October 28, 2017

The Many Mushis

Words that have the pronunciation of mushi.

THAT IS, a look at the words that have the pronunciation of ‘ mushi .’


1) 虫 mushi – insect, bug

EXAMPLE: 虫が 好きです。 mushi ga suki desu.  – (I) like bugs.

mushi – bug
suki – to like
desu – the ending verb that ties it all together

2) 無視  mushi – disregard, ignore

EXAMPLE: 無視して下さい。 mushi shite kudasai.  Please ignore me.

mushi – ignore
shite – a form of the verb ‘suru’ – to do
kudasai – together with ‘shite kudasai’ it means ‘please do something’ (by itself it means, ‘give me.’  I had a friend who occasionally called his sensei’s house.  The sensei’s husband would answer the phone.  My friend who had then just began his Japanese studies asked very politely, “NAME OF SENSEI, kudasai.”  Meaning “NAME OF SENSEI, please.”  It was only after 4 or 5 calls that the husband broke down in laughter and explained that my friend was literally asking to HAVE his wife!  It is in such a case where the above example sentence could prove useful!)


3) 蒸し暑い mushi atsui humid

EXAMPLE: フロリダの夏はいつもとても蒸し暑い。
furorida no natsu wa itsumo totemo mushi atsui.
Florida’s Summer is always very humid.

furorida – Florida (USA)
no – ‘s (the possessive marker)
natsu – Summer
itsumo – always
totemo  – very, so

4) 虫歯 mushi ba cavity, decayed tooth

EXAMPLE: チョコレートが好きなので、虫歯が 多いです。
chokore-to ga sukina node, mushiba ga ooi
Because I love chocolate, I have many cavities

chokore-to – Chocolate
ga – subject marker / particle
suki – like, love
node – because, since – * notice word order *
ooi – many, a lot


5) 虫眼鏡 mushi megane – magnifying glass  (lit. ‘bug (insect)’ ‘glasses (spectacles)’)

EXAMPLE: ホームスはやっと虫眼鏡で証拠を見つけました。
ho-musu wa yatto mushimegane de shouko wo mitsukemashita.
Holmes, at last, found the evidence with his magnifying glass.

ho-musu – Sherlock Holmes
yatto – finally, at last
de – by means of, at, with…
shouko – evidence  (<BONUS> shouko inmetsu – destruction of evidence)
wo – direct object marker / particle
mitsukemashita – past tense of mitsukeru  – to find


Sharing is caring!

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Level up your Japanese!


For Total Beginners

Japanese for beginners - Beri-Beri Shoshinsha

This 15-book study guide + worksheets bundle is ON SALE. For just one-time payment only, you will get this bundle for a very low price plus you will get future contents for free (no additional charge).

Easy to follow and understand

This bundle is perfect for absolute beginners. It's thorough without being wordy, giving you exactly enough information to understand the concepts without overloading you with information. 

TheJapanShop.com Customer

Makoto+ Membership

You'll notice many TheJapanesePage.com lessons have bonus content for Makoto+ Members. Well, membership goes well beyond that. Members also get our monthly magazine for learners of Japanese (Beginners to Intermediates), weekly exclusive lessons, Podcast bonus content, and much more.