Onomatopoeia (Food)

オノマトペ
Japanese Onomatopoeia

If you read manga, watch anime or Japanese TV, or have listened to a Japanese conversation, you may have noticed that there are a lot of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeias are a vital part of the language to articulate the nuances and to enhance descriptions. Here are some common onomatopoeia used for food and drinks.

とろとろ

(torotoro)

describes thick liquid; oozing, melting, dripping

プルプル

(purupuru)

jiggly

ねばねば

(nebaneba)

gooey, slimy

しゅわしゅわ

(shuwashuwa)

fizzy, describes anything carbonated

ふわふわ

(fuwafuwa)

light, airy, fluffy

ぷちぷち

(puchipuchi)

describes something small and round

もちもち

(mochimochi)

moist and springy

こんがり

(kongari)

toasted, well-baked

プリプリ

(puripuri)

perky and bouncy

ボリボリ

(boribori)

describes a hard crunching sound

That was 10 Japanese onomatopoeia flashcards!

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