How to use Onomatopoeia | Learn Japanese online free

Japanese has a large inventory of sound symbolic or mimetic words, known in linguistics as ideophones.[1][2] Sound symbolic words are found in written as well as spoken Japanese.[3] Known popularly as onomatopoeia, these words are not just imitative of sounds but cover a much wider range of meanings;[1] indeed, many sound-symbolic words in Japanese are for things that don’t make any noise originally, most clearly demonstrated by shiinto (しいんと), meaning “silently”.(wikipedia)

Some examples

ぷにぷに
[Punipuni]
ほっぺがぷにぷにしています
[Hoppega punupuni shiteimasu]

ぷよぷよ
[Puyopuyo]
おなかがぷよぷよしています
[Onakaga puyopuyo shiteimasu]

さらさら
[Sarasara]
かみがさらさらです
[Kamiga sarasara desu]

くるくる
[Kurukuru]
かみがくるくるしています
[Kamiga kurukuru shiteimasu]

とんとん
[Tonton]
ドアをとんとんたたきます
[Doawo tonton tatakimasu]

どんどん
[Dondon]
ドアをどんどんたたきます
[Doawo dondon tatakimasu]

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