The cow goes moo.

Learning onomatopoeia will help you add “flare” to your language, says this “Definitive Guide to Onomatopoeia” from Tofugu. This article is meant for learners of Japanese, but it’s just as helpful (and maybe even more, since the text is in English) for English language learners.

It’s incredibly comprehensive and would make a great research and discussion topic, surveying people and then talking about which of the words and phrases are used a lot in Japanese and in English, in writing and in conversation.

For instance, in English, I’d say “eager walking” is not commonly used, but “faced paced walking” is more common in writing, while in conversation, I’d probably just say “walking really fast”.

 

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