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Animal Sounds Vocabulary List

Animal Sounds Vocabulary List
ANIMAL SOUNDS

動物の泣き声

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oday we will look at how to correctly speak to your cat -- in Japanese.  Or maybe how to sound like a Japanese cat.  I am not sure. I teach at 8 elementary schools and invariably this topic comes up.  It is interesting how different cultures perceive animal sounds differently. 

NOTE: Notice that usually animal sounds are long requiring the bar '-' to extend the sound.  Also they are usually repeated. WAN WAN!

CONTENTS OF ANIMALS:

1. NEKO - cat
2.
INU - dog
3.
KAERU - frog
4.
KARASU - crow
5. USHI - cow
6.
HITSUJI - sheep
7.
NIWATORI - chicken
8.
BUTA - pig
9. AHIRU - duck
10.
SARU - monkey
11.
GOJIRA - Godzilla

MOOD SETTING: Imagine a zoo located atop Mt. Fuji



neko
CAT

ニャーニャー
nya- nya-
(meow)
NOTE: One interesting thing about animal sounds is they often appear in MANGA.  nyaa!


inu
DOG
ワンワン
wan wan
(woof, bark)
NOTE : to the Japanese wan and ONE (1) are the same pronunciation.  So there is a chain of steak houses in Japan called 'SUTEKI WAN' (Steak One) whose mascot is a dog.

かえる
kaeru
FROG
ゲロゲロ
gero gero
(ribbit)
NOTE : A word of caution is in order.  Another meaning of gero is puke, throw-up, vomit.
NOTE #2 : The traditional Japanese song KAERU NO UTA GA (The Frog's Song)

カラス
karasu
CROW
カーカー
ka- ka-
NOTE : Japanese crows are huge! "Scarecrow" in Japanese is kakashi.


ushi
COW
モーモー
mo- mo-
(Moo)
NOTE : One way to remember ushi is to think of it sounding like oishi (delicious).  But be careful with your pronunciation. I had a friend a few years back who at the restaurant Mister Donuts pointed to her donut and said to an astonished Japanese waitress, "KORE WA USHI DESU! USHI DESU!" [This is a cow! this is a cow!]


hitsuji
SHEEP
メーメー
me- me-
(baa baa)
 

ニワトリ
niwatori
CHICKEN
コケコッコー
kokekokko-
(Cock-a-doodle-doo)
 


buta
PIG
ブーブー
bu- bu-
(oink)
 

あひる
ahiru
DUCK
ガーガー 
ga- ga-
(quack)
NOTE : Japanese distinguishes between the white ducks (ahiru) and the other colored ducks (kamo).  Despite their different names they still speak the same GA- GA- language.


saru
MONKEY