Russia, July 19, 1999
A exploration of the differences in Russian and America animal sounds
Saturday, as Lidia and I were driving to her
dacha, I stuck my head out her
window and started barking at a dog (subaka) in the car beside us. As your
intelligent, verbally oriented guy, I spoke good dog, but apparently, Russia
dogs speak a different language than American ones! When I said "wolf, wolf"
in my best German Shepherd voice, the French Poodle just looked at me. With
Lidia laughing to hard to drive, the other car left me to wonder what happened.
After a long conversation with her when she finally calmed down, and with advice from Lidia's family (and especially her niece), I've made a comprehensive English/Russian animal sound dictionary below:
As you can see, there is a bit of a difference in the way Russian and American animals speak. Thinking back a bit, I'm not so surprised now. I remember when I lived with Dima, I had to learn Russian commands for Margo before I taught her to be bilingual.