ONOMATOPOEIA

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Onomatopoeia is a sound translated into words. These sounds are exactly the same all over the globe, but our interpretation of them is different.


For example in England a frog says ‘ribbit’, in Germany it says ‘quaken’, in Spain the says ‘croá croá’ and in Japan it says ‘kero kero’. But it’s not the animals that are speaking different languages, we humans are!


Here are some onomatopoeic definitions and examples in sentences so you can see how they are used. They can all be used as nouns or verbs.

Buzz


The sound a bee or a buzzer makes.

e.g. I rang the bell and Jane buzzed me into the building.

Bang


The sound of an explosion or a door slamming.

e.g. She banged her head getting into the car.

Bark


The loud sound a dog makes.

e.g. ‘I can’t get any sleep, that dog has been barking all night.’

Burp


A sound that you might make with your mouth after drinking a fizzy drink.

e.g. ‘That’s disgusting Joseph, you can’t burp at the dinner table.’

Click


A short sharp sound that can be made with the tongue, fingers or two hard objects.

e.g. It was magic. She clicked her fingers and the light came on.

Knock


The sound of somebody striking their knuckles on a door.

e.g. There was nobody in. I knocked 3 times but nobody answered.

Mumble


When somebody is speaking quietly and unclearly.

e.g. ‘Stop mumbling Patrick. Nobody can understand you.’

Pop


A light explosion, like a balloon or a bottle of champagne.

e.g. ‘Shall we pop open this bottle of champagne to celebrate?’

Rustle


The sound of dry leaves, paper or a crisp packet.

e.g. ‘Shhhh! Stop rustling. I’m trying to watch the movie.’

Whisper


Speaking very quietly and without voice.

e.g. ‘Tell me the secret. Just whisper and no-one will hear.’




Are these the same in your language? What are some onomatopoeic sounds that you know?


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Hello everyone, I'm Aisling, a qualified and experienced teacher. I can help you to enjoy English classes and feel cool and confident while you practise speaking. Whatever level you are and needs that you have, don't worry, I will adapt the classes completely to your needs and we will have fun! I have 6 years' teaching experience. Currently I am living and teaching English in Barcelona and learning Spanish. I hold a Cambridge CELTA certificate for teaching English and a university degree. I enjoy creating fun and dynamic lessons. I am creative person who writes stories in my spare time, along with reading a wide variety of books, painting, making documentaries, volunteering, keeping fit and travelling. I'm open-minded, friendly and compassionate; and I work hard with students to achieve their goals. I'm always learning and always improving.
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英语
globe
英国
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32
英语
母语
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加泰罗尼亚语
B2
,
西班牙语
B2
,
德语
A1
Hello everyone, I'm Aisling, a qualified and experienced teacher. I can help you to enjoy English classes and feel cool and confident while you practise speaking. Whatever level you are and needs that you have, don't worry, I will adapt the classes completely to your needs and we will have fun! I have 6 years' teaching experience. Currently I am living and teaching English in Barcelona and learning Spanish. I hold a Cambridge CELTA certificate for teaching English and a university degree. I enjoy creating fun and dynamic lessons. I am creative person who writes stories in my spare time, along with reading a wide variety of books, painting, making documentaries, volunteering, keeping fit and travelling. I'm open-minded, friendly and compassionate; and I work hard with students to achieve their goals. I'm always learning and always improving.

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