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From the Land of Onomatopoeia

Occasionally I get an urge to build up my language skills. This was brought home when I saw this guy's translation of "Botchan" and started to think that I'd like to better my reading skills. This led to an investigation of electronic dictionaries vs. printed ones and I ended up pulling the "New Crown Japanese-English Dictionary" off my shelf and opening it up. It opened to the "p" section and I was amazed at the amount of onomatopoeia. So many of the entries are things like paripari and panpan.
For your enjoyment here are some of them and their English equivalents:

  • pachapacha - splash
  • pachipachi - crackle
  • pakapaka - clop-clop
  • pakupaku - munch
  • panpan - crack/bang
  • pappa - puff, puff
  • parapara - patter of rain
  • paripari - crisp
  • patan - slam
  • patapata - flapping/fluttering
  • petchakucha - chatter
  • pekopeko - empty
  • perapera - flimsy/also fluent
  • perori - to lick up
  • pachapacha - splash
  • petapeta - slap as with walking with bare feet
  • picha-picha - lap as waves against the shore
  • piichiku-piichiku - chirp
  • pichi-pichi - young and lively
  • pika-pika - glitter/sparkle/twinkle
  • pikari - flash as lightning
  • piku-piku - twinge
  • pii-pii - whistle
  • piri-piri - to sting
  • piyo-piyo - peep like a chick
  • poka-poka - to grow comfortably warm
  • pokin - break/snap
  • pokkuri - to pop off suddenly/die
  • pon - to come out with a pop
  • ponpon - bang! bang!
  • po-po- - hooting
  • potapota - drip drip
  • potsu-potsu - drip in small drops/bit by bit
  • punpun - smell strongly/reek
  • puripuri - see punpun
  • pyokon - bob ones head as in a bow
  • pyonpyon - skip/hop as a rabbit
  • pyuu - whiz/whistle/hiss

    Bye-bye for now.

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