Animal Sounds Vocabulary List

Today 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. More…


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



猫
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!


犬
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.


牛
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!]


羊
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)
 


豚
buta
PIG
ブーブー
bu- bu-
(oink)
 


あひる
ahiru
DUCK
ガーガー 
gaga
(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.


猿
saru
MONKEY
ウキー
uki
 


ゴジラ
gojira
GODZILLA

ガオー
gao-
NOTE :  gojira
is a combination of gorira (gorilla) + kujira
(whale); Also any large monster says, "GAO-"

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