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Learn Japanese with Anime - You Can Become A Hero

8 Sentences|22 Words|18 Kanji

Learn Japanese with Anime - You Can Become A Hero

In this video we’re going to analyse All Might’s quote from My Hero Academia (anime scene edited).

Analysis

君 means “you”, one of the second person pronouns you often hear in anime.

は is the particle which indicates the topic of the sentence. So 君 which is Izuku is what he is going to talk about.

ヒーロー means “a hero” (please note that the “R” sound in Japanese is more like between ’t’ and ‘l’).

Noun  + に なれる means “can become something“. なれる is the potential form of なる meaning “to become“.

Second person pronouns – 君, あなた, あんた and お前

They’re all used to inferiors or between equals and considered to be rude when used towards superiors, elders or strangers.

It’s commonly used in an affectionate way by both males and females. In poems and songs, it is often used to address someone they have feelings for. It is also used by a male boss to his subordinates just like how All Might addresses Izuku who is his successor.

あなた

The most neutral “you” in these pronouns. It can be used by both males and females and it sounds soft and polite. But still, if you call a superior あなた, it sounds condescending. It’s also used by women to address their husband, like calling them ”dear” in English.

あんた

The broken version of あなた used by both males and females. It sounds a bit offensive and disrespectful.

お前

It’s often used by men when offending someone, calling a friend in a blunt way, or calling a girl in a manly way.

Actually, Japanese second person pronouns are not used as often as English. You usually omit them or if you know their name, you use their name. If you use pronouns even though you know their name, you might give the impression that you are distancing yourself from them. So you’d better get used to calling a person by their name with the honorific suffix, さん, or just ask what they are comfortable being called.

More Second Person Pronouns

  • おめえ: broken version of お前まえ, used by males in very blunt speech.
  • てめえ: rude, used when the speaker is very angry.
  • きさま: abusive, used to express extreme hostility/outrage.
  • おたく: literally means “your house”, used in polite speech with slight sense of distance. 

NOTE

When you call your boss at work, it is considered to be appropriate to call them by their job titles such as Chief (主任しゅにん), Manager (部長ぶちょう), President (社長しゃちょう) and so on. You can also add their name before the title, such as 山田やまだ部長ぶちょう (Manager Yamada).

All Might’s Quote

You can become a hero.

Second Person Pronouns

Hey you, can you prepare for the meeting?
Dear, it’s time to wake up.
Are you stupid?
Hey you, don’t muck around.

Noun + に + なる (to become something)

I have gotten completely better.
I hope it’s going to be a good weather tomorrow.
I want to become a soccer player in the future.
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Vocabulary

kimi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you
kaigi
noun, suru verb, no adjective
  1. meeting
junbi
noun, suru verb
  1. preparation
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to do for one
anata
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (referring to someone of equal or lower status)
  2. dear (what a wife calls a husband)
mou
adverb, interjection
  1. already
okiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to wake up
jikan
adverbial noun, noun
  1. time
anta
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (familiar form of anata)
omae
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (formerly honorific, now sometimes derog. term referring to an equal or inferior)
fuzakennayo
expression
  1. stop bullshitting me
sukkari
adverb, adverb taking the to particle
  1. completely
genki
na adjective, noun
  1. health(y)
ashita
noun (temporal)
  1. tomorrow
tenki
noun
  1. weather
  2. fair weather; fine weather
shourai
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. future (usually near)
sakkaasenshu
noun
  1. soccer player
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Kanji

Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. heavens, sky, imperial
Readings
Kun'yomi: あま、あめ、あま-、あまつ。
On'yomi: テン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
Readings
Kun'yomi: いき。
On'yomi: ケ、キ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. beginning, former time, origin
Readings
Kun'yomi: もと、はじめ。
On'yomi: ゴン、ゲン、ガン。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meeting, meet, party, association, interview, join
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.う、あ.わせる、あつ.まる。
On'yomi: エ、ケ、カイ。
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
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. old boy, name-suffix
Readings
Kun'yomi: きみ、-ぎみ。
On'yomi: クン。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. rouse, wake up, get up
Readings
Kun'yomi: お.きる、お.こす、お.こる、おこ.す、た.つ。
On'yomi: コ、キ。
Stroke Count
15 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. elect, select, choose, prefer
Readings
Kun'yomi: えら.ぶ。
On'yomi: セン。
Stroke Count
20 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. deliberation, consultation, debate, consideration
Readings
Kun'yomi: のり、かた。
On'yomi: ギ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. equip, provision, preparation
Readings
Kun'yomi: そな.える、そな.わる、つぶさ.に。
On'yomi: ビ、ヒ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. semi-, correspond to, proportionate to, conform, imitate
Readings
Kun'yomi: なぞら.える、のり、ひと.しい、みずもり、じゅん.じる、じゅん.ずる。
On'yomi: ジュン、シュン、セチ、セツ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. leader, commander, general, admiral, or, and again, soon, from now on, just about
Readings
Kun'yomi: たか、すすむ、かつり、もって、ひきい.る、まさ、はた、まさ.に、ゆき。
On'yomi: ソウ、ショウ。

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