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Let’s learn Japanese with the song Pretender by Official髭男dism (Ofisharu Hige Dan Dizumu).

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On this page, you can learn Japanese words you can use in a daily conversation with the song Pretender by Official髭男dism (Ofisharu Hige Dan Dizumu).

Official Music Video

Official髭男dism – Pretender[Official Video]

The learning focus on this page is the expressions below.

  • 君の運命の人は僕じゃない
  • 辛いけど否めない
  • でも離れ難いのさ

You can find them in the video. Go to 1:33.

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せんせい

Let’s have a look at the expressions more carefully. Scroll down please.

君の運命の人は僕じゃない

Meaning: Your destined lover is not me.
  • 君(きみ/ki mi)means ‘you’.

君(きみ)

君 often indicates a girl friend in a song.

僕(ぼく)

  • 僕 is used by boys only. Girls say 私(わたし).
  • 私 is a common word for ‘I’. 私 can be used by anybody.
  • じゃない (ja na i) is a copula conjugation, which means ‘is/am/are not’.

辛いけど否めない

Meaning: hard but cannot deny it
  • 辛い(つら・い/tsu ra i)means ‘hard’ or ‘difficult’.
  • けど (ke do) means ‘but’.
  • 否めない(いな・めない/i na me na i) means ‘cannot deny’.

否めない(いな・めない)

  • 否めない is Plain Present Negative Form.
  • 否めない consists of 否め + ない.
  • 否め is originally 否む which means ‘to deny’.
  • 否む is almost always used in Negative Form, like 否めない.

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アシスタント

If you want to say ‘It has been denied’, this is how you say it: それは否定(ひてい)されました。

でも離れがたいのさ

Meaning: but hard to be separate
  • でも (de mo) means ‘but’.
  • 離れがたい(はな・れがたい/ha na re ga ta i)means ‘hard to be separate’.

離れがたい(はな・れがたい)

  • 離れがたい consists of 離れ + がたい.
  • 離れ is originally 離れる(はな・れる/ha na re ru)which means ‘to be separate’.
  • Verb Stem Form + がたい means ‘hard to Verb’.
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アシスタント

If you want to say ‘easy to Verb’, use Verb Stem Form + やすい. For example, ‘easy to be separate’ is 離れやすい.

  • のさ is the same as です, although のさ sounds much more casual.

のさ

  • のさ is usually used by men who try to be ‘cool’.
  • のさ consists of の + さ.
  • Women say のよ instead of のさ.
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できる子

You should not use のさ in a daily conversation unless you perfectly understand what it means.

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