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How do your animals sound?

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 6,589 mod
Words, like nouns or verbs, differ in various languages. That is quite obvious. That's just what makes languages different, isn't it?. For example the word for chair is stoel in Dutch, chaise in French, Stuhl in German, καρέκλα in Greek, stolica in Servo-Croat, कुर्सी in Hindi, стул in Russian, krzesło in Polish and 椅子 in Chinese. These words often differ very much, but you would expect the words for the sounds that animals make, to be quite the same in all languages. Animals make the same sounds everywhere, don't they?

Yet it's not true. Although animals seem to make the same sounds in various countries, the words for animal sounds that are used in human languages are quite different. Here you see an example of the word for the sound pigs make in different languages.

What sounds do animals make in your country? What words do you use? Are they the same as the English words or are they different? Try to make a comparison.

These are the words English and Dutch animals make:





  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,589 mod
    I think cock-a-doodle-do is rather talkative @Lynne. The strangest thing is that when a rooster crows, I really hear kukelekuu instead of cock-a-doodle-do. The same counts when i listen to pigs: I hear knor knor. They definitely don't make a sound that sounds like oink oink in my ears, and as for the horse. If it would say neigh, this means no in Dutch. And I don't consider horses to be that negative.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,446 mod
    @korczix - People often ask me whether Laika speaks English or German. I tell them she is bilingual.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,446 mod
    We are trained from a very young age to associate certain sounds to animals:-

  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    sometimes our association with a pet animal/bird is stronger than humans! I felt it once when I lost my parakeet!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,095 ✭✭✭✭
    I have a German friend who has given up working abroad because of her dog, which cannot adapt to being left or living in a strange environment.

    She wanted to come to Nepal last year, but couldn't because of her dog. She's here now, but only for a very short visit, because of the dog. Somehow it seems that the dog has taken over her life.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,589 mod
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,850 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    Actually, our cat isnˋt much talkaktive. I just hear him meowing when he wants me to open the front door or he wants some milk or food. The loudest sound come when Iˋm not fast enough to open him the door.


    Actually, our cat isnˋt very talkative. You only hear him meowing when he wants me to open the front door or he wants some milk or food. The loudest sound comes when Iˋm not fast enough to open the door for him.
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  • zaiymurszaiymurs Posts: 410 ✭✭✭
    Aaa, i don't know this kind of thread exist here before, i like it. Here in my country we made a sound krok krok krok for the chickens, while kruuuuuuuuuuukkkkk a bit longer during feed time.

    Wild board= krohh krohh, if i'm not mistaken Kaspersky anti virus used to the pig sound, kriiikkkk.
    Cow= boooo/mooo
    goat & sheep=beeekk

    but for a cat it's just the same all over this world.
  • arzulitaarzulita Posts: 144 ✭✭✭
    In my country we make sound for dog like haw-haw :D
  • gokergoker Posts: 66 ✭✭
    In Turkey animals sounds are like belows;
    Cat = miyav
    Sheep = mee
    Rooster = ü-ürü-üüüü
    Duck = vak-vak
    Chicken = gıdak-gıdak
    Dog = hav-hav
    Cow = möö
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,589 mod
    This is how animals really sound.
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,850 ✭✭✭✭
    Our tomcat doesnˋt talk much, perhaps because he is a male and those spices often doesnˋt speak much.
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,850 ✭✭✭✭
    ops, a similar post is already here from me.
  • DharmatejaDharmateja Posts: 17 ✭✭
    my pet actually roars lmao.hahahhah
  • ArifaArifa Posts: 30 ✭✭
    These posts are really interesting. I have learned different animal's sound what I haven't even thought of before. I enjoyed all the videos a lot especially same animale's sound in different language.
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