Giongo (words for sounds) and Gitaigo (words for actions) The Japanese language is FULL of giongo or giseigo (onomatopoeia), and gitaigo (mimesis or. 年6月16日 Up to now, I introduced several times about Japanese giongo (擬音語) / giseigo ( 擬声語) and gitaigo (擬態語). If you’ve been exposed to Japanese for even the shortest period of time, you will have no doubt heard some sort of onomatopoeia being used.

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Giongo (擬音語), Giseigo (擬声語), and Gitaigo (擬態語): Japanese Onomatopoeia | JETAABC Japanese Course

Each onomatopoeia also has example sentences and notes on things like the etymology of the word and how it differs to others with a similar meaning. Those funny sounding, repeating words that sound both funny and foreign to the uninitiated. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. There is a great website called the Onomato Project which lets you practice onomatopoeia in the form of online quizzes. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat Logograms Kanbun Kanji by concept by stroke count Kanji radicals by frequency by stroke count Ryakuji.

Thank you so much for correcting my post! The first term in the title of this post, giongois onomatopoeia as we think of it. You are commenting using your Facebook account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Your quick and dirty guide Excel Formulas: Using onomatopoeia helps to more vividly describe an action or state.


Join 2 other followers. They are derived from the Chinese alphabet, and the same kanji may have a different pronunciation and serve a different morphological purpose depending on the context in which it appears. PhD dissertation, Kobe University. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: However, in Japanese, they prefer to break it down into three different types, each with its own distinct vocabulary: You are commenting using your WordPress.

Having example sentences or phrases to remember what kinds of situations these type of words are used in is essential. Whilst we Japanese learners can often guess the meaning of some words in context, it is worth noting that onomatopoeia is used in a much broader sense than in English.

Toru Premium Japanese English. Find a Course Now. Giongo refers to sounds made by inanimate objects. The sound-symbolic words of Japanese can be classified into four main categories: Email required Address never made public.

The Japanese love onomatopoeia the plural giongoo spelled the same as the singular, by the way.


However, since gitaigo had a lot of type, a famous Japanese proposed that it should be divided into three — gitaigo, giyougo, and gijougo. Giongo and Gitaigo Onomatopoeia This sentence is perfect! I once read an entry about japanese words of Portuguese origin and there were so many errors that they removed the page just to not deal with the backlash. A final point of interest is that these onomatopoeic giitaigo are never transcribed in kanjibut only in kana.

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Giongo (擬音語), Giseigo (擬声語), and Gitaigo (擬態語)

Views Read Edit View history. National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics website. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: From now on, I will sometimes write about Japanese gitaigo, adding a tag “onomatopoeia.

Each word is accompanied by illustrations and example sentences. Posted on October 18, Comments feed for this article. Slightly changing the sound of the onomatopoeia can also add further nuance, for example: In their Dictionary of Basic Japanese GrammarSeiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui point out several other types of sound symbolism in Japanese, that relate phonemes and psychological states.