By Rachael Dory
Hope everyone is doing well and, for the new JETs, settling into their areas and positions well enough! Now that the school semester is back in full swing, I bet a lot of us are busy once again with class preparation and/or self-introductions.
Rather than keeping the spotlight on words from certain dialects, I’m including some fun 擬音語 [giongo, or “onomatopoeic word”] that I find useful. Admittedly, they’re kind of random, but man do I love saying them.
- ゴロゴロ [goro-goro] – used to describe rolling around, being lazy, and doing zip. Gotta love it when you can have some weekends where you ゴロゴロ
- ネバネバ [neba-neba] – used to describe stringy, gooey, stretchy things, like when you pull apart natto.
- ビチョビチョ [bicho-bicho] – used to describe being wet, more specifically wet through or soaked.
- サッパリ [sappari] – my favorite for the summer! Used to describe feeling refreshed, such as after you drink a cold beer on a hot summer night.
Those are just a few – Japanese has a TON of 擬音語, each with their own specific definition and usage. Try to pick some up; you may find that once you know them it’s hard to not use them!
Learn any new cool nihongo phrases? Got some Tsugaru-ben to impart on us all? Send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org