Tuesday, June 26

Onomatopoeia Online










Have you heard of “onomatopoeias?”



Onomatopoeiasare words that copy sounds. They don’t have any special meaning and they’re not normally used in everyday conversation.



But these days, they're sometimes used in online chats.




Onomatopoeias are interesting because when you learn any foreign language, you will see that the onomatopoeias of that language are very different from those of your native language, which are still different from those of another language.



For example, an American dog will make a sound like “bow wow” or “ruff-ruff” or “arf.” But in Japan, the same animal will say “wan-wan.” And in Korea, it will say “mong mong.”



A frog in America makes the sound of “ribbit.” But in Japan, it will be “kero kero.” In Korea, “gaegool gaegool.” And in France, “croac croac.”



The sound of light rain in America is also “pitter-patter” but in Japan it’s “para-para.”



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There’s no 100% explanation behind this mystery yet – except for the fact that onomatopoeias somewhat follow their mother language.



Anyway, it’s sometimes funny to compare the different onomatopoeias between two cultures. And, when you don’t have enough skill in the language you are learning, they can become a great source of entertainment.



Also, onomatopoeias may not be so commonly used in everyday conversation, but I have a feeling that they have a deep and basic connection to how each nationality perceives sounds differently. And they might hold the key to the chaotic Babel; to understand the countless languages of the world.




For a lighter and entertaining purpose, here is an incomplete list of different onomatopoeias across some of the languages of the world.





Have fun learning them!






Some Onomatopoeias

Across the World




English
Japanese
Korean
Russian
German
French
Chinese/Man.
Spanish
Italian
Baby crying
wah-wah
ogyaa 
おぎゃあ
eung'ae
eung'ae 응애-응애
ua-ua 
уа-уа
wäh-wäh
Ouin! Ouin!
wā wā 哇哇
buá buá
uè-uè
Biting
chomp, munch, 
om nom
musha-musha 
むしゃむしゃ

khrum хрум
mampf
miam



Burping
burp
geppu 
ゲップ
kkeo-eok 
꺼억

rülps
rot


rutt
Farting
poot, 
toot
bu 
ぶっ
bbung 
pook пук
pups
prout


prot
Food being eaten
yum yum, 
om nom nom
もぐもぐ 
(mogu mogu)
nyam nyam
 냠냠
njam-njam 
ням-ням
mampf mampf
miam miam

ñam ñam
gnam_gnam
Heart Beating
thump thump, 
ba boom, 
ba bump
ドキドキ 
(doki doki)
doogeun
doogeun
 두근두근
tuc-tuc 
тук-тук
ba-dumm, 
bumm bumm
bom bom, 
poum poum
pēng pēng 
怦怦
bum bum bum
tu tump
Hushing
hush, 
shh
shh 
しーっ

ts-s тс-с, 
sh-sh ш-ш, 
tsyts! цыц!
pst,
pscht
chut chut
shī 
chitón 
cht

Kiss
mwah, 
smooch
チュー 
(chū)
jjohk 
chmoc чмок
muah, 
schmatz
mouah, smack
boh
 
mua or muac, 
chuik
smac
Laugh
hahah, 
heh heh, 
hohoho,
(tee)heehee
ahaha 
あはは, フフ 
(fu fu)
hahaha 하하하, kekeke 케케케
haha 
хаха, 
hihi 
хихи, 
hèhè 
хехе
hahaha, hihihihi
hahaha
héhéhé
hihihi, hohoho
hā hā
哈哈,
hē hē 
呵呵,
xī xī 
嘻嘻
jajaja, 
jejeje
ah, ah, 
eh, eh, 
ih, ih, 
uh, uh
Scream
ow, 
ouch, 
yeow, 
yow, 
agh, 
eek, 
yikes
gyā 
ギャー
ah
 , 
aya 
아야
oy ой, 
ay ай, 
okh ох
au, 
aua, 
ah, 
autsch
aïe, 
ouille
āiyā 
哎呀
āiyō 
au, 
ay
ahi, 
ahia, 
ohi
Shriek

yagh, 
gah, 
eek, 
yikes
kyaa 
きゃあ

wi-i-i уи-и-и

(of pig)
uwah, 
waah, 
ieh




Sneeze
achoo!
ハクション! 
(hakushon!)
etchi 
에치
apchkhi! Апчхи
Hatschi!, Hatschu!
Atchoum
ā tì 
阿嚏
¡Achu!,
¡Achís!
or ¡Achú!
etciú
Snoring
zzz
gu-gu 
ぐうぐう

khrrr хр-р-р

Ron pchi
hū lu 


Swallowing
gulp
goku 
ごくっ
ggul gguk 꿀꺽
glyg глыг
schluck


glup
glu glu
Tooth brushing

ゴシゴシ 
(goshi goshi)
chi-ka chi-ka 
치카치카



shua 
¡chiqui chiqui!

Yawning
yawn
fuwaāa 
ふわあーあ


gähn
ouaaah









Hope you learned something!


If there are other onomatopeias from your native country that you would like to add here, kindly mention them in the Comments. Thanks!

Keep on learning !








This article uses material from the Wikipedia article <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-linguistic_onomatopoeias">"Cross-linguistic onomatopoeias"</a>, which is released under the <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ph/">Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0</a>.










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