Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Exact meaning of "moshi moshi"?

What is the exact meaning of moshi moshi/mushi mushi if you were to say it to someone? What is it translated? (it's japanese)


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  • Belie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Well, moshi means if but moshimoshi certainly doesn't mean if if. It's just what is said when answering a telephone or trying to get someone's attention.

    If you said mushi mushi you would be commenting on the weather (it means hot and humid). Mushi alone means either bug or steaming.

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  • timlin
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Moshi Moshi

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Moshi Moshi is what you say to say "hello" on the phone. You do not use this when talking to anyone in person. You only use this when talking on the phone.

    Source(s): Person learning of Japanese
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  • p
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It's Hello in English.

    The origin of "Moshi-moshi" is "Moushi Moushi(申し 申し) or "Moushi masu Moushi masu" (申します、申します).

    "Mousu"(申す) is a verb that means "to say".(humble language)

    So,"Moshi Moshi" means "I say,I say"

    And old days, "Moshi" was used for speaking to someone.

    but now it's usually used on the phone.

    ps .It's not "if"!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it's hello

    but it's mostly only said on the phone

    person 1."Ring, Ring!"

    person 2."Moshi moshi!"

    1. "Suzuki-san?"

    2. "Hai"

    etc, etc

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  • Kelly
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    もしもし (mo-shi-mo-shi) is what you say when answering the phone.

    The phrase もし by itself means "if, in case, supposing, or mock/trial examination" - which has nothing to do with "Hello?"

    According to a site I found, the phrase is said because it's the only one a fox (a symbol of cunning and mischievousness in Japanese culture) can't say. Therefore if you call someone and they answer the phone with はい、もしもし? (hai, moshimoshi?) you are guaranteed not to be talking with a "fox" in disguise.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Moshi= if, in case, supposing, mock examination.

    Moshi moshi= Hello (on the phone), Excuse me!!(for getting attention)

    Moshimoshi, dare ga desu ka?! "Excuse me, who are you?!"

    But, usually used on the phone. I've also heard people use, "hai" as in "yes" to answer the phone.

    Don't confuse for mushi, this means bug. Moushi means Mencius, Meng Zi. Careful of what you write, and how you say things. ;)

    Source(s): Speak Japanese in my home.
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