When I was teaching ESL, it would just blow my students’ minds that a rooster says cock-a-doodle-doo! in English instead of cocorico! I can’t imagine what would happen if I showed them this video.

Despite having learned French for over a decade, and living in a French-speaking country, onomatopoeia is one of those things that will never come naturally. For me, dogs will always say ‘woof’ and something painful will forever elicit an ‘ouch!’ rather than the French aïe!

It’s interesting how the language we speak influences the animal sounds we hear — but perception is reality, right?