Word-of-the-Day Wednesday: Onomatopoeia!

Each Wednesday, we’ll try to post a word or phrase in one of our new languages (Slovak and Romani) that will give you a glimpse into the place we’re living.

There are so many interesting things about learning a new language, but one most fascinating at the beginning is the onomatopoetic words.  Most of you remember from 5th grade that these are words we use to describe or imitate certain sounds – some examples in English include “zip,” “buzz” and “drip,” along with many animal sounds.

While we generally think of these sounds as being universal, they are not – in fact, ordinary sounds are heard quite differently in different cultures.  For example, below are some sounds as Slovaks pronounce them:

“Hau hau hau!” (pronounced “how”)
“Hapči!” (pronounced “HOP-chee”)
“Klop klop”

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  1. To Jon and Tanya:

    Although I haven’t replied to anything before now, I just want you to know how much I am enjoying your communications with us! We are trying to keep our congregation aware of your missions, trials and experiences. So these are always helpful, and infor- mative! We pray for your purpose and the tenacity that it sometimes takes to make things happen. Terri Shea Huguenot Road Baptist Church Richmond, VA

    1. Thanks, Terri! We’re so glad that HRBC is “with” us in many ways. Thank you for your prayers, and we’ll do our best to keep you posted. 🙂

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