What are some onomatopoeia in different languages

How dogs bark in different languages

Canine Language Communication bark translation
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Almost all dogs bark. Science has shown that virtually all dogs can understand the bark of other dogs, regardless of where they come from. However, the way people hear these barks depends on the language they speak and the culture in which they live. We humans often try to pass the noises of dogs barking on to other people when we tell stories with common noises like "woof woof". We write these word sounds down too, especially in comics where a dog says "arf-arf" or in children's books where we may suggest a dog barking, "bow-wow".

Linguists would tell you that the words we use to represent dog barking are based on onomatopoeia. This is the process by which we try to characterize a real sound with a word that sounds something like that. Some common examples of onomatopoeia are hissing, buzzing, and popping.

I suppose when I published my list of words used to say "dog" in about 250 different languages ​​[click here to see this list] it was inevitable that people would start writing to me to ask if dogs spoke different languages. Many of the questions apparently dealt with how people hear or interpret the sounds of dogs barking when they asked questions such as, "Is the word" shot "used for dog barking in all other languages?"

The answer is that there is no universally accepted sound that people use to represent dog barks. Even in a single language, there can be a number of different words used for a dog's bark. For example, we recognize "woof-woof", "arf-arf", "ruff-ruff" and "bow-wow" in English. "Many languages ​​also have different words for the barking of large and small dogs, so" yip-yip "or" yap-yap "is used in English for small dogs barking sounds, never for large dogs. The only thing that is almost unanimous What seems to be agreed about dog barking is that dogs almost always speak twice - a Hebrew dog says "hav-hav", a Japanese dog says "wan-wan" and a Kurdish dog says "hau-hau".

Over the years I have collected over 100 dog bark words from more than 60 different languages. To answer the question of how dogs bark in different languages ​​(at least as far as their human listeners are concerned), I decided to give you a look at my collection. The list is alphabetical by language and is presented in the format "Language → Words Used for Dog Barking", with the word for a dog barking phonetically, or at least phonetically, when I hear the word when it hears it is spoken (except American Sign Language, or ASL, which obviously has no phonetic equivalent). If any of you know any additional dog barking words in other languages ​​that I may have overlooked, or notice entries that I may have mispronounced (or mispronounced), please send them to me and I'll edit the list accordingly.

Language → words used for dog barking

Afrikaans → blaf-blaf; woef-woef; keff-keff (small dogs)

Albanian → Ham and Ham

American Sign Language (ASL) → Both closed fists hold together horizontally and hold the fingers towards each other. Quickly open your fists to reveal the fingers twice.

Arabic → hau-hau; how how

Armenian → summer-summer

Balinese → Kong-Kong

Basque → au-au (any dog); small dogs; Zaunk-Zaunk (large dogs); Jau-Jau (old dogs)

Belgians → wooah-wooah (if you think that Tintin dog Snowy is typical)

Bengali → Gheu-Gheu; Bhao-bhao

Bulgarian → Smells; jaff-jaff

Burmese → woke up-woke up

Catalan → Smells; bub-bub

Chinese-Cantonese → where-where; Wow wow; wong-wong

Chinese Mandarin → Wang-Wang

Croatian → Wow-Wow

Czech → haf-haf; hoof-hoof (large dogs); niaf-niaf (small dogs)

Danish → vov-vov; vuf-vuf

Dutch → blaf-blaf; woef-woef; Waf-Waf (small dogs); kef-kef (very small dogs)

English → woof-woof; Ruff; arf-arf; Bow wow; Yap-Yap (small dogs); Yip-Yip (very small dogs

Esperanto → boj-boj

Estonian → auh-auh; and also

Finnish → hau-hau; vuh-vuh

French → Wouaff-Wouaff; Yes / Yes; whou-whou; vaf-vaf; bark (little dog)

German → Wuff-Wuff; Vows vows

Greek → Ghav-Ghav

Hebrew → hav-hav; haw-haw-how-how

No → bow-bow

Hungarian → vows, wow-wow

Icelandic → voff-voff

Indonesian → guk-guk; Gong gong

Irish → amh-amh

Italian → smells; arf-arf

Japanese → Wan-Wan; increasingly

Korean → Mung-Mung; money

Kurdish → hau-hau

Latvian → Wow-Wow

Lebanese → haw-haw

Lithuanian → au-au

Macedonian → aus-aus

Malay → Gong-Gong

Marathi → bhu-bhu; bho-bho

Nigerians (Calabar area) → Wai-Wai

Norwegian → voff-voff; boff-boff; Grandma-grandma

Persian → Vogh-Vogh; snap schnap; bad bad

Polish → hau-hau

Portuguese → au-au

Romanian → ham-ham; hau-hau

Russian → gav-gav; tuck-tuck; Sea-sea; tyav-tyav (small dogs)

Serbian → off-off

Sinhala → buh-buh

Slovak → haf-haf; hau-hau

Slovenian → hov-hov

Spanish → wow-wow; Impressive Jau-Jau

Swedish → voff-voff; vov-vov

Tagalog → ow; fun Fun

Tamil → whale-whale, bow-bow, lol-lol

Thai → Hong-Hong

Turkish → hev-hev; hav-hav

Ukrainian → hau-hau; haf-haf; dzyau-dzyau

Urdu → bow bow

Vietnamese → Gau-Gau; Woof woof; the ... the

Welsh → wff-wff

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