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Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Pot-Bouille, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Pot-Bouille Senior Member


    I was wondering if the phrase 鼻をぐずぐずいわせる(to sniffle) could be used to describe someone snorting in his/her sleep.

    The scene I'm reading is describing a mother crying by her dead husband, while her son is sitting in a corner of the room.

    -- (...) I cut a long part of the text describing the mother --
    -- (...) once again, I cut a long part of the text describing the mother --

    Given the 2 first sentences, I get the sense that the little boy finally fell asleep and is snorting but I'm afraid I might be misunderstanding.
    Is he perhaps "sniffling"because he's crying ?

    Thanks a lot for your help !
  2. Tonky Senior Member

    I don't think so. ぐずぐずいわせる is either when he has cold or he was/is crying and got some water in his nose.
    For snorting, I cannot find a good onomatopoeia, but something like 「ごーごー」 or 「ガーガー」 followed by 「~といびきをかく」.
    If his snorting is rather quieter and calm, then 「すーすー」と寝息をたてる would fit here.
    (「ふんがー」「すーぴー」 and some more unique ones appear a lot in manga for snorting sounds.)

    Maybe this.
  3. Pot-Bouille Senior Member

    Thanks a lot for your help !

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