What does Doki Doki mean?

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“Doki doki” is an expression or onomatopoeia in Japanese that means “heartbeat” or “thrilled”. It can be used to describe a feeling of excitement or nervousness.

In Japanese pop culture, "doki doki" is used widely in anime, manga, and games, often to describe a character's emotion in a tense or exciting situation.

One might say that a game is “doki doki” if it is very fun or exciting to play. A character can say "doki doki" while in a romance situation or while facing a challenge or danger.

On the internet, “doki doki” is a term commonly used in online fandoms and memes. It is often associated with anime or manga characters that are particularly cute and adorable.

It is also common to see images or videos that show a character's heartbeat, usually accompanied by the expression "doki doki".

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How to translate Doki Doki?

Although many see Doki Doki as a simple onomatopoeia, the word can be an adverb or a verb. Its use is quite frequent and different from the onomatopoeias used in the West.

The word Doki Doki can be translated as:

  • Thump-thump;
  • bang-bang;
  • pit-a-pat;
  • pitapat;
  • pitter-patter;
  • Hit fast;;
  • pulse;
  • to knock;
  • throb

Doki Doki despite being an onomatopoeia, it can be used as a verb -suru「する」 to say that the person got emotional or got excited, or with heart jumping.

Despite being a frequent and commonly used word, it is classified in JLPT N2. There is also a synonym for this onomatopoeia which is 「どきんどきん」 Dokin Dokin.

When can someone say Doki Doki?

Asuna is a strong and determined character, but she can also be very emotional. She can say "doki doki" while facing danger or when she is in love with her partner Kirito.

Kaguya Sama's Chika is a very cute and adorable character, and it's common for her to get emotional at fun times. She might say "doki doki" when she's feeling happy or nervous.

Nagato Yuki is a very serious and reserved character, but can also say "doki doki" when facing a challenge or when feeling nervous or anxious.

Arima Kousei is a talented young pianist, but he is also very emotional. He might say "doki doki" when he's feeling nervous before a concert or when he's feeling emotional for someone special.

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Japanese sentences with the word 「ドキドキ」

Below are some example sentences that use the Japanese expression doki doki:

This game is very exciting, isn't it?

「このゲーム、ドキドキするよね。」 
Kono geemu, doki doki suru yo ne.

When he confessed to me, I was very emotional.

「彼が私を告白したとき、私はドキドキしました。」
 Kare ga watashi o kokuhaku shita toki, watashi wa doki doki shimashita

This movie is really exciting

「この映画、本当にドキドキするよ。」 
Kono eiga, hontou ni doki doki suru yo.

I'm always thrilled when I go out with her.

「彼女とデートするのは、いつもドキドキするよ。」 
Kanojo to deeto suru no wa, itsumo doki doki suru yo.

This park is always full of people, so I get really emotional.

「このパーク、いつも人がいっぱいで、ドキドキするよ。」 
Kono paaku, itsumo hito ga ippai de, doki doki suru yo.

I always get emotional when I think about her

「彼女のことを考えると、いつもドキドキするんだ。」
Kanojo no koto o kangaeru to, itsumo doki doki suru n da.

This restaurant serves really wonderful food, so I'm always thrilled.

「このレストラン、本当に素晴らしい料理を出すから、いつもドキドキするよ。」 
Kono resutoran, hontou ni subarashii ryouri o dasu kara, itsumo doki doki suru yo.

When he asked me to marry him, I was really excited.

「彼が私にプロポーズしたとき、私は本当にドキドキしました。」 
Kare ga watashi ni puropoozu shita toki, watashi wa hontou ni doki doki shimashita.

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