French animal sounds
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French animal sounds (+ BONUS : animal vocabulary)

French animal sounds are different than German animal sounds or American animal sounds for example. Actually, even though it can be quite similar (yes all animals objectively make the same sound), there are as many sounds as the languages in the world! Let’s find out what the French animals sound like 🙂

English animalFrench animalFrench sound
BeeAbeilleBzzzzz
DonkeyÂneHi-Han
DuckCanardCoin-coin
CatChatMiaou
HorseChevalHuuuuuu
DogChienWof Wof
OwlChouetteHou-Hou
PigCochonGroin-Groin
RoosterCoqCocorico
CuckooCoucouCoucou
TurkeyDindeGlouglou
FrogGrenouilleCôa-Côa
WolfLoupAouuuuuh
FlyMouchezzzzzzzzzz
SheepMoutonBêêêêêêê
BirdOiseauCui-cui
PeacockPaonLéon
ParrotPerroquetCo-co
PigeonPigeonRou-rou
HenPouleCot-cot
SnakeSerpentKssssss
CowVacheMeuh

When French people are speaking to babies/young children, they usually use the sound the animal is making to talk about the animal. For instance, French people often say : “Regarde le coin-coin!” (Look at the duck!)

Read also : TOP 12 Anglicism in French

Different sounds means different verbs!

In French, we like to use different verbs to describe the sounds of each animals. Let’s check below the most common ones (as we almost have one specific verb for each species, most French-speaking people do not know them, me included 🙂 so let’s learn the ones below first and if you need to know a specific verb, leave a comment and I will reply.)

AnimalVerb
AbeilleBourdonner
ÂneBraire
CanardCancaner or Caqueter
Cerf (Deer)Bramer
ChatMiauler
ChevalHennir
ChienAboyer
ChouetteHululer
CochonGrogner
CoqChanter
DindeGlouglouter
Eléphant Barrir
GrenouilleCoasser
Lapin (Rabbit)Clapir
Lion Rugir
LoupHurler
Ours (Bear)Grogner
PouleCaqueter
Sanglier (Boar)Grommeler
VacheMeugler

Comment and tell me which of the French animal sounds is the funniest for you! If you learnt something thanks to this article, please share it!

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