Written by Miranda González
You would think that dogs would make the same sound in all languages. After all, dogs don’t speak French, or Italian, or Russian. They just speak, well, dog. So if I’m in Belgium and I hear a dog barking, it should sound pretty much the same as a dog barking the U.S., right? Well, the actual sound should be the same, but the way Belgians express that same sound will be different.
“Can you hear that?” I tell my baby son. “It’s a dog! It says, ‘Woof, woof, woof!’” That’s the sound dogs make in English, of course. But if I were a Dutch-speaking Belgian mother, I would tell my son that the dog says, “Blaf, blaf,… read more