi: ケン、カン。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. electricity
Readings
Kun'yomi: いなずま。
On'yomi: デン、テン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fate, command, decree, destiny, life, appoint
Readings
Kun'yomi: いのち、みこと。
On'yomi: ミョウ、メイ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. reality, truth
Readings
Kun'yomi: み、みの.る、さね、まこと、みの、みち.る、まことに。
On'yomi: ジチ、シツ、ジツ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ride, power, multiplication, record, counter for vehicles, board, mount, join
Readings
Kun'yomi: の.る、の.せる、の.り、のり、-の.り。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. person in charge, connection, duty, concern oneself
Readings
Kun'yomi: かかり、かか.る、がかり、かか.わる、-がかり。
On'yomi: ゲ、ケイ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. heavy, heap up, pile up, nest of boxes, -fold
Readings
Kun'yomi: B、おも.い、かさ.ねる、かさ.なる、しげ、おも.なう、おも.り、しげる、さね、え、おも。
On'yomi: ジュウ、チョウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. transmit, go along, walk along, follow, report, communicate, legend, tradition
Readings
Kun'yomi: つた.える、つた.わる、つて、-づた.い、つた.う、つだ.う。
On'yomi: デン、テン。
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
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. boulevard, street, town
Readings
Kun'yomi: まち、また。
On'yomi: ガイ、ケ、カイ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. love, affection, favourite
Readings
Kun'yomi: め.でる、いつ.くしむ、お.しむ、いと.しい、え、まな、かな.しい。
On'yomi: オ、アイ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. resign, word, term, expression
Readings
Kun'yomi: や.める、いな.む。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. connection, barrier, gateway, involve, concerning
Readings
Kun'yomi: せき、かか.わる、ぜき、からくり、かんぬき、-ぜき。
On'yomi: ケン、カン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. quiet
Readings
Kun'yomi: しず、しず.か、しず.まる、しず.める、しづ、しず-。
On'yomi: ジョウ、セイ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. can, passable, mustn't, should not, do not
Readings
Kun'yomi: ききい.れる、き.く、べ.き、よ.い、-べ.き、-べ.し。
On'yomi: カ、コク。
Stroke Count
17 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tenderness, excel, surpass, actor, superiority, gentleness
Readings
Kun'yomi: やさ.しい、すぐ.れる、まさ.る。
On'yomi: ウ、ユウ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spicy, bitter, hot, acrid
Readings
Kun'yomi: から.い、からし、かろ.うじて、つら.い、かのと、-づら.い。
On'yomi: シン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. wicked, injustice, wrong
Readings
Kun'yomi: よこし.ま。
On'yomi: ヤ、ジャ、シャ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. cartoon, involuntarily, in spite of oneself, corrupt
Readings
Kun'yomi: みだりに、そぞろ、そぞ.ろ、みだり.に。
On'yomi: マン、バン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. flourish, be bustling, prosperity
Readings
Kun'yomi: にぎ.わい、にぎ.やか、にぎ.わす、にぎ.わう。
On'yomi: シン。
Stroke Count
16 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. abandon, give up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あき.らめる、あきら.める、つまびらか、まこと。
On'yomi: タイ、テイ。

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