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Learn Japanese with Anime - You Won’t Die Because I Will Protect You

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Learn Japanese with Anime - You Won’t Die Because I Will Protect You

In this video we’re going to analyse Rei Ayanami’s quote from Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangerion).

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Analysis

あなた means “you” used toward someone in a lower status or equal in a polite manner. In this scene, Rei is speaking to Shinji, a classmate and coworker as Eva pilots for NERV.

は indicates that she is going to talk about あなた.

死なない means “won’t die”.

わ adds feminine flavour to the sentence which is often used in anime. In a real conversation, it can be replaced with よ which sounds more convincing. If you want to make a statement more declarative and decisive, you can just say あなたは死なない without any sentence ending particles.

私 means “I” commonly used by females, but in a formal situation, males use 私 as well.

守る means “protect”.

が is used when the speaker emphasises what comes before, which is 私 here. So Rei is emphasising that SHE is the one who will protect Shinji.

もの meaning “because” is used to give a good reason for what you do or what you say. It’s usually used by females or children. When you hear もの you will probably think of 物 meaning “a thing” or 者 meaning “a person” but this もの is a conjunction so It’s always written in hiragana. In colloquial speech, it’s often simplified to もん which sounds more childish. Here are some examples.

The clause with もの can be first followed by the main clause so 私が守るもの、あなたは死なないわ。meaning “I will protect you so you won’t die”. It depends on which sentence you want to emphasise. With the Japanese grammar structure, the important information comes at the end of the sentence so in this case, the emphasis is on the second clause “YOU WON’T DIE”.

So あなたは死なないわ、私が守るもの means “You won’t die, BECAUSE I WILL PROTECT YOU”. Rei is indicating her strong will that she is going to protect Shinji.

Quote

You won’t die, because I will protect you.

が (used when the speaker emphasises what comes before)

I will book the restaurant.
It’s all YOUR fault.
That’s right. I am Kira. (It is ME who is Kira)

もの/もん (“because” used to give a good reason for what you do or what you say)

I can’t buy such expensive clothes, because I don’t have money.
Why don’t you give me a call? – Because I don’t have time.
I made a teru teru bōzu so it will be sunny tomorrow.

Note

もの/もん + ね or もの/もん + な is used when you describes a good reason with expression of admiration, compliment, surprise, etc. In this usage, males use もの/もん as well.

Let’s go eat yakiniku today, because you played very well at the soccer match.
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Vocabulary

anata
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (referring to someone of equal or lower status)
shinu
godan verb, irregular nu verb, intransitive verb
  1. to die
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I
ga
particle
  1. indicates sentence subject (occasionally object)
wa
particle
  1. (sentence end, mainly fem.) indicates emotion or admiration
mono
noun
  1. used in giving a reason
mamoru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to protect
resutoran
noun
  1. restaurant (esp. Western-style)
yoyaku
noun, suru verb, no adjective
  1. reservation; booking
yo
particle
  1. (at sentence end) indicates indicates certainty, emphasis, contempt, request, etc.
oku
godan verb
  1. to do something in advance (usu. following te-form verb)
zenbu
adverbial noun, noun (temporal), no adjective
  1. all; entire
anta
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (familiar form of anata)
souda
interjection
  1. that is right
boku
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I
fuku
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. clothes (esp. Western clothes)
kau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to buy
doushite
adverb, interjection
  1. for what reason
denwa
noun, suru verb, no adjective
  1. telephone
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give; to do for one
tsukuru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to make
hareru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be sunny
kyou
noun (temporal)
  1. today
yakiniku
noun
  1. yakiniku (Japanese dish of fried meat)
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
taberu
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to eat
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
shiai
noun, suru verb
  1. match
ganbaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to try one's best
jikan
adverbial noun, noun
  1. time
teruterubouzu
noun
  1. paper doll to which children pray for fine weather
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Kanji

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
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. gold
Readings
Kun'yomi: かね、かな、-がね、かな-。
On'yomi: コン、キン、ゴン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. now
Readings
Kun'yomi: いま。
On'yomi: コン、キン。
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meat
Readings
Kun'yomi: しし。
On'yomi: ニク、ジク。
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. 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
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. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
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
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. clear up
Readings
Kun'yomi: は.れる、は.らす、は.れ、ば.れ、きよし、てる、なり、はる、はれ、-ば.れ、は.れ-。
On'yomi: ショウ、セイ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. buy
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.う。
On'yomi: メ、バイ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. interval, space
Readings
Kun'yomi: あいだ、ま、あい。
On'yomi: ケン、カン。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tale, talk
Readings
Kun'yomi: はな.す、はなし。
On'yomi: ワ、エ、カ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. electricity
Readings
Kun'yomi: いなずま。
On'yomi: デン、テン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. beforehand, previous, myself, I
Readings
Kun'yomi: あらかじ.め、かね.て、あた.える。
On'yomi: ヨ、シャ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lord, chief, master, main thing, principal
Readings
Kun'yomi: あるじ、ぬし、おも。
On'yomi: ス、シュ、シュウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. whole, entire, all, complete, fulfill
Readings
Kun'yomi: すべ.て、まった.く。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. guard, protect, defend, obey
Readings
Kun'yomi: まも.る、もり、かみ、-もり、まも.り。
On'yomi: シュ、シュウ、ス。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. death, die
Readings
Kun'yomi: し.ぬ、ころ.す、し.に-。
On'yomi: シ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. clothing, admit, obey, discharge
Readings
Kun'yomi: はつ、はら、はっ。
On'yomi: フク、ブ、ブク、フウ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bad, vice, rascal, false, evil, wrong
Readings
Kun'yomi: わる.い、にく.む、いずく.にか、いずく.んぞ、-にく.い、あ.し、ああ、わる-、にく.い、いずくに、いずくんぞ。
On'yomi: アク、アク、オ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. section, bureau, dept, class, copy, part, portion, counter for copies of a newspaper or magazine
Readings
Kun'yomi: へ、べ、-べ。
On'yomi: フ、ブ、ホ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. promise, approximately, shrink
Readings
Kun'yomi: つづ.まる、つづ.める、つづま.やか。
On'yomi: ヤク、ヨウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bake, burning
Readings
Kun'yomi: や.く、や.ける、や.き、やき、やい、-や.き、や.き-。
On'yomi: ショウ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. illuminate, shine, compare, bashful
Readings
Kun'yomi: て.る、て.らす、て.れる、てる、あき。
On'yomi: ショウ。
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
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lengthen, counter for bows & stringed instruments, stretch, spread, put up (tent)
Readings
Kun'yomi: は.る、は.り、ば.り、わり、はり、-は.り、-ば.り。
On'yomi: チョウ。
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。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. boy, priest's residence, priest
Readings
On'yomi: ボッ、ボウ、ホウ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. stubborn, foolish, firmly
Readings
Kun'yomi: かたく。
On'yomi: ゲン、ガン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. me, I (male)
Readings
Kun'yomi: しもべ、やつがれ。
On'yomi: ボク、ホク。

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