Japanese Onomatopoeia: Mimetic Words And Animal Sounds

Written byIchika Yamamoto

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
dog わ ん わ ん wan wan
cat に ゃ に ゃ nya nya
cat に ゃ ん に ゃ ん nyan nyan
chicken こ け こ っ こ koke kokko
pig ぶ ー ぶ ー buu buu
bear ぐ お ー guo
birds ぴ ち ゅ ぴ ち ゅ pichu pichu
cow も ー mo
elephant ぱ お ー ん pao-n
fox け ん け ん ken ken
frogs け ろ け ろ kero kero
frogs げ ろ げ ろ gero gero
goats め ー め ー me me
sheep め ー め ー me me
horse ひ ひ ー ん hihi-n
lion が お ー gao
tiger が お ー gao
monkey き き kiki
mouse ち ゅ ー ち ゅ ー chu- chu
turtle mu
wolf わ お ー ー ー ー ー ー ん ao—-n
Others Sounds Japanese Onomatopeya Romanji
the sound of hands clapping パ チ パ チ pachi pachi
sound of rain falling ざ あ ざ あ zaa zaa
sound of water dripping or rain drops ポ ツ ポ ツ potsu potsu
sound of gunshooting バ ン バ ン ban ban
the sound of a yawn フ ワ ア fuwaa
the sound of frog ribbit ケ ロ ケ ロ kero kero
the sound of laughter へ へ へ hehehe
the sound of laughter ハ ハ ハ hahaha
the sound of an explosion ド カ ン dokan
the sound of a hard blow ズ ガ zuga
the sound of rapid heart beat ど き ど き doki doki
jumping ウ ハ ウ ハ uha uha
jumping ぴ ょ ん ぴ ょ ん pyon pyon
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