Friday, October 29, 2021

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 #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 #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 #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 #17: Buru Buru

In Japanese folklore, the yōkai (demon) is a well-known collection of creatures, known for their eclectic (and often terrifying) characteristics. During the Edo period, a printmaker...

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 #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...

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 #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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