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

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    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].

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

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    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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    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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    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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    Not even a palpable hit intended.

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