Some fun Friday language explorations — why do animal make different sounds in different languages? Why does a duck in America say, “quack quack” while in Japan it says, “Ga Ga”. The answer is that the words we use to describe animal sounds are abstract names for those sounds, rather than direct imitations of the sounds themselves. This puts the question into the realms of language (what sounds does this particular language offer that best lend themselves to describing the sound the animal makes?) and culture (which animals are important enough to this culture to justify having a name for the sound made?). Curious to know what a rooster says in Turkish? Watch the video below.