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Today's LessonCATEGORY: Japanese English
HONK (THE HORN)   クラクションを鳴らす


  • To honk or honk the horn of a vehicle is to cause the car to make a loud sound in order to let someone know that a situation is dangerous, to get their attention, etc. 

    We can also say that a horn honks.

    Be careful:
    We do NOT use the word “klaxon” like the Japanese クラクション to mean horn or honk.。
  • honk  または、honk the horn  は、車などの乗り物から、危険を知らせたり、注意を喚起したりするために大きな音を鳴らす、つまり、クラクションを鳴らす、という意味です。

    horn honks  (クラクションが鳴る)という言い方もあります。

    英語の klaxon は、日本語のように車のクラクションの意味では使われません。


  1. (a passenger in a car after the light turns green)
    Why doesn't the car in front of us go? Honk so he knows the light's changed. 
  2. I was taught that you shouldn't honk your horn unless it's an emergency.
  3. (talking to the police about an accident)
    I heard someone honk their horn for a few seconds, and then there was a loud crash.
  4. (to someone who lives next to a busy street)
    It must be hard to sleep at night with all the horns honking outside.

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