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Onomatopoeia In Chinese: Animal And Other Mimetic Words

Just like other languages, Mandarin Chinese onomatopoeia are mimetic words that mimic animal sounds, emotions and machines.

Animal Onomatopoeia in Chinese

AnimalEnglishChinesePinyin
Birdschirp-chirp唧 唧 喳 喳 jījīzhāzhā
Cats meowmiāo
Cowsmoomōu
Crowscaw-caw哇 哇 / 啞 啞wā wā/yā yā
Ducks quack-quack咕 咕gū gū
Horsesneigh / whinny嘶 / 咴 兒 咴 兒sī / huīr huīr
Mosquitoes buzz 嗡 嗡wēng wēng
Sheepbaamiē
Wolves howl嚎 / 嗥háo

Other Onomatopoeia in Chinese

EnglishChinesePinyin
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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