Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sounds effects from Japanese manga

Here is a list of sound effects used in Japanese manga and what each means.

The Japanese language is rich not only in onomatopoeia (called giongo), which represent sounds and actions (such as "buzz" in English) but also in what are called gitaigo—mimetic words that primarily represent emotional states. For instance, shun represents a feeling of being lonely or forlorn, whereas niya niya suggests a sly grin. In fact, I've always considered gitaigo to be one of the last hurdles to complete fluency in Japanese.

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