ザワ

11:18 Nov 29, 2009
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Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Linguistics
Japanese term or phrase: ザワ
Written in Manga
Ravi Kumar
India
Local time: 03:30


Summary of answers provided
4humdrum/ crowd noise
David Lettieri
3goose bumps
tomokoparry


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humdrum/ crowd noise


Explanation:
"Zawazawa" (ザワザワ)is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a noisy crowd of people makes. If the given frame in the manga has a picture where such background noise is appropriate, this would be the best translation.

A different interpretation I just found uses zawazawa to describe the crawling of a caterpillar.

Example sentence(s):
  • ざわざわはい回るいも虫:creepy crawly caterpillar
David Lettieri
United States
Local time: 17:00
Native speaker of: English
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goose bumps


Explanation:
Of course it all depends on the context, but since it's not "zawa zawa" but just "zawa", this could be an emotion which is associated with having a bad premonition.

tomokoparry
Local time: 16:00
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
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