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国際課

ACCESS  Oct - Nov 2008

A Bimonthly Newsletter for International Residents of Yamaguchi Prefecture


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In Japan, onomatopoeic words, known as giseigo, are used frequently in everyday conversation. Onomatopoeic words help the speaker to better express his or herself and the listener to better understand the speaker. Moreover, they are fun to use! Try including some of these in your conversations!



笑う(わらう, warau) - to laugh

・くすくす笑う (kusukusu warau) - to giggle

・けらけら笑う(kerakera warau) - to cackle

・げらげら笑う(geragera warau) - to guffaw


泣く(なく, naku) - to cry

・わーわー泣く(waawaa naku) - to sob

・しくしく泣く(shikushiku naku) - to sniffle

・めそめそ泣く(mesomeso naku) - to cry quietly


歩く(あるく) - to walk

・のっしのっしと歩く(nosshinosshi to aruku) - to lumber

・そろそろ歩く(sorosoro aruku) - to walk slowly, gingerly

・よたよた歩く(yotayota aruku) - to totter, wobble


食べる(taberu) - to eat

・がつがつ食べる(gatsugatsu taberu) - to gobble, wolf down

・ぱくぱく食べる(pakupaku taberu) - to munch, devour

・もりもり食べる(morimori taberu) - to eat like a horse



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