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Onomatopoeias

Onomatopoeis are the naming of a thing or action by vocally imitating the sound associated with it. For example, bees buzz and dogs bark. Onomatopoeias come up quite often so they are good to be familiar with when learning a new language. Listed below are many common ones.

For more information check this cross-linguistic onomatopoeias(Opens in new window) article from Wikipedia.

Example English Finnish
Biting Chomp, munch, nom Rousk
Eating food Yum yum, om nom nom, slurp slurp Nam nam, nami nami
Swallowing Gulp Klup
Example English Finnish
Heart beating Thump thump, ba boom, ba bump, lub-dub Tu-tum, pu-pum
Belching Burp Röyh
Coughing Koff Köh köh
Flatulence Fart, poot, toot, blapp, pfft Prut, prööt
Sneezing Atishoo, achoo Atshii, atshiu, atsiuh, ätshii, ätshiu, ätsiuh
Snoring Zzz Krooh pyyh
Yawning Yawn Haukotus
Example English Finnish
Chicken clucking Cluck cluck, bok bok bok, bok bok b’gawk Kot kot
Rooster crowing Cock a doodle doo kukkokiekuu, kukko (cock), kiekuu (crowing)
Turkey calling Gobble gobble Klu klu klu
Duck calling Quack Kvaak kvaak
Bird singing chirp chirp, tweet tweet, cheep cheep, peep peep tsirp tsirp, tviit, piip piip, ti-ti-tyy
Crow calling Caw caw Kraa kraa
Owl hooting Hoo hoo Huhuu
Cat meowing Meow Miau, mau, nau, kurnau
Dog barking Woof, arf, bow wow, ruff, yap yap Hau hau, vuh vuh
Dog or wolf howling Awooo Auuu, vouuu
Horse whinnying Neigh Ii-ha-haa
Horse trotting Clip clop Klip-klop
Donkey braying Hee-haw, wee-snaw Ihaa
Cow mooing Moo Ammuu, muu, möö
Sheep bleating Baa Mää, bää
Goat bleating Maa, naa Mä-ä-ä-ää, bä-ä-ä-ää
Pig grunting Oink oink Röh röh, nöf nöf
Pig squealing Bree bree Skviik
Elephant trumpeting Baraag, nrrr, toot Tööt, trööt
Lion/tiger roaring Roar, grrr, rawr, roar Mur
Monkey chatting Oo-ooh a-aah Juk juk, tsik tsik
Bee buzzing Buzz, bzzz Surr, surrur
Frog croaking Ribbit, gribbit, croak Kurr kurr, kroak
Example English Finnish
Baby crying Wah wah Byääh, yää
Scream Ah, arghh ow, ouch, yeow, yow, agh, eek, yikes, oof Au, ai, auts
Shriek Yagh, gah, eek, yikes Iik, kääk
Hushing Hush, shh, shush Shh, hys
Pausing or thinking Uh, um, er, erm, hmmm, mmm Öö
Laughter Haha, heh-heh, hoho, (tee)heehee Haha, hahhah, hehe, hehheh, hihi, höhö
Kiss Mwah, smooch, smack Muisk
Balloon or bubble bursting Pop, bang Poks
Cannon firing, gunshot, machine gun fire bam, boom, blam, kaboom; bang, pow; rat-at-at-at-at-at, gat-gat-gat-gat, skkrrt skkrrt, dakka-dakka Pum, pam, ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, rä-tä-tä-tä-tä-tä
Crash Boom, bam, wham, slam, bang, crash, clash, pow, thonk, thunk, thud, clang Pam, pum, ryskis, kolin, räiskis
Door or floor creaking Creak Kriik, narsk
Knocking Knock knock, bang bang bang Kop kop
Car engine revving Vroom vroom, broom broom Vruum vruum, bruum bruum, prööm prööm
Car horn honking Honk honk, beep beep, toot toot Tööt tööt
Clock ticking Tick tock Tik tak
Doorbell ringing Ding-dong Pim pom
Siren wailing Wee-woo, ee naw, waow-waow Pii paa, viiuu viiuu viiuu
Train whistling Choo choo, woo woo Tuut tuut
Electric shock Zap Tsäp
Water dripping Drip drop, plink plonk Tip tip
Wind blowing or waves flowing Whoo, whoosh, swish, rustle, whine, whizz, whistle, wheeze, howl, zoom, sigh, sough, surf Viuuh
Jingling Clink clank, dingle dangle, jingle jangle Kilin, helin