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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Onomatopoeia in Korean Words

What is onomatopoeia ?
Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named, such as "cuckoo", or "sizzle" or "buzz". However the word Onomatopoeia can also be used to describe the use of such words for rhetorical effect.

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Korean language also have a lot of onomatopoeic words, here, there are some of onomatopoeic words in Korean.

빵빵 = ppang ppang = honk honk of a car.
쿵 = kung! = thud, thump.
쾅 = kwang! = a door slam.
꼬끼오 = kko-kki-o = cock-a-doodle-do.
윙윙 = wing wing = buzz of a bee.
짹깍짹깍 = jjaek-kkak-jjaek-kkak = tick-tock of a clock.
짹잭 = jjaek jjaek = the chirp of a bird.
삐약삐약 = ppi-yak-ppi-yak = peep peep of a chick.
부글부글 = bu-geul-bu-geul = the bubbling of boiling water.
왁자지껄 / 와글와글 / 시끌벅적 = wak-ja-ji-kkeol / wa-geul-wa-geul / si-kkeul-beok-jeok = hubhub.
헐레벌떡 = heol-le-beol-tteok = confused person.
캉캉 = kang-kang = woof (dog's barking).
낑낑 = kking-kking = whine of the dog.
칙칙폭폭= chik-chik-pok-pok = puff of a steam locomotive.

부릉부릉 = bu-reung bu-reung = vroom of a car.
쿨쿨 = kul-kul = snoring.
새근새근 = sae-geun-sae-geun = breathing of a sleeping baby.
꿀꿀 = kkul - kkul = oink oink of a pig.
후두두 = hu-du-du = pitter-patter of rain.
달그락달그락 = dal-geu-rak, dal-geu-rak = clackety-clack of typewriter keys.
엉엉 = eong-eong = boo-hoo of a weeping man.
냠냠 = nyam nyam = munch, munch.

피웅 = pi-yung = zing, whiz of an arrow or bullet.
핑 = ping = twang a bow.
투덜투덜 = tu-deol tu-deol = mumble the person.
뒹굴뒹굴 = dwing-gul dwing-gul = a rolling object or a lazy man shifting his body on the floor.
첨벙 = cheom beong = splash of something falling into the water.
두근두근 = du-geun du-geun = sound and felling of a throbbing heart.

Resources and references :
How Koreans Talk

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