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Thread poster: Alexandra Goldburt
Alexandra Goldburt
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Jan 16, 2009

I'm a cat lover. I'm absolutely fascinated by these clever, freedom-loving, soft and gentle creatures. I currently have eight of them, all with different personalities. Eight furry companions to brighten my day...

What I'm curious to know is: How do you say "miaow" in different languages of the world?

Looking forward to your answers...


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Mihaela BUFNILA  Identity Verified
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Romanian cats Jan 16, 2009

...say "miau". At least the ones I've met

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David Russi  Identity Verified
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Spanish: miau / Italian: miao Jan 16, 2009

English several spelling are acceptable but I think meow is most common (miaow / miaou/ meaow)

Spanish: miau (verb: maullar)
Italian: miao (verb: miagolare or fare miao)


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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The cat's meow... Jan 16, 2009

For a list of versions of this in other languages also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meow


[Edited at 2009-01-16 19:08 GMT]


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Maria Michelfelder  Identity Verified
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Swedish cats... Jan 16, 2009

... say mjau and the German cats say miau

Funny thread


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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In Arabic... Jan 16, 2009

...cats begin their miaowing with a different letter from all the cats mentioned above. They say: "Nau, nau" (as in the English word "now").

(By the way Arabic isn't listed in the link provided by Derek, so here's a valuable addition.
I can also see from the list that we share the initial "n" only with Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian and Tagalog. What's the connection I wonder?)

[Edited at 2009-01-16 19:16 GMT]


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Christina Paiva  Identity Verified
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Brazilian cats Jan 16, 2009

I love cats too and have a bunch of them.

I also have dogs and get to see lots of wild animals and birds in the little forest we conserve on a little farm where I live.

Brazilian cats communicate as their Romanian relatives 'miau'. Dogs 'au au'

Now I'm trying to identify birds by their language and habits


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Alexandra Goldburt
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I enjoyed the answers! Jan 16, 2009

Thanks so much!

Nesrin: when I listen to some cats, "now is exactly what I hear! I wonder why...


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orchid8
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Cats in Poland Jan 16, 2009

Polish cats most often "miau"
but sometimes they also "mrau" (this is more pleasant to listen to in my - catloving - opinion)


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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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miauw Jan 16, 2009

are Dutch cats supposed to say. The correponding verb, miauwen or mauwen, is alos used for human being's complain, delay, procrastinate and so on.
Combined with the Dutch word for a cough, hoest, miauw sounds like "how are you?"
hoest miauw ~ hoe is het met jou ~ "how is it with you" ~ how are you doin'?
So, some people like to start an e-mail with "hoest miauw".
Cat Trados on the other hand, luckily makes no noise. That stupid messages like "end of paragraph not found" already are irritating enough.

[Bijgewerkt op 2009-01-17 13:08 GMT]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Mjav in Danish Jan 16, 2009

In Danish they say 'mjav', but as the j is pronounced as a y in English, and the 'v' modifies the vowel, the result is the same.

Stroke your cats from me!


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Alexandra Goldburt
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So glad I´m not the only cat lover here! Jan 16, 2009

I see that cats world over say almost the same thing...

Anybody from Asia wants to join? From Africa (other than Arabic-speaking countries - thanks again, Nesrin!)? Other parts of the world not represented here yet?

Now, I'm off to stroke my cats at Christines's request...


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Alexandra Goldburt
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Christina, I envy you! Jan 16, 2009

Christina Paiva wrote:

I love cats too and have a bunch of them.

I also have dogs and get to see lots of wild animals and birds in the little forest we conserve on a little farm where I live.

Brazilian cats communicate as their Romanian relatives 'miau'. Dogs 'au au'

Now I'm trying to identify birds by their language and habits


Not only I love cats, but I also love all animals, forest and living close to nature - not to mention that Brazil is the country where I left my heart. I soooooo envy you!

Maybe I'll have a chance to meet your cats one day - if you let me, of course.


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Αlban SHPΑTΑ  Identity Verified
Albania
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Albanian cats Jan 16, 2009

...say mjau

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Penelope Ausejo  Identity Verified
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how many lifes do they have? Jan 16, 2009

And since we are at it... how many lifes do they have?

In Spain they have seven


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