Japanese Mimetic Words: Pika Pika ぴかぴか

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Japanese Mimetic Words: Pika Pika ぴかぴか – Review Notes

Today we learned another Japanese Mimetic Word! Do you know what ぴかぴか (pikapika) means? Pikachu isn’t the only one using this word!

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japanese mimetic words

 Today we learned another Japanese Mimetic Word.

 Mimetic Words are words that mimic sounds, feelings, or senses (learn more)

 Today’s mimetic word is ぴかぴか (pikapika)

pikapika

 ぴかぴか (pikapika) is a word that describes something that shines or sparkles.

 It is often used to describe things that are new or have just been cleaned.

sparkling sink

shiny new car

 And of course, Pikachu!

pikachu

Enjoy the song: “Pikachu’s Summer Vacation: Pikapika massaichuu”

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Conclusion:

Today we learned about the Japanese mimetic word ぴかぴか (pikapika). If you have any questions about today’s lesson, leave a comment below!

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2 comments

  1. Can’t Pika Pika also be used to describe the sound that a mouse makes?

    Comment by Pikaboo on 12/29/2014 at 9:37 pm
  2. Actually, the sound mice make is チュー (chū) (◕ω<)♪

    Comment by PuniPuni on 01/06/2015 at 7:44 am

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