Posted by: balladofyoko | November 15, 2006

Words From Childhood 4.10

Today’s words : chokochoko and burabura

I seem to have forgotten to post a childhood word last month, so I’m writing about two this time.

Many of the words my mom used that involved movement were often accompanied by her acting it out in a comical way. Chokochoko, an onomatopoeic word that describes toddling about, would have my mom taking tiny baby steps, a little to the left, a little to the right. Burabura on the other hand, means shuffling about lazily, and involved swinging her arms back and forth, twisting her hips.

My mom actually has a whole repertoire of these, but I can’t quite remember all of the corresponding actions to the words. Needless to say, she’s very animated when she speaks.

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  1. You should make films of your mom saying theses things and acting them out.

  2. Yeah, I thought about filming her, but I’m not sure how I’d do it. I don’t think I can just say “act out such-and-such,” and she’d do it. I think her movements just come up naturally and somewhat unconsciously in conversation. But I’ll think on it some more.


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