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Learn Japanese With Anime - Oh? You’re Approaching Me?

In this video we’re going to analyse Dio Brando’s quote from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken).

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Analysis

ほう…向かってくるのか

ほう (interjection) means “oh” or “wow”, used towards inferiors to show the speaker is amazed or impressed. ほほう can also be used to show a bigger wow.

A verb te-form combined with くる (to come) is used to express the action moving towards the speaker. 向かって is the te-form of 向かう meaning “to head“ so 向かってくる means “to head towards me” or “approach me”.

のか (particles) marked by falling intonation is used to show surprise at what you see or hear. In this case, he sees Jotaro walking towards him, which surprised him.

So ほう…向かってくるのか means “Oh? You’re approaching me?”

逃げずにこのディオに近づいてくるのか

A stem of the verb nai-form followed by ずに means “without or instead of doing something”. 逃げない is the nai-form of 逃げる meaning “to run away” so 逃げずに means “instead of running away”

この (this) followed by the speaker’s name (Dio) or first person pronouns emphasises that the speaker is the one which is referred to. It’s often used by someone who is very confident and assertive.

に is the direction particle meaning “to or towards”.

近づいて is the te-form of 近づく meaning “to get close”, so 近づいてくる means “to come close to me” as くる expresses the action moving towards the speaker.

のか is, again, used to show surprise at what you see or hear.

So 逃げずにこのディオに近づいてくるのか directly means “Instead of running away, you’re coming close to this Dio?” which can be translated as “Instead of running away, you’re coming right to me?”

Verb Te-Form + くる/いく

Verb te-form followed by くる is used when the action is moving towards the speaker. In this scene, from Dio’s point of view, Jotaro is coming towards him so he says 向かってくる.

Then what if you are standing by Jotaro’s side, looking at him walking towards Dio?

From your point of view, the action is moving away from you. So you can say 承太郎がディオに向かって “いく” (to go) meaning “Jotaro is heading towards Dio (and going away from me)”.

So depending on the speaker’s point of view, either くる or いく is used after the verb te-form even though the direction of the action is the same.

Sentences

Dio Brando’s Quote

Oh? You’re approaching me? Instead of running away, you’re coming right to me?

Verb Te-Form + くる (action moving towards the speaker)

A dog is chasing me!
When I opened the curtains, lights came into the room.
Suddenly, a bird flew towards me, which surprised me.

Verb Te-Form + いく (action moving away from the speaker)

He went out of the room quietly.
The traveller left like the wind.
Hordes of crows are flying towards the sunset sky.

のか (used to show surprise at what you see or hear)

You can speak Spanish as well? Awesome!
You have turned 20 already? I can’t believe it!
The party only just started before but you’re already leaving? That’s a shame!

Nai-Form Stem + ずに (without/instead of …ing)

t’s not very nice to go home without saying anything.
If you are sick, please rest instead of pushing yourself.
It rained all day so I played games at home instead of going out.

NOTE

Exception: する (to do) becomes せずに (without doing) even though the nai-form is しない.

My brother is sleeping most of the time instead of studying.

Verb Nai-Form + で can also be used, which sounds more casual than 〜ずに.

My brother is sleeping most of the time instead of studying.

Vocabulary

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akeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to open (a door, etc.)
ichinichijuu
noun
  1. throughout the day
inu
noun
  1. dog (Canis (lupus) familiaris)
uchi
noun, no adjective
  1. home (one's own)
oikakeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to chase; to run after
kaeru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to return; to come home; to go home
kyuuni
adverb
  1. suddenly
kudasai
expression
  1. (after te-form of a verb or a noun prefixed with o- or go-) please do for me
kuru
kuru verb, intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
  1. to come (spatially or temporally)
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
saru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to leave; to go away
zannen
na adjective, noun
  1. disappointment

Kanji

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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
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. two, two radical (no.2)
Readings
Kun'yomi: ふた、ふた.つ、ふたた.び。
On'yomi: ニ、ジ。
Stroke Count
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. person
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、-と、-り。
On'yomi: ニン、ジン。
Stroke Count
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. enter, insert
Readings
Kun'yomi: い.る、はい.る、-い.り、-い.る、-い.れ、い.れる。
On'yomi: ジュ、ニュウ、ジュウ。
Stroke Count
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ten
Readings
Kun'yomi: とお、と。
On'yomi: ジュッ、ジュウ、ジッ、シュウ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. in, inside, middle, mean, center
Readings
Kun'yomi: なか、うち、あた.る。
On'yomi: チュウ、ジュウ。
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. exit, leave, go out, come out, put out, protrude
Readings
Kun'yomi: -で、-だ.す、だ.す、で.る、い.だす、い.でる。
On'yomi: スイ、シュツ。
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. 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
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. come, due, next, cause, become
Readings
Kun'yomi: く.る、き、こ、き.たす、き.たる、きた.す、きた.る。
On'yomi: ライ、タイ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. rain
Readings
Kun'yomi: あめ、あま、さめ、-さめ、あま-。
On'yomi: ウ。
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13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tale, talk
Readings
Kun'yomi: はな.す、はなし。
On'yomi: ワ、エ、カ。
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
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. evening
Readings
Kun'yomi: ゆう。
On'yomi: ジャク、セキ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. dog
Readings
Kun'yomi: いぬ、いぬ-。
On'yomi: ケン。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. elder brother, big brother
Readings
Kun'yomi: あに、にい.さん、せ、よし、え。
On'yomi: キョウ、ケイ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. gone, past, quit, leave, elapse, eliminate, divorce
Readings
Kun'yomi: さ.る、い、-さ.る。
On'yomi: コ、キョ。
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。

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