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Learn Japanese with Anime - You Guys Aren’t Very Good

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In this video we’re going to analyse Yui and Azusa’s quote from K-On! (Keion!).

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Analysis

あんまり or あまり + the negative form of an adjective means “not very”. あんまり is colloquial and informal whereas あまり is formal. The adjective here is うまい meaning “good” or “skilful” so あんまりうまくない means “not very good”.

To make the negative form of い-adjective, you change い to く and add ない. For example, おいしい becomes おいしくない (not delicious), 暑い becomes 暑くない (not hot), 高い becomes 高くない (not expensive/high). For the negative form of な-adjective, simply add じゃない. For example, 元気じゃない (not well), 静かじゃない (not quiet), 綺麗じゃない (not clean/beautiful).

Here are examples with some of the adverbs of degree.

  • Really – 本当に e.g. 日本のホラー映画は本当に怖い。(Japanese horror movies are really scary)
  • Very – とても/すごく e.g. 昨日のカラオケ、すごく楽しかった。(Yesterday’s karaoke was very fun)
        ※すごく is usually used in colloquial speech.
  • Quite – かなり e.g. あのボクサー、かなり強いらしいよ。(I heard that boxer is quite strong)
  • Fairly – まあまあ e.g. このホテルの評判はまあまあいい。(The reputation of this hotel is fairly good)
  • Not very – あまり〜ない e.g. この部屋はあまり綺麗じゃない。(This room is not very clean)
  • Not at all – 全然〜ない e.g. 注射は全然痛くなかった。(The injection was not painful at all)

です is used to indicate formality.

ね is used to emphasise your opinions or feelings when you want to share them with the listener. For example, かわいいですね。(You are cute!) 天才だね。(You are a genius!)

Many people get confused with ね and よ so I will briefly explain the difference between them.

よ is basically used to make the listeners aware of the new information that you think they don’t know or realise. On the other hand, ね is used to share or confirm the information that you think the listeners also know or think the same way as you do. So if you use よ it sounds like you are convincing the listener. For example, かわいいですよ。(You should know that) you are cute! 天才だよ。(You should know that) you are a genius! So it could sound pushy so you need to be careful when you use よ.

If Yui and Azusa said あんまりうまくないですよ it would sound so rude as it sounds like “I’m telling you this because I think you don’t know that you’re not very good!” but by using ね it sounds like “You might know this but I think you’re not very good and I want to share this opinion with you”.

Sentences

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Quote

You guys aren’t very good!

Adverbs of Degree

I am really happy that I met you.
This nikujaga is very delicious!
This luggage is quite heavy.
The result of the test was fairly good.
I don’t really like spicy food.
I’m not scared of ghosts.

Sentence ending particle よ (used to tell things that the listener doesn’t know)

Listen to this song. It’s super good!
I’m arriving at Tokyo station around 7 o’clock.

Sentence ending particle ね (used to share things the listener also knows/thinks the same way as you do)

That hat is nice!
Your Japanese has improved.

NOTE

You can also combine よ + ね to make it よね to tell things you know more/earlier than the listener and confirm the listener knows as well or thinks the same way.

We are going to school together tomorrow, right?
The right answer is number three, right?

Here are the comparisons:

  • おいしい (It’s delicious) – You know it’s delicious but the listener hasn’t eaten it yet.
  • おいしい (It’s delicious) – Both you and the listener know it’s delicious and you want to share the opinion.
  • おいしいよね (It’s delicious, right?) – Both you and the listener know it’s delicious but you knew it earlier and you want to confirm that the listener thinks the same way.

Vocabulary

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au
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to meet (逢う is often used for close friends, etc. and may be associated with drama or pathos; 遭う may have an undesirable nuance)
anata
pronoun
  1. you (trad. polite in ref. to someone of equal or lower status, now oft. regarded as rude or distant)
anmari
adverb
  1. (not) very (with neg. sentence)
uta
noun
  1. song (唄 is primarily used for shamisen songs)
umai
i adjective
  1. skillful (esp. 上手い,巧い)
kanari
no adjective, na adjective, adverb
  1. considerably; fairly
kiku
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to listen (e.g. to music) (esp. 聴く)
kekka
noun, suru verb
  1. result
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
koro
noun, adverb, noun, used as a suffix
  1. (approximate) time (ごろ when used as a suffix)
sugoi
i adjective
  1. amazing (e.g. of strength); wonderful
zenzen
adverb
  1. (not) at all (with neg. sentence)

Kanji

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11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, about, toward
Readings
Kun'yomi: ころ、ごろ、しばら.く、ころも。
On'yomi: キョウ、ケイ。
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3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. above, up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.げる、-あ.がり、-あ.がる、-あ.げる、-うえ、よ.す、あ.がり、あ.がる、うえ、かみ、うわ-、のぼ.す、のぼ.り、のぼ.る、のぼ.せる。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ、シャン。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. child, sign of the rat, 11PM-1AM, first sign of Chinese zodiac
Readings
Kun'yomi: こ、ね、-こ。
On'yomi: ス、シ、ツ。
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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. book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical things
Readings
Kun'yomi: もと。
On'yomi: ホン。
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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。
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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hear, ask, listen
Readings
Kun'yomi: き.く、き.こえる。
On'yomi: ブン、モン。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. word, speech, language
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた.る、かた.らう。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
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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。
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6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meat
Readings
Kun'yomi: しし。
On'yomi: ニク、ジク。
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8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. thing, object, matter
Readings
Kun'yomi: もの、もの-。
On'yomi: モツ、モチ、ブツ。
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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. heavy, heap up, pile up, nest of boxes, -fold
Readings
Kun'yomi: B、おも.い、かさ.ねる、かさ.なる、しげ、おも.なう、おも.り、しげる、さね、え、おも。
On'yomi: ジュウ、チョウ。
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12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. don, arrive, wear, counter for suits of clothing
Readings
Kun'yomi: き.る、き.せる、つ.く、つ.ける、ぎ、-ぎ、-き.せ。
On'yomi: ジャク、チャク。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. song, sing
Readings
Kun'yomi: うた、うた.う。
On'yomi: カ。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. station
Readings
Kun'yomi: うまや。
On'yomi: ヤク、エキ。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. change, take the form of, influence, enchant, delude, -ization
Readings
Kun'yomi: ば.ける、け.する、ば.かす、ふ.ける。
On'yomi: ケ、カ。
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. fond, pleasing, like something
Readings
Kun'yomi: この.む、い.い、す.く、よ.い。
On'yomi: コウ。

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