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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Thought It Was A Miracle That Someone I Loved Would Love Me Back

In this video we’re going to analyse Kotaro & Akane's quote from Tsuki ga Kirei (anime scene edited).

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Analysis

好きな人が自分を好きになってくれるなんて奇跡だ

The grammar is “A (Clause) なんて B (Noun/Na-adjective) だ” meaning “it is B that A”. The A is a clause and the B is a noun or na-adjective. なんて indicates the preceding clause is surprising or unexpected and だ is only used with a noun or na-adjective, so if it’s an i-adjective such as 嬉しい meaning “happy”, just remove だ. 奇跡 meaning “a miracle” is a noun so だ should be attached. So it means “it is a miracle that 好きな人が自分を好きになってくれる”.

好きな人が自分を好きになってくれる

好き means “favourite” or “to like”. It’s a na-adjective so with the noun 人 meaning “a person”, you need な between them so 好きな人 means “favourite person” or “person I like”.

が emphasises the preceding word as well as marking the subject.

自分 means “me” which is more objective than 私.

The を particle indicates the direct object of the action 好きになってくれる.

なって is the te-form of the verb なる and a noun or na-adjective になる means “to become something“. If it’s an i-adjective, remove the に and change the い to くsuch as 嬉しくなる meaning “to become happy”. So 好きになる means “to become favourite”, “come to like” or “fall in love”.

And a verb te-form followed by くれる means “to do something for me“ which shows the speaker is the receiver of the action and the action is something beneficial or favourable to the speaker.

So 好きな人が自分を好きになってくれる means “A person I love falls in love with me” or “someone I love loves me back” and 好きな人が自分を好きになってくれるなんて奇跡だ means “it is a miracle that someone I love loves me back”.

と思った

と思った means “I thought that”. 思った is the past tense of the verb 思う meaning “to think” and the quotation particle と works like “that” in english.

Sentences

Kotaro & Akane’s Quote

I thought it was a miracle that someone I loved would love me back.

A (Clause) + なんて + B (Noun/Adjective) (“it is B that A” used for something surprising/unexpected)

  • Noun/Na-Adjective +
It’s a surprise that a robot made this dish.
It’s strange that nobody noticed that noise.
  • I-adjective
It’s unusual for you to wake up so early.

NOTE

だ can be added before なんて which emphasises the speaker’s feelings of surprise.

What a surprise that a robot made this dish!

Verbs such as 言う (to say), 思う (to think), 信じる (to believe), etc. can be used instead of noun/adjective.

I can’t believe that you revealed our secret!

Clause + と思う (to think that …)

  • Verb + と思う
I think that it’s going to rain tomorrow.
  • I-Adjective + と思う
I think that anime is really interesting.
  • Noun/Na-Adjective + だ + と思う
I think that I am an idiot.

Vocabulary

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ashita
noun (temporal)
  1. tomorrow
anime
noun, no adjective
  1. anime (when referring to Japanese cartoons)
okiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to get up
  2. to wake up
oto
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. sound
odoroki
noun
  1. surprise; astonishment; wonder
omou
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to think
omoshiro
noun or verb acting prenominally
  1. interesting
kiseki
noun, no adjective
  1. miracle
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to do for one; to be given
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
konnani
adverb
  1. in this way
jibun
pronoun, no adjective
  1. myself
shinjiru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to believe
daremo
  • no-one (with neg. verb)
  • nante
    suffix
    1. (things) like
    2. exclamation

    Kanji

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    Stroke Count
    15 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. who, someone, somebody
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: だれ、たれ、た。
    On'yomi: ズイ、スイ。
    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. part, minute of time, segment, share, degree, one's lot, duty, understand, know, rate, 1%, chances, shaku/100
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: わ.け、わ.かつ、わ.かる、わ.ける、わ.かれる。
    On'yomi: ブ、フン、ブン。
    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
    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
    5 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. white
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: しろ、しら、しろ.い、か、あき、しら.む、もう.す、つくも、しら-。
    On'yomi: ビャク、ハク、パイ。
    Stroke Count
    6 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: いき。
    On'yomi: ケ、キ。
    Stroke Count
    8 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. rain
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: あめ、あま、さめ、-さめ、あま-。
    On'yomi: ウ。
    Stroke Count
    4 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. negative, non-, bad, ugly, clumsy
    Readings
    On'yomi: ブ、フ、ホチ、フウ、フツ。
    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
    6 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. oneself
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: みずか.ら、おの.ずから、より、おの.ずと。
    On'yomi: ジ、シ。
    Stroke Count
    7 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. make, production, prepare, build
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: つく.る、づくり、つく.り、づく.り、な.す、くり、まさか、あり、つくり、つくる、とも、なお、なり、ふか、-づく.り。
    On'yomi: サク、サ、サッ。
    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. think
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: おも.う、おぼ.す、おもえら.く。
    On'yomi: シ。
    Stroke Count
    9 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. sound, noise
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: おと、ね。
    On'yomi: オン、イン、-ノン。
    Stroke Count
    10 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. fee, materials
    Readings
    On'yomi: リョウ。
    Stroke Count
    10 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. rouse, wake up, get up
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: お.きる、お.こす、お.こる、おこ.す、た.つ。
    On'yomi: コ、キ。
    Stroke Count
    11 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. logic, arrangement, reason, justice, truth
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: みち、まろ、まさし、まこと、ひ、のり、に、とおる、ただし、さとる、おさむ、ことわり、よし、あや。
    On'yomi: リ。
    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
    6 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. hit, right, appropriate, himself
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: あ.たる、あ.てる、あ.たり、まさ.に、まさ.に・・・すべし、たい、あ.て、まさ.にべし。
    On'yomi: トウ、トウ。

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