the names of animal sounds

Posted on 30. Jun, 2011 by in Vocabulary

In this post, I present a list of the names of animal sounds (أسماء أصوات الحيوانات). You can learn the names of the animals if you do not know them from the left and middle columns. The name of the animal sound is presented in the right column. This list in MSA, and there are other names or some variations of these names used in colloquial dialects; e.g. the sound of a fly in MSA is (أزيز), however in Egyptian Arabic, we call it (زن). The same word that is used for the sound of the fly (أزيز) is also used for the sound of the airplane!

Many people who do not know the words that describe the names of animals would just say ‘ the sound of ….’, e.g. ’صوت الحصان‘.

الصوت

الحيوان

Animal

زئير

الأسد

Lion

خوار

البقرة

Cow

طنين

البعوضة

Mosquito

فحيح

الثعبان

Snake

عواء

الذئب

Wolf

أزيز

الذبابة

Fly

صهيل

الحصان

Horse

نهيق

الحمار

Donkey

هديل

الحمامة

Pigeon

نقيق

الضفدع

Frog

زقزقة

العصفور

Sparrow

مواء

القط

Cat

نباح

الكلب

Dog

طنين

النحلة

Bee

 

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4 Responses to “the names of animal sounds”

  1. Juan 2 July 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Hello Aziza,

    Really interesting, It is hard for me to learn by heart all these new words but at least I have it all together added to my vocabulary list!.
    This reminds me of two insects that make a lot of noise. I know them from Spain although they must live in all Mediterranean countries and far beyond.
    The cricket, they use to “sing” at night. We use the verb “sing” for birds, crickets etc.

    The other insect is difficult to explain, it sings very loudly during the summer days under the sun, it flies. I think its name is cicada in english.
    How are they called in arabic? and the sound they make?
    Thanks.

    Juan

  2. aziza 2 July 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Ahlan Juan,
    Yes, I know the insect you describe. In Egypt, we call it (صرصار الغيط) literally (the field cockroach) because you find it mainly in the countryside and near plants. I know its distinctive loud sound, but I do not think that we have a special name for the sound, or at least I do not know of one. So, I suggest we say the sound of the cricket (صوت صرصار الغيط)

  3. Juan 2 July 2011 at 9:33 am #

    شكرا يا أزيزة

  4. aziza 2 July 2011 at 10:01 am #

    شكراً يا خوان!
    عزيزة


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