Speakin’ Japanese: Talk with the animals

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Speakin’ Japanese: Talk with the animals

by: Tetsuo Nakahara | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 01, 2015

Do you really think chickens make the sound: “cock-a-doodle-doo”?  Come on, I don’t think so. Not in Japan, at least. In Japan, the onomatopoeia, or words people use to imitate animal sounds, are quite different than in America. Here are some animal sounds in Japanese. Try using them the next time you sing “Old McDonald.”

Chicken: Koke kokkoh-

Chick: Piyo piyo

Dog: Wan wan

Cat: Nyao nyao

Mouse: Chuu chuu

Frog: Gecko gecko

Cow: Moh moh

Bird: Chun chun

Pig: Buhi buhi

Sheep: Meeh meeh

Duck: Gah gah

Lion: Gaoh gaoh!

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