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bang 

ting1tang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

bang  (can refer to a firecracker)

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ting1tong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

bang, boom 

hong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

bang 

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pa1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

sound of falling and breaking -- bang  (many different ways of saying this according to family tradition -- common characters to be used in writing are shown, but spoken expression varies)

qi1chikua1cha1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

bang 

pang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

blowing, whhooo 

hu1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

puffing and blowing, poof, whoosh 

hu1chi1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

burst  (sound of crying, vomiting)

wa1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

chirp, twitter  (sound of birds)

ߴ ߴ

ji1ji1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

chirp, twitter, chirrup, girl's chatter  (also written as ߴ ߴ )

ji1jizha1zha1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

chirp, chirr, creak  (sound of a door)

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zhi1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

clang, snap  code missing

qi1chika1cha1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremySarah GAnn

clang 

qiang1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

clank, clang 

zheng1zheng1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

click of a seatbelt = click 

ka1

Zhao HeZhang JingLi ZhenMi ZhaoxiZhang LiChu Lin
AnselLynnAustinAnnDawn

click, snap of camera  (snap of pencil breaking)

ka1cha1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

click of heels on the floor, falling plastic object like a pen  (sound of boots on a floor)

ge1deng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

sound of click 

ka1da1

Zhao HeZhang MengLi ZhenMi ZhaoxiZhang LiFeng Xi
KarenMichael

clip-clop, clack 

gua1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

clop 

kua1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

sound of a car braking  (mechanical sound -- also used for the crack of knuckles)

ga1

Zhang NingZhang JingZhang MengGu
TerryGlison

crack, snap  (unsnapping jacket -- not snap of fingers)

cha1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

crack  (sound of a rifle)

ƹ

ping1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

crack, snap  (like the crack of a pencil broken between the fingers)

ga1ba1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

crack, clap 

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pi1pa1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

crack, snap  (like the crack of knuckles)

ga1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

crackle and splutter 

ž

pi1lipa1la1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

thump  (book falling on lap)

kuang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

thump  (book falling on lap)

kuang1dang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

sound of crash, bang  (wind blows the door shut -- bang!)

kuang1

Zhao HeZhang MengLi ZhenMi ZhaoxiZhang LiFeng Xi
KarenMichael

crash  (sound of a wall or something falling down)

hua1la1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

crash, bang 

kuang1lang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

crash  (rare)

ž

pa1la1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

crash, clatter  (dropping silverware all over the floor)

ž

pa1cha1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

creak  (sound of things under heavy weight)

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ga1zhi1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

creak 

ѽ

ya1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

creak 

֨

ge1zhi1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

ding-dong, jingle 

ding1lingdang1lang

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

ding-dong, jingle 

ding1dong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

ding-dong, jingle 

ding1dang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

ding-dong, jingle  code missing

ting1lingtang1lang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

ding-a-ling, jingle 

ding1ling1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

drone, buzz, hum  (sound of airplanes)

weng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

flip, clop  code missing

̤

ti1ta1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

flip-flap 

̤

ti1li1ta1la1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

flop, thump, splash, pit-a-pat 

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pu1tong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

gurgle  (louder water over bigger rocks)

cong2cong2

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

bubble, gurgle 

gu1du1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

toot, honk, busy signal 

du1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

water leak 

di1li1la1da1

Zhang JingSun JingsuJin YanShao Jingxian
AnselLynnAustinAnnDawn

murmur, purr, babble  (water going over rocks quietly -- a river murmur, a purr of a fine automobile)

chan2chan2

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesDavid

patter, clatter 

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pa1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

pit-a-pat, chug  (sound of the heart, of motorboats)

ͻ ͻ

tu1tu1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

pitter-pat, pattering  (of raindrops)

di1lida1la1

Jessie WangZhang MengLi ZhenCao HuiChu LinWang Jun
FredApril

pitter pat 

ba1 da1 ba1 da1

Li DiChu LinChu LinCao HuiWang JunShu Chang
SarahJulieRoryLennie

rattle 

ƹ

ping1pang1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremySarah GAnn

rattle 

ge1ge1 sheng1

Wang YongDa DiZhang JingGao MingjiangCao LihuaWei Xing
CricketAustinNick

The drums rolled. 

¡ ¡

Gu3 sheng1 long2long2.

Wang YongDa DiGao MingjiangCao Lihua
AprilJamesBrian

The thunder rolled in the distance. 

Զ ¡ ¡

Yuan3chu4 lei2sheng1 long2long2.

Wang YongFeng XieLin QingGao MingjiangCao Lihua
AprilJamesBrian

thump-thump, drum beat 

dong1dong1

Wang YongZhang JingLin QingGao MingjiangCao LihuaWei Xing
AprilJamesBrian

rumble  (thunder, big truck)

¡ ¡

long2long2

Zhao HeZhang LiZhang MengZhang JingZheng LeiWang Jun
KarenFredAllen

rumble, rattle, roll  (sound of thunder, etc.)

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gu1long1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

rumble, roll, building falling down 

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heng1long1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

rustle  (of winds)

ɪ ɪ

se4se4

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

rustle, stream down  (of leaves, of tears streaming down)

su4su4

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

swish, rustle 

ˢ

shua1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

rustle  (the sound of fabric, paper etc.)

ɳ ɳ

sha1sha1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

the strike of a match - tsaaa 

ca1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

snap, sound of breaking, snapping  (the crack of thunder, a person falling down, snap of camera -- different character)

ka1cha1

Da DiZhang MengJin YanDa Di
CricketAprilMichael

snap, sound of breaking, snapping  (the crack of thunder, a person falling down, snap of camera)

ka1cha1

Da DiZhang MengJin YanDa Di
CricketAprilMichael

crash, tearing of paper --- chchchshshewew 

ci1la1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

snap 

kaba

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

spatter, fine spray 

ci1

Zhang JingWang JunWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

sound of splashing water 

pi1chipu1chi1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremySarah GAnn

squeak, creak, prattle, babble 

ѽ

yi1ya4

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

squelch 

ߴ

gu1ji1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

squelch  (this is the more popular choice of character -- see ba1ji1)

ba1ji1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

sound of running water 

ϡ

xi1lihua1la1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

swish 

shua1la1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremySarah GAnn

thump, thud 

deng1deng1

Zhang MengLi Yu ZhengLi ZhenWei XingZhang JingWang Jun
KarenAllen

thud, splash, plump 

gu1dong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

thump, bang 

beng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

click  (two magnets coming together)

ka1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

thump, thud 

pu1teng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

thump, pit-a-pat 

peng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

tic-toc, pitter-pat 

di1di1da1da1

Jessie WangZhang MengLi ZhenCao HuiZhang JingWang Jun
FredApril

tick-tock 

di1da1

Jessie WangZhang MengLi ZhenCao HuiZhang JingWang Jun
FredApril

tick 

di1li1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

tick-tock, pitter-pat 

di1di1da1da1

Jessie WangZhang MengLi ZhenCao HuiZhang JingWang Jun
FredApril

tick, ticktack, ticktock 

di1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

tinkle, ding-dong 

dang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

tinkle, ding-dong 

dang1lang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

tinkle, ding-dong 

dang1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

tinkle  (sound)

ding1dong1

Zhang NingZhang JingZhang MengGuWang JunWei Xing
CricketAprilMichael

toot  (sound of bugles)

wu1rwa1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

toot, hoot, zoom, wheee  (applies to human excitement -- a ride at amusement park -- wheee)

wu1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

sound of an alarm clock = brrrring, brrring 

ding1ling1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of an automobile = mmmmmmm, hummm 

eng1

Shao DanniWang JunChu LinFeng Xie
Stephan

sound of a balloon popping = lips popping = smack 

bang4

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of a broken auto = clank clang veroush bang ahhhh 

ka1keng1

Shao DanniWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of a buzzer = ZZZZ ZZZZ ZZZZ harsh 

weng1weng1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of a car alarm = waaa waaa waaa waaa 

wen1rwa1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

squeak of door = squeak 

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zhi1niu1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
Stephan

sound of a fan = whoooo 

weng1weng1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of fireworks = bangbangbangbang 

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pi1pa1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of gears shifting = like race car 

eng1'eng2

Shao DanniWang JunChu LinFeng Xie

bang bang 

bang1bang1

Da DiWang JunSun JingsuWei XingZhang Jing
Stephan

sound of a phone = rrrrring rrrrring rrrrring 

ling1ling1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

sound of a siren = ouuuuu ouuuuu ouuuuu 

di1du1

Zhang JingWang JunChu LinLiu Mingke
Stephan

sound of a snap = snap of fingers 

ga1beng1

Shao DanniWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

fall in mud, kesplash 

ba1ji1

Da DiWang JunSun JingsuWei XingZhang Jing
Stephan

squish = squiiishhhh 

pu1chi1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
Stephan

bang, thump = thuummp 

peng1

Shao DanniWang JunChu LinWei Xing
Stephan

water drops -- ping ping ping 

ba1da1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

glug, glug, glug -- or a stone thrown in water  (sound of drinking water, or throwing a stone into water)

dong1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

whirring  (of wings)

pu1leng1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

sound of slipping and falling, (of bullets) whistle 

ci1liu1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
CherieJamesGlisonDavid

whistle  (sound of bullets)

si1

Zhang JingWang JunSun JingsuWei Xing
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G

whizz  (sound of cars)

sou1

Zhang JingWang JunZheng HaotianLiu Weihong
JeremyLynnAnnSarah G




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