After Norwegian comedy singer duo Ylvis ignited the world’s interest in sounds that animals make with ‘What Does The Fox Say?’ other artists have begun exploring these questions more in-depth. English artist James Chapman has created a series of comics comparing how different languages around the world write down the sounds that some of our favorite animals make. This is his page.


The comparisons between languages are interesting, no matter what your native language is. Depending on what language you speak, some of these can seem pretty wacky. As a Ukrainian speaker, the English frog sounds pretty funny to me (Rabbit?). Ukrainian frog says ‘kum-kum’ or ‘kva-kva’, it depends on the frog’s territory origin 🙂 Mice, cats, and cows, however, seem to have inspired international consensus on the sounds they make.

So let’s learn today the animal sounds in Ukrainian using the James Chapman’s pictures!

Ukrainian dog says ‘hav’. – Собака каже ‘гав’.

Ukrainian cat says ‘niav’. – Кіт каже ‘няв’.

‘Miav’ – ‘мяв’ is also a widespread variant.

Ukrainian horse says ‘i-ho-ho’. – Кінь каже ‘і-го-го’.

Ukrainian cow says ‘mu’. – Корова каже ‘му’.

Ukrainian pig says ‘rokh-rokh’. – Свиня каже ‘рох-рох’.

Another widespread variant is ‘khro-khro’ – ‘хро-хро’.

Ukrainian sheep says ‘be’. – Вівця каже ‘бе’.


Ukrainian rooster says ‘ku-ku-ri-ku’. – Півень каже ‘кукуріку’.

Ukrainian goose says ‘ga-ga-ga’. – Гуска каже ‘ґа-ґа-ґа’.

Ukrainian duck says ‘kria-kria-kria’. – Качка каже ‘кря-кря-кря’.

Ukrainian owl says ‘hu-hu’. – Сова каже ‘гу-гу’.

Ukrainian mouse says ‘pi-pi’. – Миша каже ‘пі-пі’.

Most of English speakers grew up singing ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’ – and they aren’t the only ones; there are versions of this song in a number of languages around the world. It’s an important step for children to associate an animal and the sound it makes, it is a part of mastering their native language!

Here is a verse ‘An interesting farm’ for children about animal sounds in Ukrainian:


Dogs, frogs, eating, drinking, sneezing. Everything makes a sound!

Learn them all and fit in like a local in Ukraine!

Tells us then: what are weird animal sounds in your languages?

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Iryna Podoliak

In 2013, Iryna graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and got a Master's degree in Philology. She specializes in the methodology of teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language. Iryna worked with students from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Poland. She appreciates the opportunity of cultural and worldview interchange during the lessons. Iryna is interested in early learning methods as she has a little son.

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