Onomatopoeia = words that sound like what those things do or how they act
- “Buzz” is the sound a bee makes.
- “Whoosh” is the sound of something flying past you.
- If you drop a heavy book on the floor, it goes “thud”.
Here are some fun ones from various languages. I don’t know how accurate or often-used the words are in other languages, but most of the English and Japanese examples are pretty good. Most.
See the rest on Bored Panda: “How do kissing, snoring, and other things sound in different languages?”
Here are some more examples of onomatopoeia.
And here are more, including a video (where you can hear the pronunciation of onomatopoeia) and a quiz: