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Making Sense of Grammar
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Onomatopoeic words by definition imitate natural sounds, and Chinese,

like other languages, has its own conventions regarding their formulation:

喔喔喔

wō wō wō

cock-a-doodle-doo!

哗哗哗

huá huá huá

the gurgling (of a stream)

隆隆

lónglóng

the rumble of thunder

嘭嘭

pēng pēng

knock! knock! (on a door)

噗通

pū tōng

plop! (into water)

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dī dī dá dá

drip! drip! (of water)

嘀嗒嘀嗒

dī dā dī dā

tick! tock! (of a clock)

汪汪

wāng wāng

woof! woof! (of a dog)

喵喵

miāo miāo

miaow! (of a cat)

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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