Translating sfx in manga

hey everyone, I plan on reading more manga and was wondering if anyone had a good strategy for translating the sfx.

I virtually know zero of them. while reading, would you look every single sound up or would just do it once in a while?

also do you have any good sites to recommend for looking them up?

any advice would be highly appreciated.

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What you basically need to learn is onomatopoeia. There are a few categories and hundreds of words in total unfortunately, so it definitely won’t be easy.

Here’s an article you can use as an intro:

And another good one from Tofugu

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And here’s a link with a list someone recently posted in the Haikyuu bookclub: Japanese SFX Complete List for Manga
Though you can mostly assume what they mean by the drawing.

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I find this site very helpful:

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Ones that are background sound effects I wouldn’t worry too much about. I’d recommend just looking up ones that catch your interest on occasion. If you look them all up you’ll just drive yourself crazy.

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I’ve always used this resource and find it to be very helpful:

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