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    Sounds made by animals

    You would have thought that animals sound the same the world over, as they don't speak any languages that we know of.

    Imagine my surprise when I was confronted with a group of Scandinavians who didn't know that

    Pigs go Oink Oink

    Ducks go Quack Quack

    Cows go Moo

    And hens go Cluck Cluck.

    You will understand if I don't try and spell what they said they did.

    What do your animals say?


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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Being a Fellow Brit. My animals say the same!

    Well, in reality, its quite obvious that none of those animals actaully make those noises.
    But if I was asked what noises they made, rather than try and attempt the actaul noise, I would reply "Cluck" or "Moo".
    Perhaps overseas they prefer to make more realistic noises!


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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Hi,
    Onomatopoeias are different in every language.
    In Russian
    the cow says [mu:]
    the cock - [kukare`ku:]
    the hen -[koko`ko]
    the cat -[miau]
    the duck - [kria-`kria]
    the dog - [gav-`gav]
    the horse - [igo`go:]
    the pig -[hriu-`hriu]
    the sparrot [chi`rik-chi`rik]
    the crow - [karr]
    a snoring man -[hrrrr]
    a sneeze -[apch `hi!]
    trembling with cold - [brrr]
    Cheers

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Try this site, Sounds of the World's Animals. It's fun!

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
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    the cock - [kukare`ku:]
    the hen -[koko`ko]
    Interesting. In Portugal they mix these two together:
    a cock goes [kɔkɔrɔ'kɔ] and a hen goes [kakara'ka].

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    trembling with cold - [brrr]
    Cheers
    At least English agrees about this: I suppose with human noises there's more likely to be agreement between languages.

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    trembling with cold - [brrr]
    I wonder if Inuits say Brrr.

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Hi

    Romanians say "brr" when it`s too cold, as well.

    dog - hau [as in "how"]
    cat - miau
    sparrow - cirip
    cock - cucurigu
    cow -muu [as in "moo"]
    sheep -bee
    frog -oac
    pig- guit[ it reads "guitz"]
    duck- mac


    The words are read as they are written.

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    suppose with human noises there's more likely to be agreement between languages.
    I dunno- we say 'ow/ouch', many Europeans say 'ai' and Japanese would be more likely to say 'ita/itaii', so the sound must come from conditioning, not nature.

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Well, I said 'more likely to' - so I was covering my bases - if I'd thought, I'd have realized there are lots of counter-examples. But I still think that there will be more similarities in onomatopoeia re human noises than re animal noises - although as you point out there are lots of differences.

    Touché, but not a mortal blow.

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    Re: Sounds made by animals

    Not even a palpable hit intended.

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