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A while ago when I was telling my friends in England about my plan to learn Japanese, someone (Lucy?) asked me, like as an example of how the language worked, how to say "The cat sat on the mat".

Before I came to Japan I studied the language for maybe 5 hours, so I didn't really have much of a clue. Something in school today made me remember this for some reason, so here is (I think) the correct answer.

The cat sat on the mat



neko ga matto no ue ni suwarimashita

sentence order
cat did mat on top of sat

neko=cat, matto=mat, suwaru=to sit, suwarimashita=sat, ue=over/on

The particle ‚ª/ga indicates that the cat is doing the verb (I'm not so good with object/subject etc...anyone?)

The particle ‚Ì/no indicates that it's the top of the mat.

The particle ‚É/ni indicates the thing the verb is acting on.

À=suwa=to sit

The other characters are hiragana with the exception of ƒ}ƒbƒg, which is written in katakana as it's a borrowed word from english:


The small ƒb adds the extra "t" in the romanised version, and means the "t" in the pronunciation should hang for an extra beat.

Of course that's the school taught reasonably polite version. Among friends you might say:

neko ga matto ni suwatta

or something like that, and in very polite speach...well, that's a whole different story.

Any other requests? Not that I'm likely to be able to translate them.

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