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Japanese Onomatopoeia Part 2 Posted by on Jun 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

Alright, so this time around we’re going to look at the Japanese onomatopoeia that are called gitaigo (擬態語). Unlike giseigo (擬声語), which is what I discussed last post, gitaigo (擬態語) is the type of onomatopoeia that describes psychological conditions and physical states.

ドキドキ : doki doki (describes nervousness)

ピリピリ : piri piri (describes someone who is on edge or feeling testy)

ムカムカ : muka muka (describes the feeling of disgust, or wanting to vomit)

ワクワク : waku waku (describes the feeling of being excited)

フラフラ : fura fura (describes the feeling of light-headedness or dizziness)

ベタベタ : beta beta (describes the feeling of stickiness, like a hot, humid day)

ピンピン : pin pin (describes the feeling of being lively or animated)

メロメロ : mero mero (describes the feeling of being upset or distressed)

フワフワ : fuwa fuwa (describes the feeling of being light, fluffy or airy)

イライラ : ira ira (describes the feeling of being impatient)

ヌクヌク : nuku nuku (describes the feeling of being warm, snug or comfortable)

ソワソワ : sowa sowa (describes the feeling of being restless or fidgety)

ヒリヒリ : hiri hiri (describes the feeling of something fluttering)

ハキハキ : haki haki (describes the feeling of quickness or briskness)

 

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