Animals Make Different Noises Depending On The Language You're Speaking

Animals Make Different Noises Depending On The Language You're Speaking

Around the world, different languages have their own onomatopoeic interpretations of animal sounds. Many, like the one that a snake makes ("sss") stay pretty constant from language to language. But others vary widely: in Urdu, cows say "baeh" instead of "moo," and Japan is the only place where bees go "boon boon" with nary an "s" or a "z" in sight. Animal sounds can also depend on how important that animal is to a country. For example, English-speakers have many more words for the noise that a dog makes than other places where owning pet dogs isn't as common.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Japanese words never begin with a "kw" sound, so ducks cannot say "quack." (1:01)

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    Hear how French-speakers imitate a pig: (1:34)

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    In Italy, "gnam gnam" is the equivalent of "yum yum." (2:40)

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