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Japanese ways (1) – “moshi-moshi”

I’ll start writing a new topic “Japanese ways.” This topic covers my thinking and opinions about Japanese way of life as an introduction to Japan for the foreign people. So many topics exist. I’ll select interesting ones through my limited travel experiences of foreign countries as well as my general knowledge about foreign countries.

I expect some responses from people living outside Japan. Please feel free to write comments on my writings.

This challenge will explain our habit, custom, or traditions from our own viewpoints, and make it possible to compare them with foreign ways of life. I hope this will help dissolve the gaps between Japanese and “Gaijin.”

My first topic will be “moshi-moshi” used in phone conversation.

We say “moshi-moshi” when starting a telephone conversation. This habit has the historical implication to synchronize our conversation when the voice quality over the phones was not good enough to start talking immediately after the establishment of a communication link.

Is this habit the same with “Hello” saying in western countries? I don’t think so. We Japanese usually don’t say “moshi-moshi” in ordinary conversation among us. “Moshi-moshi” is limited to the telephone-conversation only.

I assume “Hello” is not only used in the telephone conversation, but also used in the ordinary conversation. Is that really so?

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Hello is a greeting phrase in English. We used it in daily conversation too, it's an ice breaker. When two strangers met, it's always cool to start with hello and smile, rather than figuring the right topic to start the conversation. (^^)
It's interesting to know that 'Moshi moshi' actually is used to test the phone line.Thank you for sharing this.(^^)

投稿者: Makkuro (Jan 8, 2008, 10:20:44 AM)

The key point in my writing is that the phrase “moshi-moshi” is not used in an ordinary conversation between two parties in Japan, but it is apparent that the “hello” is used when starting the conversation in English speaking countries—it is also used in the conversation over telephone lines.

投稿者: cube290 (Jan 9, 2008, 11:13:50 PM)