変 hen change
大変 tai hen - terrible, very, awful [B]
gojira wa henshin suru mae wa jitsu wa kawaii tokage datta.
Godzilla, before his transformation, was actually a cute lizard.
- ゴジラ gojira - Godzilla [The Japanese gojira comes from gorira (gorilla) and kujira (whale)]
- 前 mae - before
- 実は jitsu wa - actually; in reality...
- 可愛い kawaii - cute [this is usually written in hiragana]
- トカゲ tokage - lizard [usually words with difficult (or unknown) kanji tend to be written in katakana even if it is a native Japanese pronunciation - Here is the actual kanji [蜥蜴] (Dont worry, you wont be tested)]
- だった datta - was past simple of desu verb