Dutch Onomatopoeic Animal Words

James Schipper: Here are some Dutch verbs that refer to the noises that animals make. Let’s see how many you can guess.

1 –  balken
2 –  hinniken
3 –  loeien (oe is pronounced oo)
4 –  brullen
5 –  knorren
6 –  piepen
7 –  blaten
8 –  blaffen
9 –  kakelen
10 – krijsen
11 – grommen
12 – zoemen
13 – koeren
14 – mekkeren
15 – kraaien
16 – keffen
17 – janken
18 – huilen
19 – klokken
20 – snateren

It’s pretty obvious that you remove -en for “sound an animal makes” when you are trying to take apart the word. Look at the part of the word to the left of -en.

I’m hardly getting any.

1. Dog
6. Chicken
7. Sheep

That’s it. That’s all I get.

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3 thoughts on “Dutch Onomatopoeic Animal Words”

  1. 1 – balken – donkey
    2 – hinniken – horse
    3 – loeien – cow
    4 – brullen – lion
    5 – knorren – pig
    6 – piepen – mouse
    7 – blaten -sheep
    8 – blaffen – dog
    9 – kakelen – chicken
    10 – krijsen – monkey
    11 – grommen – bear
    12 – zoemen – bee
    13 – koeren – pigeon
    14 – mekkeren – goat
    15 – kraaien – rooster
    16 – keffen – small dog
    17 – janken – dog, wolf
    18 – huilen – wolf
    19 – klokken – turkey
    20 – snateren – duck

    I never see much onomatopoeia in words. Consider the sound that a dog makes. The verbs used to describe it are blaffen, aboyer, bellen, bark, ladrar, skälla in respectively Dutch, French, German, English, Spanish and Swedish.

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