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Learn Japanese fast! Some things never change, and you need to be able to talk about them. What if you want to say something such as, “I’ve been in bed all day,” or “keep going in this direction!” Both of these examples refer to situations that remain unchanged. As you can imagine, it is absolutely necessary that you can say things like this in Japanese if you want to communicate clearly. This Lower Intermediate article is designed to make it easy for you to master sentences that talk about situations or things that stay the same. Learn to use the word mama (“things or situations that remain unchanged”) and the Japanese sentence structures that allow you to use it properly. You’ll also find many helpful examples to make mama one of the Japanese words you’ll use all the time.

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

tonari – next to, next door

yane – “roof”

zutto – “for a long time, throughout”

nezumi – “mouse”

kuwaeru – “to hold in one’s mouth”

iede – “running away from home”

toshigoro – “adolescent, be old enough to __ “

dokushin – “single, unmarried”

aite – “partner, competitor, opponent”

jinsei – “life”

urusai – “noisy, loud, fussy, annoying, troublesome”

Grammar: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

Today’s grammar point is the noun mama, which we use to express that a state or situation remains unchanged. We can use mama in conjunction with verbs, -i ending adjectives, -na ending adjectives, and nouns as shown below.

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I. [Plain past verb] %2B [mama]

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neta mama “having been in bed”

mado o aketa mama “leaving the window open”

Today’s Examples:

  1. Kinoo kara yane no ue ni zutto suwatta mama yo. “He’s been sitting up on the roof since yesterday.”

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II. [-i endingadjective] %2B [mama]

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kawaii mama “stay pretty as it is”

kitanai mama “stay dirty as it is”

Today’s Examples:

  1. Itsu made mo wakai mama ja nai n da kara sa. “You can’t stay young forever.

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III. [-na ending adjective] %2B [na] %2B [mama]

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kirei na mama “leaving something beautiful”

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IV. [noun] %2B [no mama]————————————————————————

mukashi no mamaleaving (something) as it was”

Today’s Examples:

  1. Itsu made mo kodomo no mama da to omotte ita kedo.. “I was thinking she would be a kid forever, but… (“I was wondering when she’d grow up, but …”)

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V. Demonstrative pronoun (kono, sono)] %2B [mama]

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kono mama “as this state is

sono mamaas that state is

Today’s Examples:

  1. Go-shujin-san ni hara o tatete, ie o dete, sono mama datte. “She angered her master, ran away, and that’s how it’s been this whole time.”

Please note: When the verb placed before mama is in the negative form, it must be non-past, and it means “without doing something.”

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VI. [Plain non-past negative verb] %2B [mama]

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tabenai mama “without eating”

hanasanai mama “without talking”

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More Examples:

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  1. Watashi wa, pajama o kita mama, asa go-han o taberu. “I eat breakfast in my pajamas.”
  2. Kuuraa o tsuketa mama, neta.I slept with the air conditioner on.”
  3. Kare wa, heya o kitanai mama ni shite, dekaketa. “He went out and left his room dirty.”
  4. Boku wa, shuushoku shinaide, gakusei no mama de itai.I want to stay a student and not get a job.”
  5. Kono mama, massugu itte kudasai. “Please continue in this direction.”
  6. Tabeta ato, shokki wa sono mama ni shite oite kudasai.Please leave the dishes as they are after you finish eating.”

Some Things in Japanese Stay the Same!

Some Things in Japanese Stay the Same!