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moshi moshi or mushi mushi?

Postby keymistress » Tue 08.02.2005 5:05 am

when japanese pick up the phone they usually go "moshi moshi"... but i'm unsure if it's "moshi" or "mushi"? もし or むし? or what is it exactly? can somebody let me know what is the correct word? thanks in advance!
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Postby redfoxer » Tue 08.02.2005 5:41 am

its moshi moshi
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Postby Daisuke » Tue 08.02.2005 8:37 am

むし means insect, i think :p
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Postby Spaztick » Tue 08.02.2005 9:53 am

虫 - insect
無視 - disregard(ance), literally no regarding
無私 - unselfish(ness), literally no self
無死 - I would've thought it would mean something like deathless or immortal, but it's a ctually a baseball game with no outs :)

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Postby Daisuke » Tue 08.02.2005 9:56 am

Well.. I only knew that one.. -_-'

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Postby keymistress » Tue 08.02.2005 10:32 pm

so it is もしもし right?
actually does it have any meaning? is it just like "hello" in english?:D
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Postby Binsento » Wed 08.03.2005 2:08 am

keymistress wrote:actually does it have any meaning? is it just like "hello" in english?:D
You can also use it when you're checking to see if anyone's in the room. It means something like: "Who's there?" / "Anybody there?"
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Postby keymistress » Wed 08.03.2005 5:03 am

ok, got it! kinda like when you enter a room and you go "hello?" right!
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Postby Shibakoen » Thu 08.04.2005 10:48 am

In Samurai Champloo, there's a part where Fuu and Mugen are inquiring about who's the best samurai around. They start talking to this glutton who chokes and collapses while they're talking. Fuu says "Moshi Moshi?" when the guy face-plants in front of them.
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Postby Saishu_Heiki » Thu 08.04.2005 10:52 am

It is also used when you want someone's attention. It is like saying, "Hey!" to someone on the street.
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Postby Mukade » Sun 08.14.2005 12:45 am

むしむし, repeated twice like this, would indicate a situation when it's very hot and humid.

今日はむしむしよね!
It's hot and sticky today, isn't it?
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Postby Kates » Sun 08.14.2005 11:34 pm

Learners, please know that 'moshi moshi' is typically used SOLELY on the telephone, though! People don't walk around Japan greeting each other by saying "moshi moshi!"... it would sound really weird. ^^
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Postby Daichi » Mon 08.15.2005 10:30 am

Another point of interest:

Moshi moshi is used by the person making a telephone call, as well as the person receiving it. (In fact the person receiving the call will frequently answer "Hai".)
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Postby Harisenbon » Tue 08.16.2005 4:02 am

Adam, although both people do say もしもし, only the person making the call should say it. The receiving end should say はい、だれだれです。

もし comes from the 敬語 form of 言う, 垂オます. When telephones were first introduced into japan, the line quality was bad, and you generally had to say things twice. Thus, it became もしもし.

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Postby keymistress » Thu 08.25.2005 12:15 am

thanks for all the information!
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