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Say What?

From the August/September 1989 issue of GAMES Magazine in the "Your Move" section:
" Say What?

Teaching English in Japan, I was surprised the first time I did my imitation of a rooster to be met with blank stares.  It didn't sound that way to them.  I found the different perceptions intriguing and assembled the list below.  Can you match these animals to the way their sounds are thought of in Japanese?

1. chicken/rooster
2. dog
3. pig
4. frog
5. cat
6. mouse
7. crow
8. sheep/goat
9. duck

a. wanwan
b. nyanya
c. kokekokko
d. buubuu
e. gerogero
f. meymey
g. chuuchuu
h. kaakaa
i. gaagaa

Kim Vaughn
Shiojiri, Japan

Sorry, no squirrels.

Answers are in the comments, so no peeking if you're late and don't want to be spoiled. :p
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Added: 7 years, 8 months ago
7 years, 8 months ago
Onomatopoeia is a tricky situation in any language! ;)

Here's how I'd answer them:

1c, 2d, 3a, 4e, 5b, 6g, 7h, 8f, 9i

" Sorry, no squirrels.

Heh! :)

7 years, 8 months ago
Not bad. :) The only two you missed were 2 and 3, which should be switched.

The answers:
" 1-c, - chicken/rooster - kokekokko
2-a, - dog - wanwan
3-d, - pig - buubuu
4-e, - frog - gerogero
5-b, - cat - nyanya
6-g, - mouse - chuuchuu
7-h, - crow - kaakaa
8-f, - sheep/goat - meymey
9-i, - duck - gaagaa
7 years, 8 months ago
1-c, 2-d, 3-f, 4-e, 5-b, 6-g, 7-h, 8-i, 9-a
...but I'd bet a nickel that I have less than half right.
7 years, 8 months ago
Actually, you got over half right.  [pings DOtter a nickel]

2 should be a, 3-d, 8-f, and 9-i.  The full answer key is in the comments.
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