Chinese Onomatopoeia

Definition: In Chinese Onomatopoeia is the same that other languages is use of words that are intended to sound like the animals, nature, machines and insect.

Animal Onomatopoeia in Chinese

Animal English Chinese Pinyin
Birds chirp-chirp 唧 唧 喳 喳 jījīzhāzhā
Cats meow miāo
Cows moo mōu
Crows caw-caw 哇 哇 / 啞 啞 wā wā/yā yā
Ducks quack-quack 咕 咕 gū gū
Horses neigh / whinny 嘶 / 咴 兒 咴 兒 sī / huīr huīr
Mosquitoes buzz 嗡 嗡 wēng wēng
Sheep baa miē
Wolves howl 嚎 / 嗥 háo


Others Onomatopoeia in Chinese

English Chinese Pinyin
cough hāi
glug glug (drinking) 咕 嘟 咕 嘟 gūdūgūdū
puff of air
heavy breathing 咻 咻 xiū xiū
sound of tears streaming down the face 噗 嚕 嚕 pūlùlù
Sound of water or soup bubbling 咕 嘟 gūdū





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