Like many travelers, during trips to a foreign lands, I make it a point to pick up a new language., and usually, I return with a greater a understanding the spoken word. However, During a trip to Greece, my desire to pick up a new language was thwarted by my pre-existing proficiency. Thus I struggled with appeasing my language learning appetite….. Soon It occurred to me that, In Learning to speak a language, one usually strives to accomplish 2 goals.
1) To understand what is spoken
2) To orally communicate a thought to another.
However, a shortcoming of many language learners is that they tend to focus on what a fellow human being might say and disregard the language of many other inhabitants of that land.
Therefore, I focused on the communication of animals and thus both expanded and diversified my understanding of the Greek language.
I learned that in Greek a cat meow translates to “Niaow, and a dog ruff translates to “Gav”. But while a cat and dog from the states will be likely to successfully communicate, some animals may have more difficulty.
In Greece, a rooster says “Ko Ko Rico” when he wants to say cock-a-doodle doo. And a Pig that is used to saying oink oink, would have no idea how to translate “Gru Gru.”
Meanwhile a fish which is usually expressionless in the stated must cope with native fish could greet it with a “plats plats”.
So enriching was my new found vocabulary that as I was nearing the airport on my return, I didn’t hesitate when a bird said “Tsiou Tsiou” I knew he meant tweet tweet.
What other animal sounds do you know in another language?