It is cool that animal sounds in Japanese and English are different!

2018.10.22

Animal sounds in Japanese and English are different. Even in English speaking countries, the animal sounds differ depending on the country. Why are the sounds different in English and Japanese even though it is the same animal? In this article, we will introduce animal sounds used mainly in America.

It is cool that animal sounds in Japanese and English are different!

Let’s take a look at the sounds from a variety of animals

Even when talking about the same animal, the Japanese and English sounds are different. For example, in Japan, the sound a dog makes is “wan-wan” but in English it is “bow-wow”. The sound a cat makes is “meow” and the sound a cow makes is “moo-moo” in English, which are similar to the Japanese sounds. The sound a pig makes is “oink-oink” in English and “boo-boo” in Japanese which are two totally different sounds. In Japan, a rooster says “cokecoco” and in English they say “cock-a-doodle-do”. A standard bird says “tweet-tweet”, a pigeon says “coo-coo” and a duck says “quack-quack”. A sheep says “baa-baa” and a lion says “roar”.

Why is there a difference in animal sounds depending on the country?

Although animals make the same sounds in all countries, the way they are expressed differ by country. This is because the pronunciation differs by language and the sounds are arranged so it is easy for young children in the country to say. In Japan, the sound of a dog is taught as “wan-wan” but if you listen to an actual dog you can sometimes hear that he is saying “bow-wow”. Try listening to animal sounds at the zoo with your child and ask them which sound they hear. Do they hear the lion saying “roar”?

Try playing English games using animal sounds

Using a game will help your child learn the English animal sounds. When mom or dad say “Be a dog”, ask your child to say “bow-wow”, the sound that a dog makes. You can also ask, “Who says meow” and have your child answer “a cat”. Creating flash cards with pictures of the animals on one side and the sound it makes on the other side is also a good idea. You can use the cards to play “karuta” so your child can learn the animal sounds in a fun way. You will be surprised how fast your child remembers the animal sounds.

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It is fun to compare the animal sounds in Japanese and English. Try using various animal sounds when playing with your child. If your child shows interest in learning English, it is a good idea to sign them up for lessons at a “mommy and me” school that focuses on English. Children pick up English really quickly when they are playing and singing with friends while using the language.

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