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Off topic: Animal sounds around the world
Thread poster: Triston Goodwin

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Spanish to English
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Jul 12, 2014

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We just saw this on facebook and thought we should share. We only got two right.


Sylvie Chartier  Identity Verified
Member (2010)
English to French
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I did I do... Jul 12, 2014

I manage to get 3 rights.


Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:30
Japanese to English
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... Jul 13, 2014

5 of 5 correct, although the Korean and Chinese sounds were almost identical to the Japanese versions so I guess it's a little biased for me.

Almost missed the Spanish one.


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:30
English to Portuguese
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It used to puzzle me... Jul 13, 2014

... knowing that pigs do "oinc" or "oink" in most languages, what would prevent them from doing something that would sound like "wank" in EN-UK, if they did "oink" in French.

Two fellow FR translators I asked said they didn't know. The third one did.

The French cochons (= pigs) wear an umlaut. In FR it's "oïnc" for them. Très chic!


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