Friday, December 15, 2006

Animal sounds


What do dogs do? They bark. -- Do you know how to say this in Spanish? "Los perros ladran".

In Spanish, it's possible to use the verb "hacer" to put a sound in verb form. Instead of saying "los perros ladran" (dogs bark) you can say "los perros hacen guau-guau*" (dogs go wof wof*). The latter is used in children's stories, for example.

*Note that onomatopoeic sounds are not universal. In English, the sound of the dog is also written as "bow-wow", "arf", "ruff". In Spanish, the spelling doesn't change that much, but you must be careful to learn the proper Spanish spelling. [1]

Below is a list of appropriate verbs and nouns corresponding to the sounds made by various animals.

    ANIMAL ---> VERB / NOUN

  • el gato ---> maullar / maullido – ronronear / ronroneo
    cat ---> meow, miaow or mew – purr

  • el perro ---> ladra / ladrido
    dogs ---> bark

  • el pájaro ---> trinar, gorjear / trino, gorjeo
    bird ---> chirp, chirrup, tweet, or sing

  • la paloma ---> arrullar / arrullo
    dove or pigeon ---> coo

  • la cotorra, el loro ---> carretear, hablar
    parrot ---> talk

  • el pollito ---> piar
    chicken ---> peep or cheep

  • la gallina ---> cacarear / cacareo – cloquear o clocar / cloqueo
    hens ---> cackle – cluck

  • el gallo ---> cacarear / cacareo – cantar
    rooster, cock ---> crow

  • el buey, la vaca y el toro ---> mugir / mugido – bramar / bramido
    cattle ---> low or moo – bellow

  • el asno, el burro ---> rebuznar (también roznar y osnear) / rebuzno
    donkey ---> bray

  • el cerdo ---> gruñir / gruñido
    pig ---> grunt

  • el caballo ---> relinchar / relincho – bufar / bufido
    horse ---> neigh or whinny – snort

  • el carnero, el cordero, la oveja, la cabra ---> balar / balido
    sheep and goat ---> bleat

  • el búho ---> ulular / ululato
    owl ---> hoot

  • el cuervo ---> grajear, crascitar, graznar / grajo o graznido
    crows ---> caw

  • el pato ---> graznar / graznido
    duck ---> quack

  • el ganso ---> graznar / graznido
    goose ---> honk

  • el león ---> rugir / rugido
    lion ---> roar

  • el lobo ---> aullar / aullido
    wolf ---> howl

  • la rana ---> croar
    frog ---> croak

  • el ratón ---> chilla
    mouse ---> squeak

  • el ciervo, el venado ---> balar / balido – bramar / bramido
    deer ---> bleat or bell – bellow

  • el conejo, la liebre ---> chillar / chillido
    rabbit, hare ---> squeak

  • el oso ---> gruñir / gruñido
    bear ---> growl

  • el elefante ---> barritar / barrito
    elephant ---> trumpet

  • el mono ---> chillar / chillido
    monkey ---> gibber

  • hiena ---> reir / risa
    hyena ---> laugh

  • el grillo, el saltamontes ---> chirrear o chirriar / chirrido – grillar
    cricket, grasshopper ---> chirp

  • la abeja ---> zumbar / zubido
    bee ---> hum or buzz

  • la serpiente ---> silbar / silbo
    snake ---> hiss

1 Visit this link to learn animal's onomatopeias in Spanish.


For more pet-related vocabulary, check these other posts:

Training your dog | Cats and Dogs

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