I don’t think we’re going to find a fruit for you today, so I thought I’d talk about something else: animals sounds! I don’t know about you, but whenever animals sounds come up Americans are always made fun of for the rooster noise. “Cock-a-doodle-do” does not sound that weird to me, but then again I am American. In Japan roosters go “kokekokko” and in Colombia they go “kikiriki.” Kind of related, but different enough that if you were imitating barnyard sounds with your friends you need to be using the right one. So let me help you out with some others:
Chicks: (peep/cheep) pío pío
Cow: (moo) muuu
Duck: (quack) cuac cuac
Cricket: (chirp) cri cri
Dog: (bark, woof) guau guau
Cat: (meow) miau
Pigs, sheep, and bees make the same sound in English and Spanish.
Pretty similar in most cases. For some bonus points how about other sound effects? Obviously there are tons of these as well, so here is just a random bunch. Feel free to share more!
Clock: (tick tock) tic, tac
Sneeze: (achoo) Achís
Explosion, or a hit: (bam) Pum
Bell: (clang, dong) tolón tolón
Laughter: (haha) jaja/jeje Really this is mainly a difference of spelling because ‘j’ is pronounced more or less like ‘h’. Still good to know, as it tripped me up for a second in an early text from Manu. :)
Kiss: muá, muac
Glass-tapping-glass: (chink, ting) chin-chin, tintín
Conversation: (blah blah) bla bla
Knocking: (knock) toc toc
Spalshing: (splash) plash Just learned the word chapeteando for puddling/splashing around on a forum and had to share.
Now you can add the appropriate foley noises to your life. If you are interested in more animal sounds in more languages I encountered this chart that has quite a selection. If you’d like to know more about comic book sounds in Spanish I also have an article on that too. Enjoy your Friday, it is tiiiime for lunch here.