It has been cold hasn’t it! Winter makes us less active, well at least for me. It takes courage to step outside and even walk.. However, may be a perfect time to study at home. Specially due to the pandemic most of us are working from homes or studying at homes. Why don’t you take this opportunity to take up leaning languages you are always keen on to.
I must say that learning Japanese is far more difficult than learning English. While English language has one character of alphabet, Japanese language has three characters of hiragana, katakana and Kanji and grammatically how to structure sentences is totally different from English. For that reasons, it is sometimes discouraging to study. However, learning simple words can be easy way to start.
Today I introduce some simple words which are related to Winter. Do you happen to know them? I state English words, Japanese words, it’s kanji and it’s hiragana.
SNOW yuki 雪 ゆき
RAIN ame 雨 あめ
NORTH WIND kita kaze 北風
FROST shimo 霜 しも
GLOVE tebukuro 手袋 てぶくろ
SNOWBALL yuki daruma 雪だるま
SLED sori ソリ
CHARCOAL FIRE sumibi 炭火
JAPANESE IGLOO kamakura
FIREPLACE danro 暖炉 だんろ
HIBERNATION to-min 冬眠
DROPLETS shizuku 雫 しずく
ICICLE turara 氷柱 つらら
SLEET mizore 霙 みぞれ
Japanese Onomatopoeia can be used for Winter
We express various sounds, which are surrounding us and hear, in words, that is onomatopoeia (giongo). Compare with English language, Japanese language has much more onomatopoeia. We quite often use them. Describing animated lives, vehicles, human beings, nature and our life style. I have outlined some of them below which may be used to express for Winter. Do you know them?
For example, sleeping calmly and quietly we says “suya suya” to nemuru. Nemuru means “to sleep”.
|sleep calmly||suya suya||すやすや眠る|
|powder snow flutters||hira hira||粉雪がひらひらと舞う。|
|sleet falls so hard and wet||bicho bicho||みぞれがびちょびちょ降る|
|crust snow||gari gari||がりがりな雪|
|light and fluffy snow||fuwa fuwa||ふわふわした雪|
|snow falls softly||shin shin||雪がしんしんと降る|
|snow falls actively||kon kon||雪がこんこんと降る|
|snow pilling up thick and deep||zun zun||雪がずんずん積もる|
|harden snowballs tightly||gyu gyu||ぎゅっぎゅと雪だるまを固める|
|burn vigorously||bou bou||火がボウボウ燃える|
|wind whizz||hyu hyu||風がヒューヒュー|
|Droplets drop||pota pota||雫がぽたぽた落ちる|
|become warm||poka poka||ポカポカ暖かくなる|
|hands are stiff||kachi kachi||手がカチカチになる|
|snap the icicle||poki||氷柱をポキッと折る|
|sliding smoothly on a sled||suru suru||そりでスルスル滑る|
THANK YOU arigato ありがとう
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy and learn something new. Let’s keep on learning more Japanese words!!!