https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnomalousCowherd

Bilingual pets

So we have a new member of the family. His name is Dewi Bach (he weights 30kg, but that's quite a lot less than his adoptive sister, hence the name). He is a very clever boy, and is already learning lots of commands. We thought it would be fun to teach him to be bilingual, and it seems to be working well so far. He responds to his name in English and Welsh, and already knows "here", "sit", and "down" in both languages. (And he likes bacon as much as he likes bacwn.)

Does anyone else inflict their language-learning on their pets?

August 24, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malwen
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You might like the series of Teach Your Dog books written by Anne Cakebread. So far there is Welsh, Cornish, Maori and Japanese. She has also written Teach Your Cat Welsh. https://www.ylolfa.com/authors/982/anne-cakebread

August 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aya643839

What wonderful books are published in your country! I think my cats would like Welsh, it sometimes looks like a purr)

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yottskry

Thank you for this! I've put Teach Your Dog Welsh on my Christmas wish list!

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marie_Wolf

I talk to my cat in German! But I think she responds about as well as she does for English though haha

August 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yottskry

I shout at the dogs in Welsh. They don't seem to mind.

"Dewch! Yma!"

"Pwy sy'n ferch dda?!"

"Beth am i ni fynd am dro?"

August 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cwmgelli

My father started work in 1926 at the age of fourteen. His job was caring for the pit ponies who spent most of their lives underground. They only responded to commands spoken to them in Welsh! They also responded to kindness. Their vocabulary was probably quite limited, and I don´t know what commands my father would have used. They may have been words still in use from the local Gwenhwyseg dialect which was dying out then and I believe is extinct now. He used to tell me about them when I was very young - he still remembered their names and their personalities! It´s hard to believe that such cruelty was accepted as normal then. He once said that ´ceffyl twp!´ was never used because the ponies knew what it meant. So don´t hesitate to teach Welsh to your animals.

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aya643839

What a sad story ...

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aya643839

I talk to my cats like cats))))

August 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

My horses just give me weird looks when I try to talk to them in another language. Unfortunately, horses aren't trained to voice commands, they are trained with physical or body language cues, or I sooo would. :))

August 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yottskry

My horse gives me weird looks when I speak to him in any language. He's like a big cat; totally aloof and not interesting in me unless I'm feeding him. He's not a terribly affectionate animal!

August 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

My gelding is that way, he would really rather just be left alone. His dam, on the other hand, is the complete opposite, she likes it when I talk to her, (in English:)) even if it just rambling about nothing.

August 27, 2019
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