Context: A and B were involved in a sparring session, and after winning B exclaims they will cherish this memory forever. A responds:

A: まあ、さっさと忘れろ。お前にゃこれから先、覚えていかなきゃならん事が山ほどできるんだし。

The first weird bit is this (Which is a strange thing to command someone to do):

まあ、さっさと忘れろ = Now now, forget this quickly.

The later bit is colloquial, but not that heavy, and can be expanded back into:

A: お前にゃこれから先、覚えていかなきゃなら事が山ほどできるだし。

A: お前にはこれから先、覚えていかなければならない事が山ほどできるだし。

The first bit にゃ=には, I'm not 100% sure. In any case the bit up to the comma is "From now on you"

The 覚えていかなければならない事 bit is my stumbling block. The verb itself probably means "have/should/must continue to remember" The interpretation would depend on what that 事 is doing here. Is it nominalizer? If so the sentence is strange: "Being able to having to continue remembering many." I think it's probably here as a noun, meaning an event or something to be memorized. So it's "things/events you have to continue memorizing". Have due to なければならない and continue due to ていく.

Mating that with 山ほどできるのだし。is still weird though. の is there to nominalize the previous bit, だ is there to make it a statement and し is likely there to denote this as one of reasons for forgetting this fight.

But still "From now on, you will be able to have to continue memorizing many things." I'm assuming we are supposed to figure out that できる refers to the ability to memorize, all these things that can't be forgotten?

So the final statement would be:

A: Now now, better forget this quickly. (If you do so)? from now on, you'll be able to memorize many more events/things that you must not forget.

But I don't think I really got the nuance of this one. In particular,

  1. Is にゃ ねば or には?

  2. What is the meaning of The 覚えていかなければならない事

  3. And how does the previous fit with 山ほどできる

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    Cursory translation of the text: 'Well, just forget about it. You're gonna have a lot of stuff to remember from now on, after all.'
    – Angelos
    Dec 24, 2017 at 19:54

1 Answer 1

  1. にゃ in this case is には. (After the 未然形/pre-nai-form of a verb, にゃ can be ねば; "行かにゃ" = "行かねば").
  2. This 事 is not a nominalizer but a plain noun meaning "things".
  3. This できる is a simple intransitive verb meaning "to form" or "to be made." It does not have a potential meaning.

Put together, 覚えていかなきゃならん事が山ほどできる ≒ 覚えていくべき事が山ほどできる ≒ "lots of things to remember will form" ≒ "there will be lots of things you need to learn/remember (over the course of time)."

I don't think this sentence means the listener will keep encountering memorable "events". The sentence says his memory must be consumed for more meaningful subjects.

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