Onomatopoeia – “擬情語 gijogo” 2

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Minsan konnichiwa,

There are many onomatopoeia in Japanese.
Today I’d like to introduce emotional onomatopoeia (擬情語 Gijogo) words.

1. Uki-uki suru: Happy and in a bouncy mood.
e.g. あしたから夏休みなので、うきうきする。
Ashita kara natsuyasumi nanode, uki-uki suru.
We have summer holidays from tomorrow, so I feel very happy.

2. Sowa-sowa suru:  Restlessness due to anxiety or excitement about something.
e.g. 明日は試験の合格発表なので、そわそわする。
Ashita wa shiken no gookaku happyoo nanode, sowa-sowa suru.
Tomorrow we have  an announcements of test results, so I feel uneasy/jittery.

3. Biku-biku suru: feel nervous or tremble with fear
e.g. 家の前に怖そうな犬がいたので、びくびくしながらその前を通った。
Ie no mae ni kowasoo na inu ga ita node, biku biku shinagara soko o tootta.
Since there was a scary dog in front of a house, I passed through with fear.

When do you “uki-uki”?
最近うきうきしましたか?
Did you feel “uki-uki” lately?

Dewa mata ne!
-Kazue