Thursday, April 25, 2024

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 #3: Niko Niko & Niya Niya

“Niko niko” and “niya niya” are used to describe smiling expressions. However, although they bear a striking resemblance in terms of pronunciation, the underlying meaning is totally different, and I’ll explain why. “Niko niko” is derived...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #12: Bero Bero

PHOTO: Getty Images Last month, I introduced the onomatopoeia “bero bero”, which can be used to describe excited dogs licking your face, or the funny faces you...

Go Go Nihongo! Volume #14: Muka Muka

In Japanese dramas or anime, it’s highly likely that you might have heard the phrase, “Mukatsuku!” uttered by people who are angry. In modern Japanese...

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 #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 #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 #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 #1: Doki Doki

Are you a fan of Japanese comics, or as we call them, manga? Apart from the characters’ dialogues, you might have noticed lots of quirky sound effects incorporated into the background, like, “burororo”, “donn”, “waku waku”...
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