Games, animated series, cosplayers, merchandise, and good (and bad) movie remakes, nothing seems to be able to stop Pokémania — not even the fact that the franchise has been around for more than two decades. Launched in 1995, Pokémon can be credited with raising a generation of anime fans and putting Japan on a whole lot of people’s travel bucket list.
Fast-forward to 2019 and yesterday’s Pokémon card-trading children are all grown up. But here’s the real catch ’em all, after 20 years of being on air and more than 1000 episodes, our eponymous hero of the animated series, Ash Ketchum, has yet to achieve his childhood ambition.
It’s about the journey, not the destination
That’s right. In case you didn’t know, Ash is still training to become a Pokémon Master at the ripe age of 30 years old.
It’s a reminder that in this world — and its animated Poké-equivalent — time is relative. Sometimes, the journey matters more than the destination, right?
At least that’s what Twitter user @AccSempai is telling themselves.
— カソクキセンパイ@契約社員 (@AccSempai) January 29, 2019
Getting a Ph.D. is taking me six years, but watching Satoshi [Ash] being all smiles even after 20 years of trying to master the game is making me feel slightly better about myself.
How to say what you want to become in the future in Japanese
In Japanese, the verb “to become” as in “to become a doctor,” is translated with the expression combining the particle に and the verb なる.
To use になる with nouns simply put it afterward:
- 医者になる = to become a doctor
- 政治家になる = to become a politician
You can also use になる with adjectives:
- 高くになる= to become expensive
- 綺麗になる = to become beautiful
When you want to express your desire to become a doctor or a politician (why not both!), you’ll need to add the ~たい form to the stem of the verb, a conjugation that indicates that you want to do something.
- 医者になりたい = I want to become a doctor
- 政治家になりたい = I want to become a politician
|僕||boku||I (used by men)|
|ドクターをとる||dokutaa o toru||to get a doctorate degree|
|かかる||kakaru||to take (time)|
|マスター||masutaa||master (as in Pokémon Master)|
|元気に||genki ni||with energy|
|姿||sugata||one’s physique, state of existence, being, the way someone is|
|少し||sukoshi||a little bit|
|気持ちが楽になる||kimochi ga raku ni naru||to feel at ease, to feel better|
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