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Learn Japanese with Anime - I’ll Keep Moving Forward Until I Destroy My Enemies

In this video we’re going to analyse Eren’s quote from Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin).

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Analysis

俺は進み続ける (Main Clause)

俺 is the pronoun meaning “I or me” used in casual male speech.

The は particle shows the preceding word 俺 is the topic of the sentence.

進み is the stem of the verb masu-form 進みます meaning “to move forward” and 続ける means “to continue”. The stem of a verb masu-form followed by 続ける means “keep doing something” so 進み続ける means “keep moving forward”.

敵を駆逐するまで (Subordinate Clause)

敵 means “enemy”.

The を particle indicates the direct object of the following verb.

And the following verb is 駆逐する meaning “to destroy” or “exterminate”, so 敵を駆逐する means “destroy enemies”.

まで is the particle meaning “up to, till, until”. When it follows a verb dictionary-form, it means “until one does something”, so 駆逐するまで means “until I destroy”.

Japanese sentences usually have the main clause in the latter so it’s supposed to be 敵を駆逐するまで俺は進み続ける, but he inverted the clauses to make the subordinate clause stand out.

Sentences

Eren’s Quote

I’ll keep moving forward… until I destroy my enemies.

Verb Masu Stem + 続ける (keep …ing)

Even when it started raining, I kept running.
It’s not good for your eyes to keep looking at mobile screens.
No matter how old I am, I want to keep challenging.

Verb Dictionary-Form + まで (until one does something)

Stay with me until I fall asleep.
Until I heard your voice, I didn’t notice who it was.
Can I play games until dinner is ready?
NOTE

までに means “by the time”.
I have to finish my homework by the time the teacher comes.

Vocabulary

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ii
i adjective (yoi/ii)
  1. OK (as て(も)いい, と(も)いい, etc.; indicates permission or compromise)
ochiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to fall (in love, asleep, etc.)
ore
pronoun
  1. I; me (rough or arrogant)
owaru
godan verb, intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
  1. to finish
gamen
noun
  1. screen (of a TV, computer, etc.)
kuchiku
noun, suru verb
  1. destruction
kuru
kuru verb, intransitive verb
  1. to come (spatially or temporally)
keitai
noun
  1. mobile phone
shukudai
noun
  1. homework
susumu
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to advance; to go forward
sensei
noun
  1. teacher
dare
pronoun
  1. who (だあれ is emphatic or inquisitive)
chousen
noun, suru verb
  1. challenge

Kanji

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Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。
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
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
Readings
Kun'yomi: さき、ま.ず。
On'yomi: セン。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. see, hopes, chances, idea, opinion, look at, visible
Readings
Kun'yomi: み.る、み.える、み.せる。
On'yomi: ケン、ゲン。
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
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hear, ask, listen
Readings
Kun'yomi: き.く、き.こえる。
On'yomi: ブン、モン。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. eye, class, look, insight, experience, care, favor
Readings
Kun'yomi: -め、め、ま-。
On'yomi: ボク、モク。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. private, I, me
Readings
Kun'yomi: わたくし、わたし、わたくし.する、わし、ひそ.か。
On'yomi: シ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. run
Readings
Kun'yomi: はし.る、はしり、かける、ゆき。
On'yomi: ス、ソウ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. commence, begin
Readings
Kun'yomi: はじ.める、-はじ.める、はじ.まる。
On'yomi: シ。
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
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. end, finish
Readings
Kun'yomi: -お.わる、お.える、お.わる、つい、おわ.る、つい.に。
On'yomi: お.わる、お.える、シュ、シュウ、おわ.る、つい、つい.に、ばて。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meal, boiled rice
Readings
Kun'yomi: めし、いい、いり、え。
On'yomi: ボン、ハン。
Stroke Count
18 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. topic, subject
Readings
On'yomi: ダイ、テイ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. voice
Readings
Kun'yomi: こえ、こわ、こわ-。
On'yomi: ショウ、セイ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. good, pleasing, skilled
Readings
Kun'yomi: よ.い、い.い、まこと.に、やや、-い.い、-よ.い。
On'yomi: ラ、ロウ、リョウ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. mask, face, features, surface
Readings
Kun'yomi: おもて、おも、つら、ほおつき。
On'yomi: メン、ベン。

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