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Learn Japanese with Anime - A Pig That Doesn’t Fly Is Just An Ordinary Pig

7 Sentences|28 Words|17 Kanji

Learn Japanese with Anime - A Pig That Doesn’t Fly Is Just An Ordinary Pig

In this video we’re going to analyse Porco’s quote from Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta).

Analysis

This is the basic sentence structure, “A wa B da” which means “A is B”. 

A: 飛ばねえ豚 (the topic of the sentence)

飛ばねえ means “doesn’t fly”. It is a broken version of 飛ばない, usually used in very informal, male speech.

豚 means “a pig”.

飛ばねえ is a verb, modifying the noun 豚, so it means “a pig that doesn’t fly”. In Japanese, when you modify a noun with a clause, the word order is just like when you modify a noun with an adjective or a noun such as おいしい食べ物 meaning “delicious food” and 日本の食べ物 meaning “Japanese food” so the modifier always comes before the noun that is modified. For example, 昨日買った食べ物 meaning “the food that I bought yesterday” 勉強している人 meaning “a person who is studying” 昨日読んだ本 meaning “a book that I read yesterday”.

B: ただの豚 (the predicate noun)

ただの means “ordinary” or “just”. So ただの豚 means “an ordinary pig”.

Porco’s Quote

A pig that doesn’t fly is just an ordinary pig.

Modified Nouns with Clauses

The restaurant that I went to yesterday was very expensive.
The town where I live is near the sea.
Meals that my mother makes are all delicious.

The Basic Sentence “A wa B da” (A is B)

Shinjiku at night is lively.
The part-time girl is still a student.
This apartment is new and clean.
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Vocabulary

tobu
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to fly
tada
no adjective
  1. ordinary; common; usual
kinou
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. yesterday
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
resutoran
noun
  1. restaurant (esp. Western-style)
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
sumu
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to live (of humans); to reside
okaasan
noun
  1. mother
tsukuru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to make
ryouri
noun, suru verb
  1. cooking
zenbu
adverbial noun, noun (temporal), no adjective
  1. all
yoru
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. evening; night
nigiyaka
na adjective
  1. bustling
arubaito
noun, suru verb
  1. part-time job
josei
noun, no adjective
  1. woman; female
mada
na adjective, adverb
  1. still
gakusei
noun
  1. student (esp. a university student)
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
manshon
noun
  1. large apartment (from mansion)
atarashii
i adjective
  1. new
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Kanji

Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. woman, female
Readings
Kun'yomi: おんな、め、をとめ、むすめ、なんじ。
On'yomi: ニョウ、ニョ、ジョ。
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
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
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. mama, mother
Readings
Kun'yomi: はは、も。
On'yomi: ボ、ム、モ、ボウ。
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. near, early, akin, tantamount
Readings
Kun'yomi: ちか.い、おお、この、おう。
On'yomi: コン、ゴン、キン。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. town, village, block, street
Readings
Kun'yomi: まち。
On'yomi: チョウ、テイ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. night, evening
Readings
Kun'yomi: よ、よる。
On'yomi: ヤ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. sea, ocean
Readings
Kun'yomi: うみ。
On'yomi: ハイ、カイ、唐音。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tall, high, expensive
Readings
Kun'yomi: たか、たか.い、-だか、たか.まる、たか.める。
On'yomi: コウ。
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
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. new
Readings
Kun'yomi: あたら.しい、あら.た、にい、あら-、にい-。
On'yomi: シン。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. dwell, reside, live, inhabit
Readings
Kun'yomi: す.む、す.まう、ず.まい、すみ、し、-ず.まい。
On'yomi: ジュウ、チュウ、ヂュウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fee, materials
Readings
On'yomi: リョウ。
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。

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