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Even Animals Speak Italian!

Did you know that animals are so smart that they speak foreign languages, even Italian?

Ask any child what the chicken says and he or she is sure to say “Cluck, cluck.” Unless of course, that child happens to speak another language. For you see, animals speak different languages, depending on where they live!

There is no universal way for mimicking animal sounds. So when we do imitate their sounds we do it according to how it sounds in our own language. In English the dog says woof-woof or arf-arf. But in Spanish he says guau, guau, in Dutch blaf-blaf, Japanese wan-wan, and Korean meong. And here in Italy bau-bau

There is no universal way of mimicking animal sounds. So we do it according to how it sounds in our own language. Which is why the dog can say anything from woof-woof to bau-bau!

Even animals speak Italian

Yes, animals here speak Italian, and below you’ll find what some of them sound like! Some are quite similar to the English. But others, like the chicken, make quite a different sound!

Remember: vowels in Italian almost always make the same sound. A as in all; E as in desk; I as in ink; and U as in duty.

What some animals say in Italian:

Here’s what a few animals sound like in Italian!

ENGLISH (Italian)SOUND IT MAKES
Dog (cane)bau-bau
Cat (gatto)miau-miau
Mouse (topolino)squitt-squitt
Bird (uccello)chīp-chīp
Rooster (gallo)chi-chiiri-chi
Horse (cavallo)hiiiii
Donkey (asino)i-oh, i-oh
Chicken (gallina)co-co-dè, co-co-dè
Crow (corvo)cra-cra
Goose (oca)qua-qua
Chick (pulcino)pio-pio
Sheep (pecora)beeh, beeh
Goat (capra)beeh, beeh
Frog (rana)cra-cra
Cow (mucca)muuuuu
Snake (serpente)ssszzz
Bee (ape)zzzzz
Pigeon (piccione)hu-hu
Wolf (lupo)huuuuu

No wonder we can’t talk with the animals!  Not only would we have to learn real animal languages, but possibly even languages around the world!

Did you know that animals are so smart that they even speak foreign languages? 😉

Images: Chicken by rhianjane. | Others are my own.

By Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my journey of Intentional Faith Living from my small town in southern Italy!

4 replies on “Even Animals Speak Italian!”

I love this! Doesn’t it make sense that the way we speak and hear words affects the way we hear animals speak? I’d never thought of that before. But it even says a lot about how we hear others–our grid, our stories, our language patterns. We can learn a lot from animals!

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Yes Dayle, I found it interesting after moving here. I had just automatically assumed that animals would always “speak” the same way all over the world! It’s amazing how much we can learn from the world and nature is all around us!!

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