Animal Languages Around the World, or “The Cow Says Boooo…”

by Ken Mueller on February 1, 2013 · 8 comments

Animal Languages Around the WorldFor today’s edition of the Friday Blogging Experiment I decided it was time to bring in an international element, and give you a few laughs at the same time.

Back in December, two of my son’s friends from the Czech Republic came to visit and stay with us for awhile. The two of them settled in nicely and quickly became a part of our family. One thing that was evident early on was that their command of the English language puts most Americans to shame when it comes to knowing a second language. One of them, Marek, went back shortly after the new year, but Svatia, a 23 year old college student, decided to stick around a little longer (mostly because she thinks we’re pretty cool).  One thing that we have discovered during her stay is that our dog, Shadow, spoke Czech. Or at least he understands the language. Svatia often speaks to him in the Czech language and he seems to listen and respond to her much better than when we tell him the same things in English. Go figure.

We have had many great conversations, mostly at the dinner table, and at one particular meal the topic of animal sounds came up. With my family this isn’t so unusual. But what we learned is that there are quite a few animals that sound different in other countries, as if Czech dogs speak Czech, while American dogs speak, well, the American version of English.

With that in mind, and in the spirit of those See ‘n Say toys many of us had as kids, I decided to ask Svatia to give us the Czech language version of animals. Some of them speaks the same language as their American kin, but others…such as the pig, cow, and turkey…sound quite different. And we threw in a few surprises for her as well. So sit back and enjoy, my version of the See ‘n’ Say, Czech style:


Now that you’ve laughed at…er…with, Svatia, it’s your turn. I know that many of you have traveled the world, or hosted visitors from other countries. What are some of the rather interesting interpretations of animal sounds you’ve discovered from other parts of the world? Tell us in the comment section below. This should be interesting…



Now that's the kind of exchange student I would want. Not afraid to let it all hang out and comfortable with herself, must be a joy to have her around. 

Funny, but I work with several colleagues from other international cultures but this topic has never come up in discussion. I can't wait to bring this up as a talking point during lunch!


Oh, now I know what you meant when you said See 'n Say. I got nothing for animal sounds, though. I don't recall ever hearing animal sounds from other languages or cultures while traveling. Very interesting post, though! It sounds like Shadow doesn't take your English very seriously. 

KenMueller moderator

@LizJostes More so than my kids! We were discussing this at dinner and I mused about video taping her and she didn't even flinch. She was very willing. She fits in with our family so well. We'll be sad to see her go next week.

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