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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Can't Beat The Shit Out Of You Without Getting Closer

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In this video we’re going to analyse Jotaro’s quote from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken).

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Analysis

The grammar used in this quote is “if one doesn’t do A, B won’t be achieved”. There are double negatives but it simply means “one needs to do A in order to achieve B”.

近づかなきゃ means “if I don’t get closer”.

近づかない is the negative form of 近づく meaning “to approach or get close”.

And きゃ is the casual way of saying ければ meaning “if”.

So when you make conditionals with verb negative form, just remove the い in the end and attach きゃ in casual speech or ければ in formal speech.

てめーをぶちのめせない means “I can’t beat the shit out of you”.

てめー means “you” in a very offensive way. This line is the prolonged sound mark which lengthens the previous vowel (e). It can also be written as てめえ with the same pronunciation.

を indicates the direct object of the following action.

ぶちのめせない is the negative form of ぶちのめせる which is the potential form of ぶちのめす.

It’s a compound verb made up of ぶつ meaning “to hit hard” and のめす meaning “to make someone fall”, so ぶちのめす directly means “to hit someone forcefully so they can’t get back up”.

So 近づかなきゃてめーをぶちのめせない means “If I don’t get closer, I can’t beat the shit out of you” which can be rephrased as “I need to get closer in order to beat the shit out of you”.

And it’s followed by んでな.

んで (conjunction) is the casual way of saying ので meaning “because” so 近づかなきゃてめーをぶちのめせないんで means “Because I can’t beat the shit out of you without getting closer”. So it’s an incomplete sentence added to what Dio previously said which is “you’re approaching me”.

And the な particle is often used with an incomplete sentence in male speech when making an addition to the previous statement.

Sentences

Jotaro’s Quote

I can’t beat the shit out of you without getting closer.

〜なきゃ〜ない (if one doesn’t do A, B won’t be achieved)

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
If I don’t eat breakfast, I can’t concentrate on my work.
If you don’t take action, nothing will change.

NOTE

  • Verbs used in the second clause (main clause) are usually non-volitional verbs (無意志動詞) such as できる, わかる, 見える, 聞こえる, Verb Potential Form (all the potential verbs are non-volitional), etc. 
  • When the subjects are different, volitional-verbs can be used in the second clause. 
If you don’t come now, I won’t give you snacks!
  • Negative words such as 無理 (unrealisable), 不可能 (impossible), or 難しい (difficult) can be used in the second clause instead of verb negative form.
If you can’t speak Japanese, it’s hard to work in Japan.

んで (casual way of saying ので, “because”)

I’ll take leave today because I have a fever.
I can’t drink alcohol because I’m still 18.
The legal drinking age in Japan is 20
I’m going to bed because it’s late.

NOTE

ので, んで and から are mostly interchangeable but there are slight differences as below.

  • ので – very formal, written/colloquial, objective (more neutral)
  • んで – semi-formal, colloquial, objective (more neutral)
  • から – formal/casual, colloquial, subjective (more insistent)

e.g. “Don’t get closer because it’s dangerous!”

Don’t get closer because it’s dangerous!
Written on a sign/announcement
Don’t get closer because it’s dangerous!
Warning neutrally in semi-formal speech
Don’t get closer because it’s dangerous!
Warning insistently in formal speech
Don’t get closer because it’s dangerous!
Warning insistently in casual speech

Incomplete Sentence + な (used in male speech when making an addition to the previous statement)

A: Agh, it’s hot! B: Because it’s summer.
A: Those two have been always fighting recently. B: They were getting along, though.
A: What you need when going overseas are a plane ticket, money… B: And a passport.

NOTE

When it’s used with words, it can be used multiple times in the middle of a sentence to emphasize the tone, express the emotion, pause the speech or convince the listener.

YOU KNOW, I-HATE-THAT-GUY!
な used for emphasis
To tell you the truth… I… like tea better than coffee.
な used for pausing speech

Vocabulary

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aa
interjection
  1. ah! (also written as 於乎, 於戯, 嗟乎, 嗟夫, 吁, etc.)
aitsu
pronoun
  1. he; she; that guy (きゃつ and かやつ are masc.)
ageru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give
asagohan
noun
  1. breakfast
ano
pre-noun adjectival
  1. those (someone or something distant from both speaker and listener, or situation unfamiliar to both speaker and listener)
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
imasugu
adverb
  1. right now
iru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be needed
buchinomesu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to beat (someone) up (ぶちのめす is usu. just kana)
okashi
noun
  1. sweets
ocha
noun
  1. tea (usu. green)
ore
pronoun
  1. I (rough or arrogant)
kaigai
noun, no adjective
  1. overseas
kara
particle
  1. because (follows verbs, adjectives)

Kanji

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Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. noisy, boisterous
Readings
Kun'yomi: やかま.しい、かまびす.しい。
On'yomi: コン、ケン。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. noisy
Readings
Kun'yomi: かまびす.しい。
On'yomi: ゲ、カ、ケ。
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
2 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. person
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、-と、-り。
On'yomi: ニン、ジン。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. large, big
Readings
Kun'yomi: おお、おお.きい、おお.いに、もと、まさる、ひろし、はじめ、とも、たかし、おう、わ、うふ、-おお.いに、おお-。
On'yomi: ダイ、ダ、タイ、タ。
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。
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. now
Readings
Kun'yomi: いま。
On'yomi: コン、キン。
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. outside
Readings
Kun'yomi: そと、ほか、はず.す、はず.れる、と-。
On'yomi: ゲ、ガイ、ウイ。
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。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. rest, day off, retire, sleep
Readings
Kun'yomi: やす.む、やす.まる、やす.める。
On'yomi: キュウ。
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. what
Readings
Kun'yomi: なに、なん、あが、なに.の、なん.の、なん.ぞ、いず.れ、なに-、なん-。
On'yomi: ガ、カ。
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. gold
Readings
Kun'yomi: かね、かな、-がね、かな-。
On'yomi: コン、キン、ゴン。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. behind, back, later
Readings
Kun'yomi: うし.ろ、おく.れる、のち、あと、うしろ。
On'yomi: グ、コウ、ゴ。
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。

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