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Ten noises that sound very different in German

Ten noises that sound very different in German
Mäh mäh says the sheep to the monkey. Photo: DPA
Learning the native onomatopoeia is just another step to becoming fluent in your adopted language. This week, The Local List takes it upon ourselves to help you along the way and answers crucial linguistic questions. What noise do chickens make in German?

It's not until you learn a new language that you realize animals around the world don't all sound the same.

Where an Englishman hears the rooster say “cock-a-doodle-doo”, a German hears, well, something else

From pond animals to yelling vehicles, this week's Local List takes you through a symphony of German sounds. 

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