what do dogs say in cantonese?

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mike lind

what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby mike lind » Tue Feb 18, 2003 6:20 pm

I am currently undertaking a research project trying to find out what noise dogs make in each language of the world.

In English it is 'woof' and in French it is 'ouah' and here in the czech republic it is 'haf'... so I was hoping somebody might spare a minute to tell me what sound dogs make in the cantonese language?

My email address is mike_lind@markbbdo.cz

yours gratefully,
mike lind
czech republic

doggie

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby doggie » Wed Feb 19, 2003 10:44 am

"wong6wong6..." is the noise made by dogs. And we call the noise as fai6.

mike lind

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby mike lind » Wed Feb 19, 2003 4:38 pm

thank you very much!!!

Mirror

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby Mirror » Thu Apr 03, 2003 4:49 am

In Hong Kong, we do name animals with the sound they make. For cat, we may call them "miao miao". For dog, we may call it "wow wow". That's may be because some english-speaker would say "bow-wow" for a dog's yap.

rathpy

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby rathpy » Thu Apr 03, 2003 10:51 pm

While reading a children's English/Chinese book I came across the following characters for translations of sounds that animals were making, so I looked them up in a Mandarin dictionary:

嘎嘎 (duck "quack") : Pinyin: ga1; Jyutping: gaa1
哞 (cow "moo") : Pinyin: mou1; Jyutping: mau1
咩 (sheep "baa") : Pinyin: mie1; Jyutping: me1
咯咯 (chicken "cluck") : Pinyin: ge1; Jyutping: gaak3
(sorry, no dog)

The Cantonese Jyutping conversion is just from a database; I haven't found them in a Cantonese dictionary (except for 咩).

Questions:

Do Cantonese parents and children use these same (dialect translated) onomatapoeic sounds, or do the above only apply in Mandarin?

Can you please provide any other animal sounds?

Regards,
rathpy

Michael Thigpen

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby Michael Thigpen » Sun Apr 06, 2003 6:25 am

I've always heard the children say "woo woo woo" for dogs.

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Great Wall

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby Great Wall » Sun Apr 06, 2003 6:45 am

Here in Hong Kong, people think the noise dogs make is "wo1 wo1"(wo pronounced with high level), which is also used as 'baby talk' to refer to dogs in general.

Great Wall

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby Great Wall » Sun Apr 06, 2003 4:21 pm

Correction and addition to my previous message:

Dog: "wou1 wou1" (w+ou high level)
Cat: "miu1 miu1" or "miau1 miau1"
Hen: "gok4 gok2"

Interestingly a lot of these are not found in the normal Cantonese syllabary.

Witcie

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby Witcie » Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:47 pm

My girlfriends from HK says the word for baby its sorta:
je-Bi-bi

HKB

Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby HKB » Tue Apr 22, 2003 6:00 am

it's bi-bi-jai :)

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Re: what do dogs say in cantonese?

Postby facebook » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:14 pm

hanuja wrote:Do Cantonese parents and children use these same (dialect translated) onomatapoeic sounds, or do the above only apply in Mandarin?


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