The Fun Corners of Japanese
The Japanese language can come at us with intimidating complexity. Yet it also has its fun, playful sides. Namely, its two kinds of onomatopoeia.
Giseigo imitate artificial and natural sounds. They include animal call sounds, like a dog’s barking, a frog’s croaking, or nature sounds like “raining heavily.”
Gitaigo express and mimic emotions. They convey a mood. For example waku waku (to be excited), or doki doki (being nervously giddy).
Let’s dive in to some of the most common onomatopoeia!