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What to say to dogs?

How do people in France address their dogs and what are some common things French people say to their dogs? And what are some common dog names in France?

July 10, 2016

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Koopafro

You usually use imperative when talking to pets, the same as english. Most common orders for dogs are "assis" (sit), "couché" (lay down), "va chercher" (go and get it), etc. Orders aside, people tend to baby their dog and speak to it as if it were a small child.

As for dog names... One trend is to name them after food (Caramel, Cracotte), another is to use English words (we're really bad at speaking English but we certainly like the sound of it) or normal people names. Popular names I can come with include Milou (Tintin's dog), Rex, Max and Chipie (slang for a moody little girl).

I'm not sure what else I can tell you (I'm not much of a dog person), but if you have specific translations in mind just ask !

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/andy6262

How would someone greet a dog that they have just met? In the US, when I am walking my dog people might stop us to say something like, "Hi dog, are you a good dog/boy/girl? Yes you're a good dog/boy/girl. What a handsome little guy/ pretty girl you are."

We really like to ask dogs if they are good and tell them that they are good. Do French people also feel a need to tell their dogs how good they are?

July 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Koopafro

Usually I go "Haan, il est mignon !" (aw, he's cute) whenever I see a dog.

As there is no neutral form in French animals are male by default and referred to by "il". After asking permission to the owner ("(Est-ce que) je peux le caresser ?" / Can I pet it ?), our interactions with dogs seem pretty similar. So yeah, french people also like to shower their dogs (and random ones) with praise.

As for the specific vocabulary : calling a dog boy/garçon isn't a thing (or at least I've never heard it), we're usually like "bon chien, oui t'es un bon chien, n'est-ce pas que tu es un bon chien ?". However, female dogs are often called "fifille" (a childish deformation of "fille". I don't think it's used for anything other than animals anymore ?).

July 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

My penpal in France had a dog named "Punky". It was a Pekingese. He died when he was 16. A French woman that I knew used to talk French to her cat. She was giving milk to her cat one time and saying, "Tiens!" and then she said to me, "It's a French cat."

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Reiichi

Ouah c'est intéressant :o

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/minion_mark

They use 'tu' to their pets like their friends, not 'vous' . For example 'assieds-toi' meaning 'sit down.'

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Markusblanus

Un beau question (:

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/corvusalbus

And if the dog answers back its ouaf ouaf. Here's an amusing post from a little while ago about dog speak in various languages.

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverVixen65

I volunteer at the Nouveau Refuge in Tarbes, you can find it on Facebook. Lots of dog and cat names to play with, even a ferret at one time, think sheep are arriving soon. I sponsor Judy, I speak to her in both English and French, tone is more important, she is not so scared of everything now. Assis-toi sit, arret stop,

July 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LorrainefromOz

I have two dogs, and when I meet random strangers, they sometimes want to pet them. How can I say that they are kind, gentle, don't bite, etc.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LorrainefromOz

Oh and I meant to say that I also volunteer work to support a dogs home. We have refuge dogs come to visit. Last week was a poodle called Haddock (pronounced the French way with no H!) How odd!

July 13, 2016
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