In this episode we’re going to look at onomatopoeia and sound words that you can use in English to widen your vocabulary
What is onomatopoeia? It means words that phonetically imitate, resemble or suggest the source of the sound that they describe – The imitation of a sound.
a cow – moo
a cat – meow
a dog – woof
animals:baa – sheep; bark-dog; buzz-bee, fly (buzz off! – go away!); chirp/tweet – bird; cluck/cock-a-doodle-doo – hen, chicken; hiss-snake, neigh-horse; mouse-squeak
oink-pig; purr-cat; quack-duck;
Water: drip, drizzle, splash
voice: growl, mumble, giggle, bawl, murmur, burp
air: whisper, swoosh, gasp, flutter
collisions; clap, bang, jingle, thump, slap, clink, thud
More examples: ding-dong, moan, beep (leave your message after the beep), honk/hoot/toot, bleep, buzz, zoom, hum, rustle, cough, fizz, gulp, spit, sniff
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