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15.3. What noises do animals make?

Here are some animal noises in Japanese:
Animal in English Animal in Japanese Sound (romaji) Sound (kana)
cat neko nyāo, nyān ニャーオ, ニャーン
chicks hina, hiyoko piyo piyo ピヨ ピヨ
cicada semi miin miin ミーン ミーン
cow ushi モー
crow karasu kā kā カー カー
cuckoo kakkou hō hokekyo ホー ホケキョ
dog inu wan wan ワン ワン
fox kitsune kon コン
frog kaeru gero gero, geko geko ゲロ ゲロ, ゲコ ゲコ
goose ahiru gā gā ガー ガー
hen niwatori kokekokko コケコッコ
horse uma hihiin ヒヒーン
monkey saru kikii キキー
mouse nezumi chū chū チュー チュー
sheep hitsuji mei mei メイ メイ
sparrow suzume chun chun チュン チュン

Animal noises are usually represented in katakana. See 1.1.9. What is used for?. See also 1.3.2. How are animal and plant names written in Japanese?

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