Onomatopoeias around the world

Onomatopoeias around the world

Onomatopeias sound like words they are describing like meow, crash, bam, etc. in English. When onomatopoeias are translated, sometimes the words aren’t mimicked the same  way. In English, when we say splat, French say plouf. Here’s a couple of onomatopoeias from languages around the world:


In English, we use words like “Bam”, “Boom”, or “Pow” to convey the sound of a gun being shot. In French, “Boum” and “Pan” are used, “Bum” and “Pum” are used in Italian, and “Ba-Bakh” and “Pif-paf” are used in Russian.


When someone gets hurt, in English someone will yell “Ouch!” In French, a person would scream “Aie!” In German, someone would use “Au” or “Autsch” when they are in pain.

Sound of a train

In English, we say “chugga chugga choo choo”. Koreans use “chik chik pok pok”. Koreans say “chik chik pok pok (칙칙폭폭)”.


In English, we say “Achoo!” when we sneeze. In German, they say “hatschu”, “atiesjoe” in Afrikaans, and hapčí in Slovak.


When someone is eating food, in English we use “nom nom”. In German, they use “mampf mampf”.

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