Can anyone enlighten me as to the difference between 跳ぶ and 跳ねる? Both mean ‘to jump’.
跳ぶ (tobu) is pronounced differently to 跳ねる (haneru), which leads me to believe they are used for different things rather than being exact synonyms or just different ways of writing/saying the same thing.
Googling some English language answers has proven unfruitful. So I turned to Google images.
跳ぶ, which is pronounced the same as 飛ぶ (which means ‘to fly’) had pictures of people jumping through the air. Whereas 跳ねる had pictures of rabbits.
Should I infer from this that 跳ぶ is ‘to jump’ as in ‘to leap through the air’, whereas 跳ねる is ‘to jump’ as in ‘to move though a series of hops or bounds’ without significant air?
For example, a rabbit might be 跳ねる-ing until it suddenly has to jump from a small ledge, in which case it initiates a 跳ぶ? In English, that would be like ‘a hopping rabbit leapt from the small ledge’.
Can someone familiar with this distinction please either confirm or correct my suspicions?