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Japanese Onomatopoeia: Mimetic Words And Animal Sounds

Definition: Onomatopoeia in Japanese is the formation or use of words that mimic the sound of animals, insects, and other different nature sounds, or that exist in the place where we live.

**Animal****Japanese Onomatopeya****Romanji**
dogใ‚ ใ‚“ ใ‚ ใ‚“*wan wan*
catใซ ใ‚ƒ ใซ ใ‚ƒ*nya nya*
catใซ ใ‚ƒ ใ‚“ ใซ ใ‚ƒ ใ‚“*nyan nyan*
chickenใ“ ใ‘ ใ“ ใฃ ใ“*koke kokko*
pigใถ ใƒผ ใถ ใƒผ*buu buu*
bearใ ใŠ ใƒผ*guo*
birdsใด ใก ใ‚… ใด ใก ใ‚…*pichu pichu*
cowใ‚‚ ใƒผ*mo*
elephantใฑ ใŠ ใƒผ ใ‚“*pao-n*
foxใ‘ ใ‚“ ใ‘ ใ‚“*ken ken*
frogsใ‘ ใ‚ ใ‘ ใ‚*kero kero*
frogsใ’ ใ‚ ใ’ ใ‚*gero gero*
goatsใ‚ ใƒผ ใ‚ ใƒผ*me me*
sheepใ‚ ใƒผ ใ‚ ใƒผ*me me*
horseใฒ ใฒ ใƒผ ใ‚“*hihi-n*
lionใŒ ใŠ ใƒผ*gao*
tigerใŒ ใŠ ใƒผ*gao*
monkeyใ ใ*kiki*
mouseใก ใ‚… ใƒผ ใก ใ‚… ใƒผ*chu- chu*
wolfใ‚ ใŠ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใ‚“*aoโ€”-n*
**Others Sounds****Japanese Onomatopeya****Romanji**
the sound of hands clappingใƒ‘ ใƒ ใƒ‘ ใƒ*pachi pachi*
sound of rain fallingใ– ใ‚ ใ– ใ‚*zaa zaa*
sound of water dripping or rain dropsใƒ ใƒ„ ใƒ ใƒ„*potsu potsu*
sound of gunshootingใƒ ใƒณ ใƒ ใƒณ*ban ban*
the sound of a yawnใƒ• ใƒฏ ใ‚ข*fuwaa*
the sound of frog ribbitใ‚ฑ ใƒญ ใ‚ฑ ใƒญ*kero kero*
the sound of laughterใธ ใธ ใธ*hehehe*
the sound of laughterใƒ ใƒ ใƒ*hahaha*
the sound of an explosionใƒ‰ ใ‚ซ ใƒณ*dokan*
the sound of a hard blowใ‚บ ใ‚ฌ*zuga*
the sound of rapid heart beatใฉ ใ ใฉ ใ*doki doki*
jumpingใ‚ฆ ใƒ ใ‚ฆ ใƒ*uha uha*
jumpingใด ใ‚‡ ใ‚“ ใด ใ‚‡ ใ‚“*pyon pyon*

Author: Ichika
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