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Help what says an animal in your language?
Posted January 7th, 2013 - 3:06 pm by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)

I have this idea (which sounds probably a bit crazy) of collecting (and publishing....) a list of animalsounds around the world. For example, why says a frog in Holland 'kwaak' and in English 'rabit' and in Japanese 'gero gero'? Or why says a pig 'knor knor' in Holland, but in Germany 'oink oink'? While it's just the neighbour country!

Basically, it's the same animal but as soon as you cross a border it's saying something different (at least, that's how humans hear it). Sounds strange, doesn't it?

So the question is, can you help me with the sounds from your country/language? So a real animal sound / language exchange!

I'll give it a start with Dutch, to set an example. Hopefully more people will follow and can copy/paste this list of animals and write down what they say.

Cat: miauw
Dog: woef
Chicken: tok tok
Rooster: kukeleku
Pig: knor knor
Cow: boe
Donkey: iaah
Bird: tjirp tjirp / twiet twiet
Horse: hinnik
Duck: kwaak
Snake: sssss
Rabbit: snif snif
Goat: bee
Fish: blub
Owl: oehoe
Bee: bzzz
Mice: piep piep
Lion/tiger: grauw

Hope we can get a lot of languages!:) Please copy/paste the complete list of animals, so it will be as complete as possible with the sounds and languages!