Animal Sounds in German With English Translations

English-German Glossary of Animal Sounds

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You might think the sounds animals make are universal, but animal noises actually appear differently to people depending on whether they speak German, English, French, Spanish or another language. For example, the way a dog barks is written differently in German than it is in English.

With the guide below, review the German spellings for common animal sounds (known as Tiergeräusche) and compare them to the way these sounds are written and described in English.

Translations of the German sounds and the animals that make them are provided to improve your understanding. 

First look at the German-to-English animal sound glossary and then look at the English-to-German glossary. When you finish reading the guide, try saying the sounds out loud or practicing them with a partner. Consider putting the German animal sounds on flash cards to test your memory of them.  

Tiergeräusche • Animal Sounds
English-to-German Glossary
 
DeutschEnglish
blökenbleat, low (cattle)
brüllen, brummenroar
brummen, summenbuzz (bees, bugs)
fauchen (Katze)
zischen (Schlange)
hiss
gack gack
gackern, kichern
cluck cluck
to cluck
grunz grunzoink oink
grunzengrunt, oink
gurrencoo
heulen, jaulenhowl
iaahhee haw
kikerikicock-a-doodle-doo
knurrengrowl, snarl
krächzencaw, squawk
krähencrow
kreischen, schreienscreech
kuckuckcuckoo
miaumeow
muhmoo
pfeifenwhistle
piep piep
piep(s)en
peep peep, cheep cheep
to peep
quakenquack, croak
quakencroak, quack
quieksen, krächzen (parrot)squeal, squawk
schnatterngaggle (geese, ducks)
schnurrenpurr
schnaubensnort
schreien, rufenhoot (owl)
singen, schlagensing (birds)
trillernwarble, trill
tschilpenzirpenzwitschernchirp
wau wau
wuf wuf
bow-wow
woof-woof
  Dogs bark, go arf, yap, growl and howl.
  Hunde bellen, blaffen, kläffen, knurren und jaulen.
wiehernwhinny, neigh
zischen (Schlange)
fauchen (Katze)
hiss
 

 

Animal Sounds • Tiergeräusche
English-to-German Glossary
EnglishDeutsch
bleat, low (cattle)blöken
bow-wow
woof-woof
wau wau
wuf wuf
buzz (bees, bugs)brummen, summen
caw, squawkkrächzen
chirptschilpenzirpenzwitschern
cluck cluck
to cluck
gack gack
gackern, kichern
cock-a-doodle-dookikeriki
coogurren
croak, quackquaken
crowkrähen
cuckookuckuck
gaggle (geese, ducks)schnattern
growl, snarlknurren
  Dogs bark, go arf, yap, growl and howl.
  Hunde bellen, blaffen, kläffen, knurren und jaulen.
grunt, oinkgrunzen
hee hawiaah
hissfauchen (Katze)
zischen (Schlange)
hoot (owl)schreien, rufen
howlheulen, jaulen
meowmiau
moomuh
oink oinkgrunz grunz
peep peep, cheep cheep
to peep
piep piep
piep(s)en
purrschnurren
quack, croakquaken
roarbrüllen, brummen
screechkreischen, schreien
sing (birds)singen, schlagen
squeal, squawkquieksen, krächzen (parrot)
snortschnauben
warble, trilltrillern
whinny, neighwiehern
whistlepfeifen

Wrapping Up

Now that you've finished reading the guide, note which animal sounds were your favorite. Try singing a nursery rhyme with lots of animal sounds such as "Old McDonald Had a Farm" in English, and then practice singing the animal sounds in German. If you have children or younger brothers and sisters, invite them to join in. Try teaching them the new animal sounds you've learned. Singing the German animal sounds will help you to retain them.  

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Flippo, Hyde. "Animal Sounds in German With English Translations." ThoughtCo, Oct. 7, 2016, thoughtco.com/german-for-beginners-animal-sounds-4085340. Flippo, Hyde. (2016, October 7). Animal Sounds in German With English Translations. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/german-for-beginners-animal-sounds-4085340 Flippo, Hyde. "Animal Sounds in German With English Translations." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/german-for-beginners-animal-sounds-4085340 (accessed September 25, 2017).