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Doki Doki” (ドキドキ), “Waku Waku” (ワクワク), “Hara Hara” (ハラハラ)

  • I introduced you to two words related to “excitement” in the last two days.


    Today I’d like to talk about three kind of onomatopoeia related to “excitement.”

    These are ドキドキ (doki doki), ワクワク (waku waku), and ハラハラ (hara hara).

    “Doki doki” represents a beat of one’s heart, and it’s used for meaning various types of excitement — anxiety, expectation, and fear.

    “Waku waku” comes from the verb 湧く (waku), which means to well up, and it’s usually used for meaning an excitement of joy or expectation.

    “Hara hara” means an excitement due to a feeling of anxiety, and it’s used when you worry about something.

    ヒヤ (hiya hiya) is used instead of “hara hara.”

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