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15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)

15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)

What Are Japanese Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn. … Read More

15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)
What Are Japanese Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn.
Blast From the Past: 6 Japanese Toys From Your Childhood
When you're taking Japanese lessons, it's fun to learn about certain aspects of Japanese culture. Japanese pop culture has made a significant impact in the United States and worldwide. From electronic game consoles to action figures, Japan has had a long-standing influence on the worldwide toy market. You probably remember a lot of the items on this list, but never really knew their true origin. Go ahead and embrace your inner child, it's time to get nostalgic. Here are six popular Jap
The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet
Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? You've come to the right place! Here, you'll find some of the most effective tips and tricks to help you master the fundamentals of the Japanese language. In the United States, we learn our "ABCs." But in Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can seem difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think! The Japanese Alphabet & Writing Systems Written Japanese has two
Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit
The 9 Most Popular Kanji Tattoos
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to the three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Although kanji is generally considered the most difficult to learn, because of the symbols, it's the most popular writing system among non-Japanese speakers. Kanji consists of thousands of characters which were derived from the Chinese writing system. Because of the way they look, and the fact that they can convey a meaningful message in a limited amount of ch

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