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What the Animals Say

These are just some of the sounds that animals make, according to the Japanese. It is interesting to note that there are some that do not exist in English, like the elephant's paoon. These are written in romaji (Romanized Japanese), so please remember to pronounce them correctly. For example, the horse's hi-hiin is pronounced "hee-heen," etc.
cat - nyaao ; (purring) gorogoro
dog - wan-wan ; (growling) uuuu
mouse - chuu-chuu
horse - hi-hiin
cow - moo
sheep - mee-mee
pig - buu-buu
chicken - (clucking) kokkokko
rooster crowing - kokekokkoo
duck - gaa-gaa
sparrow - chun-chun
owl - hoo-hoo
fox - kon-kon
elephant - paoon
monkey - kyakkyaa


Japanese Onomatopoeias and Mimetic Words

Students of Japanese often find the Japanese giseigo and gitaigo amusing and fun to use. These words are made up of 2 Japanese syllables said twice in succession, for a total of 4. The giseigo are onomatopoeias — words used to describe a sound. Gitaigo are mimetic words which describe a certain feeling or condition.

Here are some that are often heard in everyday conversation, arranged in Japanese alphabetical order. Remember to pronounce those vowels correctly!

Note: This list is only a sample of the hundreds that are actually used. Some are dialectal and will be heard only in specific regions. Some will have meanings which overlap with others, with some being both giseigo and gitaigo. Also, some will have a dialectal usage that has evolved from its original one. For example, according to the dictionary bishobisho is used for "it drizzles," but people in some area use it to describe their clothes after they come in from the rain without an umbrella: "soaked to the skin."

Giseigo
karikari: crispy
garigari: crunchy
gyugyu: squeak; creak
guigui: gulp down
kusukusu: giggle; snicker
guzuguzu: complain; grumble
korokoro: rolling over and over
zakuzaku: walking on gravel or similar surface
jabujabu: splash and play in water
janjan: clang-clang; a jangling sound
dondon: beating (drums); heavy rainfall
batabata: flap; to bustle about
bishobisho: drizzle; soaked
pichapicha: water lapping against a shore or object
berabera: chatter; jabber
potsupotsu: (rain) falling in drops

Gitaigo
iraira: to be impatient
gyugyu: to squeeze; pack
guragura: loose, as in a loose tooth
gungun: steadily
sakusaku: a light crispness
sarasara: light; smooth; dry
zarazara: rough, like dry skin or sandpaper
sansan: to shine brilliantly
jimejime: damp; wet; moist
soyosoyo: gently; softly
sowasowa: to be restless
tsuntsun: to be stuck-up; stiff-mannered
dokidoki: nervousness; a fast heartbeat
nukunuku: warmly; snugly; comfortably
hakihaki: quick; smart; brisk
harahara: to be in suspense; thrilling
bishibishi: severely; rigorously
pichipichi: lively
pyonpyon: hop; skip along
hirahira: flutter
hirihiri: smart; tingle; burn
piripiri: to be on edge; testy
furafura: to feel dizzy or light-headed
fuwafuwa: light; soft
betabeta: to feel sticky
perapera: fluently
hokahoka: warm
botsubotsu: gradually
hodohodo: in moderation
mukamuka: to feel sick; be disgusted
meramera: go up in flames
meromero: to be terribly upset
wakuwaku: to be excited

yaha! dokidoki~wakuwaku!
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Posted 4/17/08
haha very interesting! I always loved these words, especially in mangas.
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Posted 4/29/08
nice!! haha...cute..
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Oo, thank you so much for this topic, I love these words! xD Or well, they're a pain to memorize but they sound like so much fun.
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Posted 5/2/08 , edited 5/2/08

awatemono wrote:

Oo, thank you so much for this topic, I love these words! xD Or well, they're a pain to memorize but they sound like so much fun.


yeah... i agree...
when such words appear on the background of the manga i am reading, all i could say is "what the hell??!" coz i couldn't find those words in my dictionary. hehe...
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Posted 5/21/08
i see these in mangas all the time and they confuse me...but they still look fun to use.
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Posted 6/4/08
hmmm......cool, now i will know the specific sounds when i read any manga sorry sarcasm here , they sound really funny when they are spoken
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Posted 6/11/08
hahahha.. so funny! thnks 4 those word!
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Posted 6/26/08
this is funny lol you missed out Dinosaur - gao~~~~~~~~ XD
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Posted 7/23/08
interesting (^-^)V
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Posted 8/26/08
jipon jipon
Very fascinating.
I would memorize this.
Oh, so now I know why Akira always says KON KON and makes hand fox.
Hahahaha!
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Posted 9/2/08

warui_reikon wrote:

What the Animals Say
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Thanks for posting, all of this was so cool! ~nukunuku :D

Posted 10/4/08
omg its so interesing thx a lot!!!!!!!!
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ow i love these~~~
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