New Delhi: We all know that a pig says â€œoinkâ€ and a cow says â€œmoo,â€ right? Well, thatâ€™s true if you live in North America and you speak English.
But what if you are in other countries? Do animals say different things?
It turns out, animal sounds are very different depending on the language and the country.
For instance, while in English we would say that cats go â€œmeow,â€ in Japanese they go â€œnyan.â€ And while in English a chicken goes â€œcluck cluck,â€ in German it goes â€œtok tokâ€ and in Italian it goes â€œcoccodÃ©â€ and in Spanish it goes â€œcaca-raca.â€
Can animals speak more than one language? Of course not. But these are the ways that people who speak other languages interpret the same animal sounds and write them down.
Derek Abbott is a researcher working at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has come up with what he says is the worldâ€™s biggest multilingual (more than one language) list of animal sounds.
Here are some more:
English: quack quack |French: coin coin |Greek: pa-pa-pa
English: neigh |Japanese: hi-hiin |Russian: i-go-go
English: gobble gobble |French and Greek: glou glou |Turkish: glu glu
English: snap |Italian: gnam
English: buzz | German: sum sum | Japanese: boon boon |Russian zh-zh-zh |Greek: zoum zoum |Turkish: vizzz
The sounds are also different depending on what the animal is doing. For instance, in English a cat can â€œmeowâ€ or it can â€œpurr.â€ A small dog barking might say â€œyap yapâ€ whereas a bigger dog might say â€œwoofâ€ or â€œbow wow.â€