Onomatopoeia in different languages

Elf
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How does onomatopoeia differ in the different languages?


For example is there a language where pigs don't say "oink"? :D 


I know for laughing it's really different..some say "hahah" some say "jajaja" some say "huehuehue" some say "yayayaya"


So surely there's difference in onomatopoeia between languages :D

I'm looking to some interesting examples in this thread :D 

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Elf
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Hi Dragonsky! Yeah, it sounds funny, lol . In Tagalog, we have the words siya-siya or sige-sige which means Yes. 

Charlyn Amoin

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Spanish is jajaja, my husband makes fun of me about this all the time. There was a post where they shared some different animals sounds around the countries.

-Ari-

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Yeah animals has been discussed but what about other onomatopoeiac words I would be curious to know .... Do doors creak open ? What are your native equivalents for crash thump whoosh, how do you sneeze achoo ! 

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Ari wrote:
Spanish is jajaja, my husband makes fun of me about this all the time. There was a post where they shared some different animals sounds around the countries.

That's what inspired me for this thread :D 


I know that there are some differences in other sounds, and idk, I find that interesting :D 

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Elf
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This is a tough one. The only thing that comes to mind immediately is, dog's bark in Mandarin. Apparently, dogs go "wang" in Mandarin.  

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meifeng wrote:
This is a tough one. The only thing that comes to mind immediately is, dog's bark in Mandarin. Apparently, dogs go "wang" in Mandarin.

Ha, that's interesting ! Had no idea about it :D 

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we have "mingming" for cats, "tuko" which is gecko and 'hatching" for sneeze

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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I'm going to use hatching 

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Michelle.Batan wrote:
we have "mingming" for cats, "tuko" which is gecko and 'hatching" for sneeze


"mingming" - that's so cute!

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What's the most mainstream onomatopeia for sneeze?

Achooo? 

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meifeng wrote:

This is a tough one. The only thing that comes to mind immediately is, dog's bark in Mandarin. Apparently, dogs go "wang" in Mandarin.


Wang wang, that sounds different lol.


We us Achoo for sneeze in Spanish.

Meow for cats. 

-Ari-

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meifeng wrote:
Michelle.Batan wrote:
we have "mingming" for cats, "tuko" which is gecko and 'hatching" for sneeze

"mingming" - that's so cute!


yeah. thats for kittens :)

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
I'm going to use hatching


LOL

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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