Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You’ve come quite a long way towards fully mastering Japanese onomatopoeia. Great job! There’s more to learn, though. Did you know that some Japanese onomatopoeia don’t actually imitate sounds? This makes them quite different from their English counterparts. For example, when you talk about someone who is “leafing through a book” in Japanese, you are using onomatopoeia.
This Japanese lesson teaches you everything you need to know about non-sound imitating Japanese onomatopoeia. You’ll find a simple explanation about why they are different from sound imitating onomatopoeia and the right ways to use them. Just a few of the words you’ll find are parapara (“scattering rain”) and kachikachi (a clattering sound). This lesson is your one stop source for getting in-depth with Japanese onomatopoeia.
If you would like to find out more about these onomatopoeia words, go to: https://www.japanesepod101.com/2009/02/04/onomatopoeia-3-sound-and-nonsound-imitations/
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