Animal Sounds in Spanish and Speaking Like the Animals
- Author: Adam Floyd Oct 08, 2017,
Oct 08, 2017, 6:57
If a cow says "moo" in English, what does she say in Spanish? Mu , of course. But, when we are talking about the sounds that animals make, it is not always that simple. Although the words we give to animal sounds are an example of onomatopoeia (onomatopeya in Spanish), meaning words that are intended to imitate sounds, those sounds are not perceived the same in all languages or cultures. A Frog Makes a Different Sound
For example, take the lowly frog, who says "ribbit" when he is in the United States.
According to a language Catherine Ball of the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, the source of much of the information in this article, if you take that same frog to France, he will say "coa-coa." Take the frog to Korea, and he will say "gae-gool-gae-gool ." In Argentina, he says "berp!"
Terms Vary by Country and Culture
Below, you will find a chart that details the sounds that some animals make in Spanish, the corresponding verbs forms where they exist (in parentheses) and its English equivalents. Keep in mind that some of these terms can vary by country and that there may well be other additional terms in use. Having a variation of other terms should not be surprising, as in the English language we use a variety of words such as "bark," "bow-wow," "ruff-ruff" and "arf" . Also, note that in Spanish it is possible to use the verb to do to put a sound in verb form. For example, one could say "the pig oinks" by saying "pig makes oink-oink".