Friday, August 23, 2019

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 #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 #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 #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”...

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...

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 #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...
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