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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
dog ใ‚ ใ‚“ ใ‚ ใ‚“ wan wan
cat ใซ ใ‚ƒ ใซ ใ‚ƒ nya nya
cat ใซ ใ‚ƒ ใ‚“ ใซ ใ‚ƒ ใ‚“ nyan nyan
chicken ใ“ ใ‘ ใ“ ใฃ ใ“ koke kokko
pig ใถ ใƒผ ใถ ใƒผ buu buu
bear ใ ใŠ ใƒผ guo
birds ใด ใก ใ‚… ใด ใก ใ‚… pichu pichu
cow ใ‚‚ ใƒผ mo
elephant ใฑ ใŠ ใƒผ ใ‚“ pao-n
fox ใ‘ ใ‚“ ใ‘ ใ‚“ ken ken
frogs ใ‘ ใ‚ ใ‘ ใ‚ kero kero
frogs ใ’ ใ‚ ใ’ ใ‚ gero gero
goats ใ‚ ใƒผ ใ‚ ใƒผ me me
sheep ใ‚ ใƒผ ใ‚ ใƒผ me me
horse ใฒ ใฒ ใƒผ ใ‚“ hihi-n
lion ใŒ ใŠ ใƒผ gao
tiger ใŒ ใŠ ใƒผ gao
monkey ใ ใ kiki
mouse ใก ใ‚… ใƒผ ใก ใ‚… ใƒผ chu- chu
turtle ใ‚€ mu
wolf ใ‚ ใŠ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใƒผ ใ‚“ aoโ€”-n
Others Sounds Japanese Onomatopeya Romanji
the sound of hands clapping ใƒ‘ ใƒ ใƒ‘ ใƒ pachi pachi
sound of rain falling ใ– ใ‚ ใ– ใ‚ zaa zaa
sound of water dripping or rain drops ใƒ ใƒ„ ใƒ ใƒ„ potsu potsu
sound of gunshooting ใƒ ใƒณ ใƒ ใƒณ ban ban
the sound of a yawn ใƒ• ใƒฏ ใ‚ข fuwaa
the sound of frog ribbit ใ‚ฑ ใƒญ ใ‚ฑ ใƒญ kero kero
the sound of laughter ใธ ใธ ใธ hehehe
the sound of laughter ใƒ ใƒ ใƒ hahaha
the sound of an explosion ใƒ‰ ใ‚ซ ใƒณ dokan
the sound of a hard blow ใ‚บ ใ‚ฌ zuga
the sound of rapid heart beat ใฉ ใ ใฉ ใ doki doki
jumping ใ‚ฆ ใƒ ใ‚ฆ ใƒ uha uha
jumping ใด ใ‚‡ ใ‚“ ใด ใ‚‡ ใ‚“ pyon pyon

Author: Ichika
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