Friday, October 29, 2021

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #11: Pero Pero

PHOTO CREDITS: Bruce Lam I’m pretty sure you’ve done this before when you were young: whenever you made a mistake, you’d stick out your tongue unconsciously, even...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #6: Bata Bata

Recently, I’ve been bogged down with events, and haven’t had time to focus on work. In Japanese, this is referred to as “bata bata”. It’s originally used to describe the sound of large objects...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #8: Tsuru Tsuru

I just returned from Hokkaido a few weeks ago. Winter is still in full swing over there, so there was heaps of snow everywhere.

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #7: Fura Fura & Bura Bura

This month, I’d like to talk about different movements: “fura fura” and “bura bura”. “Fura fura” is a swaying movement that is commonly-used to...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #5: Pika Pika

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of “pika pika” from the ultra-popular anime character, Pikachu. Pikachu’s super power, Lightning Rod, is a burst of bright light, befitting the onomatopoeia that inspired its name. Similarly, when eye-blinding...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #10: Kyaa!

PHOTO CREDITS: しろまるんさんによるイラストACからのイラスト When a young girl is surprised or excited, she’ll most probably scream out loud. And in the world of onomatopoeia, the most common expression...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #2: Koro Koro & Goro Goro

There is a Japanese nursery rhyme called: “Donguri Korokoro” (The Falling Acorn) In this song, an acorn falls off the tree and rolls into a pond. In the world of onomatopoeia, the continuous rolling movement of...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #18: Zoku Zoku

Welcome to 2020! Last month, I talked about getting the “buru buru” shivers. Today, let’s look at something quite similar, which is called “zoku zoku”.

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #9: Ton Ton

It’s considered a polite gesture to knock softly before entering a room. We usually refer to this action as “ton ton”. “Ton ton”...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #16: Mochi Mochi

Boba Tea Recently, my friend welcomed a new baby into her family. Her baby is happy and healthy, with plump, puffy cheeks, and supple skin that bounces back...
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