Just for fun I thought I would share a list of French onomatopoetic sayings with their English translations. The word for onomatopoeia in French is onomatopée.
French Onomatopoetic Expressions
Aïe, Ouïlle – ouch
Atchoum – achoo
Ben… – Uhm…
Beurk, Berk – yuck
Bom bom, Poum poum – thump thump (heart beating)
Bof – uh huh (kind of like “not really” or “yeah right”)
Chut – shh
Gloups – gulp
Hihihi, héhéhé – haha
Miam miam – yum yum or nom nom
Mouah – muah!
Ouaaah – yawn
Ouf – phew
Ouin! Ouin! – wah, wah!
Plouf – splash
Ron pchi – zzzzz (snoring)
Youpi – yippee
And in case you ever decide to design a Batman cartoon:
Bing, bang, boum, bam, vlan
Do you think I missed any important French onomatopoetic expressions? If you do, feel free to share more in the comments! I look forward to hearing from you.
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16 Jan 2017 - Language Resources