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In different countries, people speak different languages. That includes onomatapoeia, as I learned in high-school Japanese. Apparently dogs go, “Wan! Wan!” Stupid Japanese people. Dogs go, “Woof! Woof!” This is why you lost the war. NationMaster (which is pretty cool) has a list of different onomatapoeia from around the world for the sound a cock makes. Cock.

The list is below, but that’s not the point of this post. I have found something very much cooler. Quack Project has mp3s of little kids from around the world doing their locally flavoured impression of farm-animal noises. In addition to being fascinating, it is also four times as cute as a button. And it’s not just the language filters on the ears. Animals, like cows and birds, actually have different accents depending on where they’re from.

Here’s the list:

  • Arabic – KooKooKoo-koo
  • Chinese – goh-geh-goh-goh
  • Dutch – kukeleku
  • French – cocorico
  • German – kikeriki
  • Greek – kikiriku
  • Hebrew – ku-ku-ri-ku
  • Italian – chicchirichì
  • Japanese – ko-ke kokkoh
  • Korean – k’ok’iyo
  • Polish – kukuryku
  • Portuguese – Cócórócócó
  • Russian – ku-ka-rye-ku
  • Spanish – kikiriki
  • Swahili – KokoRikoo koo
  • Swedish – kuckeliku
  • Gujarati – kuk-de-kuk

1 Comment Cock

  1. domstersch

    There’s an interesting review of the “cows have regional accents” story over at Language Log:
    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003493.html
    It seems pretty clear it’s terrible science reporting by the BBC.

    My favourite Japanese onomatopoeia is their sound for boiling water. “Schucka-schucka-schucka” I’d render it. The Japanese person I was talking to was quite surprised I didn’t know what they were referring to.

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