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Learn Japanese with Anime - I’m So Upset I Could Die

In this video we’re going to analyse Reina Kousaka’s quote from Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Yūfoniamu, 響け!ユーフォニアム).

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Analysis

悔しい

悔しい is an i-adjective used to express a mixture of anger, disappointment and bitter resentment caused by defeat, humiliation or frustration. There is no good English translation for くやしい but it could be “upset”, “mad”, “annoyed”, “frustrated“, and so on.

In this scene, she couldn’t make it to the nationals which is something unacceptable for her, and therefore she is very upset.

悔しくって死にそう

It consists of the te-form of an i-adjective and the stem of a verb masu-form followed by auxiliary verb そう meaning “so (adjective) that I could do something” or “so (adjective) that I’m about to do something”.

Let’s go into the details. 悔しくって is the same as 悔しくて which is the te-form of the i-adjective 悔しい. So when you want to make the te-form of an i-adjective, just replace the い with くて. And the small つ represents the doubling of the following consonant (kuyashikutte) which adds slight emphasis to the statement.

And the te-form is used to express a cause of the following effect which is 死にそう.

死に is the stem of the verb 死にます meaning “to die” and そう is the auxiliary verb used when you think you are going to do something, usually without wanting to do it, based on the way you feel.

So 悔しくって死にそう means “I’m so upset I could die”.

Sentences

Reina Kousaka’s Quote

I’m upset…I’m so upset I could die

悔しい (expresses a mixture of anger, disappointment and bitter resentment)

I’m frustrated that I lost the game.
I was mad at myself that I failed the exam last year.
I resent being bullied in school

Adj Te-Form + Verb Stem + そう (so + “adj” + that I could …)

I’m so happy that I’m about to collapse.
The music is so loud that my head could split!
The goal is so far that I feel discouraged.

Vocabulary

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ijimeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to tease; to torment
ochiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to fail (e.g. exam)
ongaku
noun
  1. music
gakkou
noun
  1. school
kyonen
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. last year
kujikeru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be crushed
kuyashii
i adjective
  1. regrettable; mortifying; vexing
shiai
noun, suru verb
  1. match; game
shiken
noun, suru verb
  1. examination; test
shinu
godan verb, irregular nu verb, intransitive verb
  1. to die
taoreru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to fall; to collapse
makeru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to lose; to be defeated
wareru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to split; to crack

Kanji

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10 Strokes
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English Meaning
  1. crush, break, sprain, discourage
Readings
Kun'yomi: くじ.く、くじ.ける。
On'yomi: ザ、サ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. year, counter for years
Readings
Kun'yomi: とし、ね。
On'yomi: ネン、デン。
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
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. death, die
Readings
Kun'yomi: し.ぬ、ころ.す、し.に-。
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
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. music, comfort, ease
Readings
Kun'yomi: たの.しい、たの.しむ、かな.でる、この.む。
On'yomi: ガク、ラク、ゴウ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. test, try, attempt, experiment, ordeal
Readings
Kun'yomi: ため.す、こころ.みる。
On'yomi: シ。
Stroke Count
18 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. verification, effect, testing
Readings
Kun'yomi: あかし、しるし、ため.す、ためし。
On'yomi: ケン、ゲン。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fit, suit, join, 0.1
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.う、あ.わせる、-あ.い、-あ.う、-あ.わせる、-あい、あ.い、あ.わす、あい-。
On'yomi: ゴウ、コウ、カッ、ガッ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. defeat, negative, -, minus, bear, owe, assume a responsibility
Readings
Kun'yomi: ま.ける、ま.かす、お.う、そむ.く。
On'yomi: フ、ブ、フウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. overthrow, fall, collapse, drop, break down
Readings
Kun'yomi: たお.れる、たお.す、だお.れ、さかさま、-だお.れ。
On'yomi: トウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. proportion, comparatively, divide, cut, separate, split
Readings
Kun'yomi: わり、わ.る、わ.れる、さ.く、わ.り。
On'yomi: カチ、カツ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fall, drop, come down
Readings
Kun'yomi: お.ちる、お.とす、おち、お.ち。
On'yomi: ラク。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. distant, far
Readings
Kun'yomi: とお.い、おに、ど、どお。
On'yomi: オン、エン。
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
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. repent, regret
Readings
Kun'yomi: く.いる、く.やむ、くや.しい。
On'yomi: ケ、カイ。
Stroke Count
15 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. glad, pleased, rejoice
Readings
Kun'yomi: うれ.しい、たの.しむ、うれし、うらし。
On'yomi: キ。

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