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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!

ANIMAL SOUNDS
動物の泣き声

猫 neko CAT

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

犬 inu DOG

 ワンワン
wan wan 
(woof, bark)

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.

 

かえる kaeru FROG

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

カラス karasu CROW

 カーカー 
ka- ka-

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

 

牛 ushi COW

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

羊 hitsuji SHEEP

 メーメー
me- me- 
(baa baa)

 

 

 

ニワトリ niwatori CHICKEN

ニワトリ niwatori CHICKEN

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

 

 

 

豚 buta PIG

豚 buta PIG

 ブーブー 
bu- bu- 
(oink)

 

 

あひる ahiru DUCK

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.

 

 

猿 saru MONKEY

猿 saru MONKEY

 ウキー
uki

 

 

 

 

ゴジラ gojira GODZILLA

ゴジラ gojira GODZILLA

 ガオー
gao-

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