What Does The Cow Say?

Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like the thing it represents.  This construct is present in almost every language.  Often examples are words like “crash” and “hiccup” but the sounds animals make are far more entertaining.  In most languages the owl says “hoo hoo” and bees “zzzz”, but the sounds that some of the barnyard animals make varies greatly in different languages.

In this video, watch while adults engage in a charming “what does the….?”

Bow Wow Meow – Animal Sounds in Different Languages from properniceinnit on Vimeo.


In 2006, the BBC reported that cows in Britain may have developed regional “accents”.  Scientists have long ago determined that birds do have regional dialects, but cows are a rather new discovery.  None other than Sir Patrick Stewart has confirmed this phenomenon.  Listen here for his interpretation of what the cow says.

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