corresponds to "excuse me
" in English
. It is used to get people's attention
, in exactly the same way hello
is used in English
. The Japanese
use it to answer
. This contrasts with the Spanish bueno
or the French
, which are greeting
Moshi-moshi, along with sumimasen, is a popular phrase for getting the attention of a stranger, because it contains elements of apology.
(picking up phone) Moshi-moshi, Jiibasu desu.
Hello, this is Jeeves.
Moshi-moshi, hankachi ga ochimashita yo.
Excuse me, you've dropped your handkerchief.
Starrynight pretty much has it right above, but moshi-moshi is a good phrase to have in your inventory for addressing strangers and for politely declaring that the building is on fire.