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    baby's crying sound?

    I think each country, each language's onamaetopoeia are all different from one another. For example, we Koreans perceive cow's crying sound as "um mae", while in English, "moo", for dogs, Korean - "mung mung", English - "Bao Bao", for cats, Korean- "yayong", English -"miao miao", etc. So I carefully watched Korean dogs' sounds and it didn't sound like "mung mung", so it seems that it all depends on listeners' perception. But when my son was a baby, I couldn't deny his crying sound "ung ae, ung ae", which is exactly what Korean describes.

    What is the counterpart in English for "ung ae, ung ae" in Korean?

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    A baby crying is just "waaaaaaaa."

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    A better class of baby goes "waaaaaaah".

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    No matter what sound they make, I cover my ears and leave the room. The only words I would use to describe it are annoying, irritating, infuriating ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No matter what sound they make, I cover my ears and leave the room. The only words I would use to describe it are annoying, irritating, infuriating ...
    Had a difficult childhood, ems?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Had a difficult childhood, ems?
    Can't remember. Couldn't hear it over the crying!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    Oh, sorry teachers!!! I should have been more specific. I meant new-born babies like 1-3 moths not like 12months or over. This sound is made by new-born babies, and that would be different from "waaaaah".

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    Re: baby's crying sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Oh, sorry teachers!!! I should have been more specific. I meant new-born babies like 1-3 moths not like 12months or over. This sound is made by new-born babies, and that would be different from "waaaaah".
    No. Babies who are native criers of English, whether they are one, three or thirteen months old utter the sound 'waaaaa(h)'.

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