Onomatopoeia in Czech language

Do you know how dogs bark in Czech? Did you know that "í ha ha" isn´t a sound of someone laughing? Can you imagine what kutululu stands for?

As any other language, Czech has a few ways of creating words. Meanwhile some words were made by compouding, some of them phonetically resemble specific sounds (onomatopoeia). Interesting part is that even though the sound itself could be same, Czech and English speakers wouldn´t probably use same words to describe it. So what will you hear when you visit a farm in Czech? Can you guess which onomatopoeia is used for a sound of someone falling down? Let´s take a look!

Animal sounds:


- kykirikí: used for rooster crowing
- píp píp: used for bird singing
- mňau: used for cat meowing
- haf haf: used for dog barking
- vrrr: used for dog growling
- í ha ha: used for sounds made by horse
- bůů: used for cow mooing
- chro chro, kvík kvík: used for pig grunting 🐽
- : used for elephant trumpeting
- bzz: used for insect, usually wasps and bees

Sounds of actions:


- bum, bác: used for a sound when something or someone falls down
- tik tak: used for clock ticking
- škrt škrt: sound of pencil skeching or striking
- (hupky) hup: sound of someone jumping (for example jumping into bed: hupky hup do postele)
- dup dup (dupity, dupity): sound of noisy walking
- blik: sound when light lights on
- pšt: hush!
- kutululu: sound of rolling
- ťapy ťap: sound of small animals or children walking

And that´s it! In case you were wondering what´s the Czech variant of yawning, we say zív. Fart sound is usually prd but Czech people usually like to be very creative so that you could get a bunch of very original responses as well... If you wanted to get to know more about how to say something in Czech or you were interested in studying Czech, you can write me a message. :)

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Checo
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Do you want to learn Czech and use your full potential? Let´s do it together! I will help you to: 1) Understand how the Czech language works so that you will be able to learn it much faster 2) Start speaking with confidence after our first lesson! 3) Build up an impressive vocabulary for every situation and show you how words are created so that you will remember them easily (did you know that the Czech word for November = listopad is a combination of the words list (a leaf) and padat (to fall down)?) 4) Finally understand grammar without years of memorizing grammar charts 5) Master Czech pronunciation (č, ť, ř - huh?) 6) Get all materials you need for free 7) Work on different skills such as writing to speed up your learning process 8) Finally stop sounding like a robot (which is a Czech word btw)! And also have fun! No matter why you decided to study Czech or if you are a beginner or advanced, I will make sure that you will enjoy your studies and stay motivated. If you can't fi...
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