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I mentioned to a Japanese chat friend that I liked music after he asked me what I liked. He then typed ほおほお. Does it mean something similar to I see? Thanks.

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「ほおほお」 is an interjection used when one is impressed or surprised. It roughly means "Oh, is that right?"

The dictionary spelling is 「ほうほう」 or just 「ほう」.

https://jisho.org/word/%E3%81%BB%E3%81%86

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「ほおほお」or「ほうほう」is used to represent the sound that Japanese people sometimes make to express that they are listening to the other person or understanding what he/she said. It is something like "uh-huh," but it is informal and isn't used when they are talking with a superior or older person.

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