How many Japanese Onomatopoeia do you know?


Japanese has a lot of Onomatopoeia.

There are as many as 700 over!!


I’m talking about famous onomatopoeia today:)

You might able to enjoy Manga if you learn them!

Because there are so many Onomatopoeia on Manga.



Let’s learn to Japanese Onomatopoeia


Let’s get start it!!


Emotion Onomatopoeia



1 Doki doki(ドキドキ)

That means pounding of your hart.

It’s used the situation of first date, your eyes met to someone and you got embarrassed etc…


example 1: ドキドキしちゃう!

dokidoki sichau!

(My hart pounding!)

example 2:ドキドキしちゃった!

dokidoki sichatta!

(My hart was beating so fast!)


The Japanese equivalent of Doki doki is pounding and beating in these sentence.



2 Waku waku(ワクワク)

That means exiting or exited.

It’s used when you are exited.


example 1:ワクワクする!

wakuwaku suru!

(I’m so exited!)


example 2:日本に行くのワクワクする!

nihonni ikuno wakuwaku suru!

(I’m thrilled for visiting Japan!)


You can use Waku waku for “I can’t wait to ~” also.



3 Ira ira(イライラ)

You can use it when you are feeling annoyed, irritated and frustrated.


example 1:その事についてとてもイライラした。

sonokotonitsuite totemo iraira shita

(I felt very annoyed of that thing.)


examole 2:その時私はイライラしていた。

sonotoki watasiwa iraira shiteita.

(I was feeling irritated at the time.)



Hara hara(ハラハラ)

You can use it when you feel uneasy, thrilled and anxious.


example 1:その映画みててハラハラしちゃった!

sono eigamitete harahara shichatta!

(The movie made me uneasy.)


example 2:ハラハラさせないで!

harahara sasenaide!

(Don’t make me anxious!)



Sowa sowa(そわそわ)

You can use it when you are fidgeting or get butterflies.


example 1:私は一日中ソワソワしていた。

watasiwa ichinichijyu sowasowa shiteita

I had been fidgeting all day.


example 2:試験の前、私はソワソワしていた。

sikenno mae watasiwa sowasowa shiteita

(I had butterflies in my stomach before the examination.)




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Goro goro(ごろごろ)

You can use it when you want chilling out at your home.


example 1:週末は、家でゴロゴロしていただけだよ。

shuumatuwa iede gorogoro shiteita dakedayo

(I was just chilling out at my home weekend.)


example 2:家でゴロゴロするのが大好き!

iede gorogorosurunoga daisuki

(I like sitting around at my home!)



Niko niko(にこにこ)

You can use it when you are happy and want to smile from ear to ear.


example 1:彼女はいつもニコニコしている。

kanojyo wa itsumo nikoniko shiteiru

(She is always smiling.)


example 2:彼は、ニコニコしながら私に近づいてきた。

karewa nikonikoshinagara watasini chikaduitekita

(He approached me while beaming smile)




Meso meso(めそめそ)

You can use it when you feel sad.


example 1:めそめそしないで!

mesomeso shinaide!

(don’t be a wimp!)


example 2:何のことでめそめそ言ってるの?

nanno kotode mesomeso itteruno?

(What are you grizzling about?)




You can use it when you see something that closely packed.


example 1:本棚には本がぎっしりと詰まっている。

hondana niwa honga gisshirito tumatteiru

(The bookcase is packed with books)


example 2:エレベーターにぎっしりいっぱいに乗った。

erebeetaa ni gisshiri ippaini notta

(We jammed in to the elevator)



Kira kira(きらきら)

You can use it when you see some sparkly or shiny things.


example 1:彼女のドレス、きらきらしてる!

kanojyo no doresu kirakira shiteru!

(Her dress is sparkly)


example 2:私はきらきらしているものが好き。

watashi wa kirakira shiteiru monoga suki

(I like shiny things)




You can use it when you want to do something without letting someone know.


ezample 1:彼は私にそのことをこっそり教えてくれた。

karewa watashini sonokotowo kossori osietekureta

(He taught me about it in private)


example 2:私はこっそりと、その部屋に入った。

watashi wa kossorito sonoheyani haitta

(I stealthily entered the room)



Chiku taku(ちくたく)

You can use it for time or clocks.


example :時計がちくたくなる音がする。

tokei ga chikutaku naru otogasuru

(I hear the ticktack sound of the clock)



Beto beto(べとべと)

You can use it when your hands feel sticky.


example 1:汗でべとべとする。

asede betobeto suru

(I’m sticky with sweat)


example 2:私の髪の毛、べとべとする。

watashino kaminoke betobeto suru

(My hair is greasy)



Mori mori(もりもり)

You can use it when you see a guy with ripped muscle.


example 1:彼は筋肉もりもりだ。

kare wa kinniku morimori da

(He is a muscular guy)


example 2:ご飯をもりもり食べる。

gohan wo morimori taberu

(I eat heartily)




Animal sounds




for cow’s sound



for seep’s sound


Wan wan(わんわん)

for dog’s sound



for cat’s sound


Kero kero(ケロケロ)

for frog’s sound


Chun chun(ちゅんちゅん)

for bird’s sound



for horse’s sound




In conclusion

Did you enjoy them?

You might find some Onomatopoeia in the magazine or manga.

I hope helpful for you 🙂