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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Onomatopoeia –Sounds of Water-

After long find autumn days, it started to rain in Japan. This rain can be snow in 2 or 3 weeks in north Japan. Relating to depressing rain days, I will write onomatopoeia about water today. Here is another onomatopoeia post about animal.

1, Sound of Rain
...Light rain…Para-para (パラパラ)
...Heavy rain…Zâ zâ (ザーザー)
Ex) Ame ga Zâ zâ Furu (雨がザーザー降る)

2, Sound of Dripping
...Pota-pota(ポタポタ)
Ex) Mizu ga Pota-pota Ochiru (水がポタポタ落ちる)

3, Sound of Splash
...Zabun! (ザブン), Bashan! (バシャン)

4, Sound of Sloshing
Chapu-chapu(ちゃぷちゃぷ)

5, Sound of Gurgling
Goku-goku(ごくごく), Gubi-gubi(グビグビ)
Ex) Mizu o Gubi-gubi Nomu (水をグビグビ飲む)

Oh, rain is getting hard now, and it turned to hail! People in Hokkaidoh seem to be involved in a tornado. I hope this rain won’t effect people’s life.


54 comments:

Pierre-Yann said...

You are lucky to have only rain now. In France, we had bad weather since August. Just now, its sunny since several days, but with temperature below zero.

The Japanese language have really a lot of onomatopoeia. Are them used commonly?

In French, we have some, but not really used in every day talks.

soursop said...

oh.... i'm glad you mention about onomatopoeia! i'm currently reading a book about Japanese onomatopoeia, too! ちびちび読んでる!(笑

is winter supposed to have a lot of heavy rain in your place? i thought it's only during july, 梅雨season? i hope your place is fine despite of the heavy rain! what happen to the rice field around your house?

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

we had snow yesterday actually, and 9 people died at a tornade in hokkaido. what a strange weather...

Yes, i picked up only common onomatopoeia in Japan. I think Japanese use onomatopoeia a lot.

kayanon said...

soursop>

Oh, that is nice timing, isn't it?

we supposed to have lots of rain in north Japan. Yeah, there are two 梅雨 in Japanese season; 梅雨 in July, and 秋雨 in fall.

About rice field, we finished whole things. So, there is nothing on rice filed now.

Anonymous said...

That is strange...snow and tornadoes! Here in the US I live in "Tornado Alley" in the midwest...we usually only have tornadoes in the spring and summer.

Thanks for the onomatopoeia words - I love learning new Japanese words! Are the characters kanji?

kayanon said...

greta>

Yes, very strange weather we have. According to a weather report, high and low pressure fight and it occurs thunder, rain, snow, and tornade.

>Are the characters kanji?
It generally writes in Katakata or Hiragana as I wrote. Some probably have Kanji, but we don't write them in Kanji.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Kayanon. What is the difference between Hirogana, Katakana and Kanji? One of my Japanese friends referred to Kanji as "Chinese symbols". Are these symbols shared between cultures? I am taking Japanese I class next fall, so I am trying to learn things ahead of time. :) Thanks for the information!

kayanon said...

greta>

Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji are very different. Hiragana...わたし。Katakana...ワタシ。Kanji...私。We use these words mixed like グレータは私の友達です。

Kanji came into Japan from China. After Kanji's appearance, Japanese made their own letters that was Katakana and Hiragana. Japanese Kanji and Chinese Kanji are similar, but have diffenret meaning sometimes and also there are Kanji only used in China or Japan. I have learned Chinese for 2 years at a collage, and found very different grammar structure which is more similar to English one.

Pierre-Yann said...

Kayanon, why in "グレータは私の友達です。" Greta don't have some polite suffix like san?

I will understand that, after speaking with someone in English, without any possible level politeness, using polite suffix in Japanese may be quite strange. Is it a rule for politeness in Japanese, after switching from another language?

Anonymous said...

Oh, is it proper to use the suffix san when speaking politely? I don't know much Japanese, and I was actually wondering what "-san" literally means?

Please excuse my not using the proper suffix; I have a lot to learn. :)

Rudey said...

Thanks for writing about onamatopoeia and the weather. I'm fascinated by both language movements in both. I'm afraid that when I manage to use a bit of Japanese with someone, I'll only be able to make sound effects! ^_^

kayanon said...

rudey>

Your welcome! I think Japanese people use onomatopoeia a lot in their conversation. Please use them when you have a chance!

kayanon said...

greta>

Never mind about "san". In formal case like business or fist meeting with new people, san is necessary to add after last name. However, san is not needed between friends. I considered Greta is my friend and had the example like that.

Anonymous said...

^^wow~ Interesting.

Pierre-Yann said...

So politeness suffix aren't need between friends. I always thinked that that was the normal way.

But, I always learned, and also heard in most anime, that suffix like -san, -kun or -chan are used even between friends. Therefore, it's hard to know the real common way to speak.

Anonymous said...

Your posts are always really interesting, I think you are doing a wonderful job of introducing a little bit of 'real' Japan to people in many countries.

We also had snow in Nagano on Tuesday and the temperature dropped to -4. It's brightened up a bit at the moment though. Are there any commonly used onomatopoeia for falling snow? I guess it's going to start falling heavily sometime this month.

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

Ok, I seem to take a topic about san, chan, kun. It sounds very confusing for Japanese learners. I will explain about them on my blog when I find a chance. ok?

kayanon said...

alex>

Thank you, alex. We will have snow tomorrow according to a weather report. I know Nagano has lots of snow because of Bonchi, but good for skiers.

Yes, there are onomatopoeia for falling snow. I posted new article about falling snow onomatopoeia. So, check it!

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