Japanese Onomatopoeia for Eating and Drinking

Japanese Onomatopoeia for Eating and Drinking

If you watch Japanese anime or read manga, you may have noticed that we use a lot of オノマトペ (onomatope). オノマトペ in Japanese refers to all onomatopoeia and mimetic words (non-onomatopoeic words) that describe a sound, a condition or state, an emotion, or feeling.

In this video, you’ll learn Japanese onomatopoeia and mimetic words related to eating and drinking.

For practice, fill in the blank with Japanese (hiragana or katakana) of the italicized noun, and check your answers in the video! (Some will be in kanji with furigana in the video).

どぼどぼ (dobo dobo)
pour excessively

– – – をドボドボかける
pour lots of sauce

もりもり (mori mori)
eat heartily

– – – をモリモリ食べる
eat rice hungrily

ぱくぱく (paku paku)
gobble up

– – – – をぱくぱく食べる
gobble up the octopus balls

ずるずる (zuru zuru)
slurping sound

– – をズルズルすする
slurp the soba

ぽりぽり (pori pori)
nibbling, munching on something that is cruncy

– – – – をぽりぽり食べる
munch on a cucumber

ぺろぺろ (pero pero)
licking motion

– – – – – をペロペロなめる
lick a candy apple

くちゃくちゃ (kucha kucha)
loud chewing sound

– – をくちゃくちゃかむ
chew on gum loudly

ちびちび (chibi chibi)

– – – – – をちびちび飲む
sip on sake

とくとく (toku toku)
the sound of liquid pouring from a narrow mouth

– – – をとくとくと注ぐ
pour beer (from a bottle)

ごくごく (goku goku)

– – – – をごくごく飲む
gulp down some barley tea

For more, learn Japanese オノマトペ (onomatope) to describe food here, and learn how to describe food and flavors here.

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