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Learn Japanese with Anime - Let’s Play Soccer!

7 Sentences|23 Words|25 Kanji

Learn Japanese with Anime - Let’s Play Soccer!

In this video we’re going to analyse Mamoru Endo’s quote from Inazuma Eleven.

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Analysis

サッカー means “soccer”. Sports in Japanese are mostly named using katakana as many of them are imported from other countries. For example, テニス (tennis), ゴルフ (golf), バレーボール (volleyball), バスケットボール (basketball), ラグビー (rugby), バドミントン (badminton) and so on. On the other hand, Sports of Japanese origin are named using Kanji such as 空手 (karate), 柔道 (judo), 剣道 (kendo), 弓道 (kyudo), 合気道 (aikido), 相撲 (sumo) and so on. There are also sports which are imported from other countries but the name in kanji has become more common such as 野球 (baseball) and 卓球 (table tennis).

やろう is the volitional form of やる meaning “to do”. So サッカーやろう means “let’s play soccer”. You can also say サッカーしよう which is the volitional form of する but やろう sounds more rough and casual. The direct object particle を is omitted which often happens in casual speech.

ぜ is the sentence ending particle used towards equals or inferiors in male speech. It’s used when you want to emphasise or make sure of something in a friendly way, or when you simply want to sound cool and manly. When it’s used with a verb volitional form, it sounds more encouraging. Although, you rarely hear it in real conversations as it sounds a bit too rough or too masculine.

Mamoru Endo’s Quote

Let’s play soccer!

Sports + やる (to play …)

Why don’t we play tennis together?
I was doing Judo when I was a student.
Male high school students who are playing baseball mostly have a shaved head.

Sentence Ending Particle ぜ (emphasises/makes sure of something in a friendly way, makes your speech sound cool and manly)

I got all the Pokémons!
Hey, we are going home now!
The strongest man in this school is me!
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Vocabulary

ze
particle
  1. (sentence end) adds force
isshoni
adverb
  1. together (with)
gakuseijidai
noun
  1. student days
juudou
noun
  1. judo
yakyuu
noun
  1. baseball
danshi
noun
  1. youth; young man
koukousei
noun
  1. senior high school student
daitai
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. general
bouzuatama
noun
  1. close-cropped hair; shaven head
pokemon
noun
  1. pocket monster (internationally popular cartoon series, originally a video game)
zenbu
adverbial noun, noun (temporal), no adjective
  1. all
getto
noun, suru verb
  1. to get (something); to obtain
kaeru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to return; to go home
mou
adverb, interjection
  1. soon; shortly
gakkou
noun
  1. school
ichiban
adverbial noun
  1. best
tsuyoi
i adjective
  1. strong; powerful
ore
pronoun, no adjective
  1. me (rough or arrogant-sounding first-person pronoun, formerly also used by women)
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Kanji

Stroke Count
1 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. one, one radical (no.1)
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、ひと.つ、はじめ、てん、かづ、かつ、いる、まこと、かず、おさむ、か、かた、くに、さね、すすむ、たか、ただ、ち、のぶ、はじむ、ひ、ひじ、ひで、ひとし、まさし、もと、もろ、ひと-。
On'yomi: イチ、イツ。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. large, big
Readings
Kun'yomi: おお、おお.きい、おお.いに、もと、まさる、ひろし、はじめ、とも、たかし、おう、わ、うふ、-おお.いに、おお-。
On'yomi: ダイ、ダ、タイ、タ。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. child, sign of the rat, 11PM-1AM, first sign of Chinese zodiac
Readings
Kun'yomi: こ、ね、-こ。
On'yomi: ス、シ、ツ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. life, genuine, birth
Readings
Kun'yomi: い.きる、い.かす、い.ける、う.む、う.まれる、は.える、は.やす、お.う、なま、き、あい、あさ、あり、あらは.る、あ.る、あれ、い、いか、いき、いく、いけ、う、うぶ、うまい、うまは.る、うまる、うる、え、お、おい、おいし.く、おお、おき、おや、おや.す、おゆ、きつ、ぎゅう、くるみ、ごせ、さ、さん、すぎ、すすむ、せ、そ、そう、たか、ちる、なじ、な.す、なせ、なば、なり、なる、な.る、にう、にゅう、ぬく、のう、のり、ばい、はえ、はさま、ふ、ぶ、ふゆ、み、む、む.す、もう、や、ゆ、よ、よい、よど、りゅう、-う、う.まれ、なま-、うま.れる、うまれ。
On'yomi: しょう、セイ、サン、ショウ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. male
Readings
Kun'yomi: おとこ、お、み。
On'yomi: ナン、ダン。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. body, substance, object, reality, counter for images
Readings
Kun'yomi: からだ、かたち。
On'yomi: タイ、テイ。
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
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tall, high, expensive
Readings
Kun'yomi: たか、たか.い、-だか、たか.まる、たか.める。
On'yomi: コウ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. strong
Readings
Kun'yomi: つよ.い、つよ.まる、つよ.める、し.いる、こわ.い、すね、したた.か、あなが.ち、しい.て。
On'yomi: ゴウ、キョウ、ガン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. plains, field, rustic, civilian life
Readings
Kun'yomi: の、の-。
On'yomi: ヤ、ヤ、ショ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. turn, number in a series
Readings
Kun'yomi: つが.う、つが.える、つがい、ま、つが.い。
On'yomi: バン、ハ、ホン、ボン、ハン。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. road-way, street, district, journey, course, moral, teachings
Readings
Kun'yomi: みち。
On'yomi: ドウ、トウ。
Stroke Count
16 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. head, counter for large animals
Readings
Kun'yomi: あたま、かしら、かぶり、こうべ、-がしら。
On'yomi: ト、ズ、トウ、ジュウ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lord, chief, master, main thing, principal
Readings
Kun'yomi: あるじ、ぬし、おも。
On'yomi: ス、シュ、シュウ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. substitute, change, convert, replace, period, age, counter for decades of ages, eras, etc., generation, charge, rate, fee
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.(わ)る、か.える、よ、しろ、-がわ.り、か.わる、かわ.り、かわ.る。
On'yomi: ダイ、タイ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. whole, entire, all, complete, fulfill
Readings
Kun'yomi: すべ.て、まった.く。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ball, sphere
Readings
Kun'yomi: たま。
On'yomi: グ、キュウ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. section, bureau, dept, class, copy, part, portion, counter for copies of a newspaper or magazine
Readings
Kun'yomi: へ、べ、-べ。
On'yomi: フ、ブ、ホ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. boy, priest's residence, priest
Readings
On'yomi: ボッ、ボウ、ホウ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tender, weakness, gentleness, softness
Readings
Kun'yomi: やわ.らか、やわ.らかい、とお、やわ、やわ.ら。
On'yomi: ニュウ、ジュウ。
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
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。

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