Ouaf! Ouaf! What Animals Say Around the World
When you walk down the streets of Paris, the Poodle prancing in the promenade doesn't say "Woof! Woof!" She barks, "Oauf! Ouaf!"
It's the same idea with the rooster waking everyone up in Madrid -- his "cock-a-doodle-doo!" is "¡quiquiriquí!"
A recent article from Care2.com, "What Does a Cat Say In Japanese? In French? In Greek?" got us thinking: The words we use to describe what animals say are usually onomatopoeic, but not every language interprets these sounds the same way. Take pigs for example, they make vastly different noises around the world. In English, pigs oink, but in Japanese, they say, "Būbū."
So, if you're planning any international trips, or even if you're just a lover of languages, we've got a handy guide to what our furry and feathered friends are saying across the world. We've employed Google Translator and, of course, a few online language dictionaries to help determine the sounds.
And yes, we highly encourage you to practice saying these sounds out loud at the top of your lungs.
|English: Woof||English: Quack||English: Oink|
|Chinese: Wāng (wang)||Chinese: Gāgā (koo koo)||Danish: Øf (oof)|
|French: Ouaf (woof)||French: Coin-Coin (kwe-kwe)||Japanese: Būbū (boo boo)|
|Korean: meong (mung)||Italian: Qua Qua (kwa-kwa)||Russian: Khryu (heh-roo)|
|Spanish: Guau (wou)||Spanish: Cuac Cuac (kwak)||Swedish: Nöff Nöff (nuhf nuhf)|
|English: Meow||English: Cock-a-doodle-doo||English: Baa|
|French: Miaou (myou)||French: Cocorico (koh-koh-ree-ko)||German: Mäh (meh)|
|Japanese: Nyā (nyaa)||Italian: Chicchirichì (kee-keeree-kee)||Japanese: Mē (may)|
|Korean: Yaong (yawng)||Japanese: Kokekokkō (ko-kay-ke-koh)||Korean: Maemae (maymay)|
|Spanish: Miau (mee-ou)||Spanish: Quiquiriquí (kee-keery-kee)||Swedish: Bä (bah)|
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