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Miriam just mentioned onomatopoeia in her "Ta ta" thread, and the variations thereof in other languages, which brought me to the free association of animal sounds in different languages =}

I know a few:

Dog German: wuff or wauwau
English woof
Russian gav gav
Japanese wan wan

Rooster German kikeriki
English cock-a-doodle-do (seriously?! ;D)

Donkey German i-aaaa

P.S.: Dear dedicated downvoter, if you leave your name I'll upvote some of your contributions; maybe you don't have to be quite so sour then ... =}

P.P.S.: And kudos to my anonymous upvoter! That was quickly balanced out ;)
May 28, 2020 8:56 PM
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@Miriam ... Good question, indeed, and that Norwegian "Tussi" is quite funny =D
May 28, 2020
Yeah, just recently I actually thought about starting a discussion about Eeyore, the donkey of Winnie-the-Pooh. It's interesting to note that it has an onomatopoeic name in many languages but not all:

English: Eeyore (hee haw)
German: I-Aah
Italian: Ih-Oh
Russian: Иа-Иа
Dutch: Iejoor
Czeck: Ijáček
Swedish: I-or
Finnish: Ihaa
Spanish: Ígor

But in some languages it's completely different:
French: Bourriquet
Croation: Sivko
Polish: Kłapouchy
Norwegian: Tussi (Oh, what a funny false friend with German)
Icelandic: Eyrnaslapi

I wonder why that is and what the names actually mean.

May 28, 2020
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