100 Useful Kanji
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
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)’)
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
HAVE A SAFE AND PROSPEROUS MUSHI-FREE DAY!
100 Useful Kanji
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