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Dog Barks in Different Languages

Why do dogs make different bark sounds in different languages? I don't have the answer, but it's quite entertaining!

Dog bark in English: Woof Woof

Dog bark in Spanish: Guau Guau

May 30, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Buruboro

:-)

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/kubelnaby

Apparently, Korean dogs think they're cats.

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PortugalCove

Excellent post, very informative.

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

En français:

Source
May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JxdxTxrrX

If you're interested in onomatopoeia, Japanese has a large amount of it. I'm not sure about other languages, but in Japanese barking can be represented with a ワンワン (pronounced "wan wan")!

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/carol_MC19

That's so cool! Keep 'em coming

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

Onomatopoeias are the most interesting part in learning Japanese, for me. :D

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

Bengali → gheu-gheu; bhao-bhao

Swedish → voff-voff; vov-vov

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May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Irish: bhuf bhuf.

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LivingLion

Bau Bau is italian for Woof Woof! LOL

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/marthadavydova_

Russian: гав-гав, kinda [gaff-gaff]

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

in Russian: гав гав

in Finnish: hau hau

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mihxal

In Polish it is also "hau hau"

May 30, 2016

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In Romanian, "hau hau" is an alternative way to bark beside the more popular "ham ham"!

May 31, 2016

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I don't know either but I'm guessing it's because it is onomatopoeia??

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/carol_MC19

It's just so mysterious... we are all hearing the same sounds but describe/translate them differently

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/minion_mark

It's because sounds/noises don't talk-in any language. If you hit your keyboard really hard now (do it!) It will make a noise. So then maybe your husband comes along and says 'what was that whacking noise? Then your daughter come and says 'what was the slapping noise?' and your son comes along and say 'what was the whamming noise?' Then your dog comes along and goes 'woof' but did your dog really say 'woof?' If it did, you either have a dog that can speak English or you're going mental : )

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/R_R1234

That's so funny! in Hebrew it's Hav-Hav...

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/morgaaan_

That is interesting. I don't know either

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Eleonora188

Unrelated but related: I always thought it was funny how people express pain in different languages... even though it should be an automatic response saying "ouch" if you hit your little toe against the coffe table, it clearly isn't, if you do it differently in other languages (for example: "aia" in italian, "au" in Dutch)

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PortugalCove

Comedian Stewart Francis once asked, 'If you punch a French guy in the stomach, does he say 'egg''?

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasGabr13

Even in English there are many dog sounds. How about Bow wow, and arf arf. Grrrrrrr for growling.

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/FazendaLondrina

Portuguese it's Au Au

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

In English, dogs also say "Bow wow".

Actually, I think dogs all sound the same and it's only different language's interpretations of how the animals sound.

Every dog has its own unique bark, just like people each have their own unique voices. Speaking of dogs, on my profile, I have a little video link to my 2 dogs playing. Amber was one in the video. She is 4 now and she's a little bit bigger now.

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Berto29441

A very funny and interesting question that I "paid" with a well-deserved lingot. But as any consonant and vowel have specific frequencies, I wonder if it is not possible to determine physically the true sound. Assume that it changes according to the different races!

July 10, 2016
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