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2020.02.04 21:49

Storytime: In reading the novel Botchan I came across an interesting

phrase, "na moshi" (なもし). At the time the book was written it was a part of the Matsuyama dialect and often added onto the ends of sentences for some of the local people, for example:

‘You don’t know who she is yet, na moshi? Now, she’s the best-looking young lady in these parts, na moshi. So good-looking, in fact, that all the teachers at the school are always calling her “the Madonna,” na moshi. You haven’t heard, na moshi?’

I think its quite a cute and amusing phrase and it reminded me that in some places in England we add the word "innit" to the end of sentences (short for isn't it?) and also how some South East Asian's or Chinese will add the word "la / lah" onto their sentences.

I think these types of words are interesting and was wondering if you have any similar phrases in your language?
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  • 铺陈 2020.02.04 22:46

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    在汉语里,有对这类词的一种总称,叫做语气助词,类似的有:呀,啊,吗,哦……等等,没有什么实质上的意义,主要是起到感叹或者疑问的作用,也可以表达委婉语气,像撒娇一样,很可爱。
  • Lemoned 2020.02.04 23:13

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    In Taiwanese Mandarin, we have “ho” ( it’s originally from Taiwanese) to add to the end of sentence. The meaning is similar to isn’t.
  • Елена 2020.02.04 23:37

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    Yes, in Russian we also have such words in the end of the sentence when we seek confirmation: да?да ведь? правда? 😊
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 07:50

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    @铺陈 Ah wow. Thank you for sharing. 😊
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 07:51

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    @Lemoned Haha nice. It's interesting to see many different cultures have a device for this.
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 07:51

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    @Елена Oh wow. How are these pronounced in English? 😊
  • 璐叽 2020.02.05 09:49

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    我好喜欢学到这些语气词,这会让语言变得生动起来
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 11:11

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    @Елена Ahhhhh. Thank you for sharing! 😄
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 11:12

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    @璐叽 Yes!
  • EnLearning 2020.02.05 12:20

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    Na moshi
  • Елена 2020.02.05 12:51

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    @Shamus thankful to you much for your curious and helpful posts, l guess you teach many of Hello Talkers to read and pronounce English correctly😄🙏
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 14:25

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    @Елена Oh thank you for the high praise! 🤗
  • Shamus 2020.02.05 14:25

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    @EnLearning Na moshi? Na moshi! 😄
  • Елена 2020.02.05 15:32

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    @Shamus pleasure was mine😄👏

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