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.
NOTE: Notice that usually animal sounds are long requiring the bar ‘-‘ to extend the sound. Also they are usually repeated. WAN WAN!
NOTE: One interesting thing about animal sounds is they often appear in MANGA. nyaa!
NOTE : to the Japanesewan 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.
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)
NOTE : Japanese crows are huge! “Scarecrow” in Japanese iskakashi.
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!]
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.
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