Giongo and Gitaigo, and The Economist!

If you’ve ever doubted the relevance of working Giongo and Gitaigo (擬音語・擬態語) into your Japanese study routine, here’s something to motivate you!

TheEconomist with Giongo
TheEconomist with Giongo

The latest cover of The Economist features Mount Fuji with the Giongo, Dokkan! Over the top.

Dokan ドカン is a giongo that is the sound of an explosion, or any other loud BANG. They have written it with a small っ and sound elongating ー for added effect – ドッカーン! Dokkann!!!

For more Japanese Giongo check out our Japanese 101: Giongo and Gitaigo iPhone application!

I love this stuff.

– Harvey