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Here's how to speak to your cat in Japanese. Or perhaps here is how to sound like a Japanese cat. Either way, dogs bark and rabbits ribbit a bit differently in Japanese.

ワンワン
wan wan 
(woof, bark)

NOTE : to the Japanese, wan and ONE (the number 1) are the same pronunciation. There is a chain of steak houses in Japan called "SUTEKI WAN" (Steak One). Its mascot is a dog.

ニャーニャー
nya nya-
(meow)

ゲロゲロ
gero gero
(ribbit)


NOTE: Click here to hear the traditional Japanese song, KAERU NO UTA GA (The Frog’s Song), among other songs.

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, I tell ya!]

カーカー 
ka- ka-


NOTE : Japanese crows are huge! “Scarecrow” in Japanese is kakashi.

メーメー
me- me- 
(baa baa)


コケコッコー
kokekokko- 
(Cock-a-doodle-doo)


ブーブー 
bu- bu- 
(oink)


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.

ウキー
uki


ガオー
gao-


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