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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #92194: Onomatopoeia
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    Onomatopoeia


    Onomatopoeia


     Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like what they describe. 







     ZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZ Kookoo Kookooding dong ding dong...
    dong ding ding dong!!...
     choogochoogo... meow woof woof
          
     Dad is sleeping.
    He can't hear
     the cuckoo clock,
    (it is midnight)
    the chimes of
    Big Ben,

      a steam train that goes
    choo choo,

     a cat that meows, a dog that barks,
    bang!  ahhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrcrash! tocotoco.../ dubdubdub... neeeeee
     
      a car accident, a screech of tires  
    a second car that crashes into
     the first one,
    the noise of a helicopter, a horse that neighs,
     Moo Bawk bawk bawk bawk Baaaaaa Oink oink arr arr arr  (hee haw )
     
     a cow that moos,
     a hen that clucks,
     a sheep that baas,
     a pig that grunts,
     an ass that brays.
     And now... waaaaaaaaaaa ding dong ding dong ding dong knock knock,knock zzz zzzz zzz
     
     the baby is crying, the doorbell is ringing, somebody is knocking at the door and Dad is still snoring!!!!



    onomatopoeic verbs

     to bubble  to drop  to gurgle  to sizzle  to whirl 
     to click / to clack  to flutter  to kick to splash  to whisper 
     to crack  to gasp  to pop  to tinkle  to vroom 
     to crackle  to grumble  to rustle  to whip  to zip 

    Interjections / exclamatory words

     
     achoo!  boo!  huh!  gosh! hush! / shh!  oops! 






    ouch! phew! wow! yuck! yum-yum! 


    Uses of onomatopoeia

     Poem

     Camping

      Crack! Crack!
      The fire crackles under the stars.
      Sizzle! Sizzle!
      The water sizzles above the fire.
      Crunch! Crunch!
      The campers crunching on potato chips.
      Click! Clack! Click! Clack!
      The tent poles clicking and clacking together.
      Rustle! Rustle!
      As we prepare our sleeping bags to go to sleep.
      Chirp! Chirp!
      The crickets say, “good-night”.


     Comic books
    Image

     Painting
      Whaam! (1963) by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein




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    Choose the right word.
    I'll never eat grilled caterpillars.
    I have burnt the chicken! What will we have for dinner?
    ...I've just been stung by a wasp!
    I have finally finished all my holiday homework.

    Don't make any noise; the baby is sleeping!


    Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages.
    A Romanian horse says 'ni-ha-ha', an English one says .
    In Spain, ducks go 'cua-cua'. In England, they go
    When my nephew Stuart hears I hear it as 'cocorico'.
    In Japan a sheep goes 'meh-meh', in Sweden it goes 'beee-beee', a British one says
    Can you guess which animal goes 'ssss' in almost all languages?


    When you enter the little shop, bells in the doorway.

    Five fat sausages in a pan: one goes 'pop', the other goes 'bang'.

    During the St Jean festivities, hundreds of fires across the Roussillon plain.
    Through the window, I can see sparrows that and peck at the bird feeder.
    In autumn, when the wind blows, the leaves fall and to the ground.









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