Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mama, Kono Mama, Sono Mama - Meaning in Japanese

One Japanese word that doesn't exist in English is mama まま, which is often accompanied by a pronoun: kono mama このまま, sono mama そのまま, ano mama あのまま. This word can't be translated literally (one word for one word), but, thankfully, its meaning is actually very simple.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Masu, Mashita, Masen Deshita ます, ました, ませんでした

You have ever watched anime you might have noticed that there are plenty of Japanese words that end with masu ます or mashita ました, and that might make you wonder: what does masu means? What does mashita means? Why all these words end like that?