Kitty (cattiechaos) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Onomatopoeaia in other languages?

For example, in English we would say "Ouch!" or "Ow!" and in Japanese it'd be "Itai" (literally, "pain".) I was wondering how other languages express sounds like crash/bang, "argh" vs "ahh!", "Uh..." vs "Um" or "Er". (I find it humorous that some Americans will use "thingamabob" or "thingamajig" when they are casting about for a word they do not know.) Apparently animals also make different noises in different languages...

Meow -> Ya-ong (thank you for the correction k0dama)
Woof/arf -> Mong
Ribbit -> Keggul

(English to Korean for cat/dog/frog)


Also, I would love a translation for the following vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqGc0XE5Xb4

It's just about a minute long and it's in Russian.
Tags: "um" words, animals, onomatopoeia, russian, translation request
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    An old friend was talking with C and me lately, and she expressed an interest in learning more about the ideas behind yoga, and particularly about…

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