Japanese Mimetic Words: PuniPuni ぷにぷに

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Japanese Mimetic Words: PuniPuni ぷにぷに – Review Notes

Today we learned about Japanese Mimetic Words! Have you ever wondered what ぷにぷに (punipuni) means? You will find out in this lesson!

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mimetic words

Today we will learn about Japanese Mimetic Words.

Mimetic Words are words that mimic sounds, feelings, or senses.

An easy example of mimetic words is animal sounds such as “bark” or “meow.” We have another lesson on animal sounds. Click here to see that lesson.

animal sounds

However, mimetic words do not only mimic sounds.

Today we will be learning a mimetic word that depicts a non-auditory sense.

squishy

Have you ever watched our videos and wondered what ぷにぷに (punipuni) means?

ぷにぷに (punipuni) is actually a mimetic word, meaning “squishy.”

chubby cheeks

It is often used to describe the squishy feeling of chubby cheeks or arms.

cat paws

It is also often used to describe the squishiness of animal paws.

ぷにぷに (punipuni) can be used to describe anything that is squishy.

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Conclusion:

Today we learned a little about Japanese mimetic words and specifically about the word ぷにぷに (punipuni). If you have any questions about today’s lesson, leave a comment below!

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  1. watashi ha ‘mimetic words’ daisuki 🙂

    Comment by Floor-chan on 12/10/2014 at 4:13 am

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