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【 Nihongo of the Week 】クチュクチュペ
ペッ (pe) is the オノマトペ (onomatopoeia) for spitting.
If a bug flies into your mouth, you would say,
Or if you want a child or your dog to spit out whatever they just put in their mouth, you would say,
asking them to spit it out.
Let’s imagine you’re trying to get a 4-year-old to brush their teeth.
Did you brush your teeth?
歯ブラシに 歯磨き粉を つけて
(はぶらしに はみがきこを つけて)
Put some toothpaste on your toothbrush.
Did you wash your mouth?
(Did you gargle?)
歯ブラシ (はぶらし) = toothbrush
歯磨き粉 (はみがきこ) = toothpaste
うがい = gargle
Can you guess what クチュクチュぺ means?
ぺ, as we mentioned earlier, is the onomatopoeia for spitting.
クチュクチュ is the onomatopoeia for swishing (kuchukuchu, as in the swishing sound).
So クチュクチュぺ is to swish-and-spit.
Note: You’ll see ぺ (or ペッ) in manga or written dialogues, but クチュクチュぺ is only used with kids.
(おくちの けあで かんせんよぼう)
Good oral hygiene will keep the viruses away.
Hope you stay safe and healthy!
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