This may come as a surprise to you, but animals don’t make the same sounds everywhere. Cats go “meow,’’ right? Nope. In Japan, they go “nyan.’’ Pigs in Russia don’t “oink;’’ they “hrgu-hrgu.’’
Prof. Derek Abbott, Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at Australia’s University of Adelaide, has made a comprehensive chart showing 17 different languages’ approximations of the sounds animals make. It also includes animal commands, and popular pet names. It’s chock full of strange animal-related onomatopoeia, like bre-ke-ke (the sound of a frog, according to someone from Hungary) and pa-pa-pa (Greeks’ take on a quacking duck).
Check the chart out here.
We still can’t figure out where the cow says “Shazzuuuuu,’’ though.