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Learn Japanese with Anime - Miracles Only Happen Once, Right?

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Learn Japanese with Anime - Miracles Only Happen Once, Right?

In this video we’re going to analyse Ichigo’s quote from Bleach (anime scene edited).

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Analysis

奇跡は一度だったよな

Actually, there should be quotation marks (「奇跡は一度」) as he quoted what Byakuya said before when Ichigo took the lead in the fight the first time. So let’s look at that first.

Byakuya’s Line

奇跡は一度だ。二度はないぞ、小僧!

kiseki wa ichido da. nido wa nai zo, kozō!

奇跡は一度だ: This is the basic sentence structure “A は B だ” meaning “A is B” so it means “a miracle is once”. So what he is saying is “miracles only happen once”.

二度はないぞ: 二度 means “twice”, は marks the topic, ない means “doesn’t exist” and ぞ is used to emphasise the statement in male speech. So he is saying “it never happens twice” or “there is no second time”.

So Ichigo quoted Byakuya’s line “奇跡は一度” meaning “miracles only happen once” and added だったよな.

だった is the past tense of だ so it means “was”.

よな is the masculine version of よね meaning “right?” which is used when you want confirmation from the listener.

So 奇跡は一度だったよな means “miracles only happen once, right?” or “miracles only happen once, was it?”. 

じゃあ二度目はなんだ

じゃあ means “then”.

二度目はなんだ is again the “A は B だ” sentence but this time the B is なん meaning “what” and the A is 二度目 meaning “the second time” so it means “what is the second time?” so he’s saying “what do you call it the second time?”. 

As you can see, they are only using simple sentence structures. Please note that だ is only attached to a noun or na-adjective, and if it’s an i-adjective or verb you just don’t need だ. Here are some examples. 明日は雨だ。meaning “It will rain tomorrow“. 図書館は静かだ。meaning “it’s quiet in the library“. 日本の冬は寒い。meaning “It’s cold in winter in Japan“.

Ichigo’s Quote

Miracles only happen once, right? Then what do you call it the second time?

よな (“right?” in male speech)

This train is going to Shinjuku, right?
Your house is this way, right?
Our teacher in junior high was strict, wasn’t he?

じゃあ (then)

It’s made in Italy and it’s this price? Then I’ll buy it!
Are you free tomorrow? Then let’s hang out!
Then, see you next week!

Noun + は + なんだ (what is …?)

What’s that face? Are you mucking around?
What is your dream?
What is this food?! It’s disgusting!

Note

なんだ is usually used towards someone in lower status or equals in male speech (in female speech, なに is used) but it can be used by girls when they are giving a quiz (and they often make a vowel sound of な longer). 

What is a “pan (bread)” you can’t eat?
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Vocabulary

jaa
conjunction, interjection
  1. well then
kiseki
noun, no adjective
  1. miracle
ichido
adverbial noun
  1. once; one time
nidome
noun
  1. the second time
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
yo
particle
  1. (at sentence end) indicates indicates certainty, emphasis, contempt, request, etc.
densha
noun
  1. (electric) train
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
omae
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (formerly honorific, now sometimes derog. term referring to an equal or inferior)
kocchi
noun
  1. this way (direction close to the speaker or towards the speaker)
chuugaku
noun
  1. middle school
tanninnosensei
noun
  1. homeroom teacher
kibishii
i adjective
  1. strict
itariasei
noun, no adjective
  1. made in Italy
nedan
noun
  1. price
kau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to buy
ashita
noun (temporal)
  1. tomorrow
hima
na adjective, noun
  1. day off
asobu
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to play
mataraishuu
expression
  1. See you next week
tabemono
noun
  1. food
taberu
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to eat
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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
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
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. 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
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
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. car
Readings
Kun'yomi: くるま。
On'yomi: シャ。
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. going, journey
Readings
Kun'yomi: い.く、ゆ.く、おこな.う、おこな.い、C、-い.き、-ゆ.き、-いき、-ゆき、おこ.なう。
On'yomi: C、A、ゴウ、コウ、アン、ヒン、A、ギョウ。
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. 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. in front, before
Readings
Kun'yomi: まえ、さき、-まえ。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. eat, food
Readings
Kun'yomi: た.べる、く.う、く.らう、は.む、やしな.う。
On'yomi: イ、ジキ、ジ、ショク、シ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. house, home, family, professional, expert, performer
Readings
Kun'yomi: いえ、や、うち。
On'yomi: ケ、ク、カ、コ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. week
Readings
On'yomi: シュ、ス、シュウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. buy
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.う。
On'yomi: メ、バイ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. electricity
Readings
Kun'yomi: いなずま。
On'yomi: デン、テン。
Stroke Count
18 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. face, expression
Readings
Kun'yomi: かお。
On'yomi: ゲン、ガン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. thing, object, matter
Readings
Kun'yomi: もの、もの-。
On'yomi: モツ、モチ、ブツ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. degrees, occurrence, time, counter for occurrences
Readings
Kun'yomi: -た.い、たび。
On'yomi: ト、ド、タク。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. play
Readings
Kun'yomi: あそ.ぶ、あそ.ばす、う、あす。
On'yomi: ユ、ユウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. responsibility, duty, term, entrust to, appoint
Readings
Kun'yomi: まか.せる、まか.す、た.える、とう、ひで、さ。
On'yomi: ニン、ジン。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. dream, vision, illusion
Readings
Kun'yomi: ゆめ.みる、くら.い、ゆめ。
On'yomi: ム、ボウ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. made in..., manufacture
Readings
On'yomi: セ、セイ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. shouldering, carry, raise, bear
Readings
Kun'yomi: かつ.ぐ、にな.う。
On'yomi: タン。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. grade, steps, stairs
Readings
Kun'yomi: きだ。
On'yomi: ダン、タン。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. price, cost, value
Readings
Kun'yomi: ね、あたい、じ。
On'yomi: ジ、ジキ、チ、チョク。
Stroke Count
17 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. stern, strictness, severity, rigidity
Readings
Kun'yomi: きび.しい、おごそ.か、きゅうら、いづ、いつくし、いか.めしい、とし。
On'yomi: ゴン、ゲン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. strange, strangeness, curiosity
Readings
Kun'yomi: く.しき、あや.しい、くし、めずら.しい。
On'yomi: キ、ギ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spare time, rest, leisure, time, leave of absence
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひま、いとま。
On'yomi: ゲ、カ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tracks, mark, print, impression
Readings
Kun'yomi: あと。
On'yomi: シャク、セキ。

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