Dutch Spoken Here
Last night Sarcasis asked if she should be concerned that the Cutie Patootie says "boo" instead of "moo" when you ask him what sound a cow makes. We assured the girl who once warned me quite sternly not to laugh and then asked if we were having "roast beef" or "roast beast" for dinner, that such mispronunciations are common when you are 17 months old.
This morning I was site surfing when I came across this link on this blog. It lists the words for animal sounds in different countries. Here is how a cow sounds around the world:
Arabic (Algeria): mooooooo
Chinese (Mandarin): mu mu
English (Old English): Oxa hlewð.
Spanish (Spain, Argentina): muuu
Thai: maw maw (with mid tone)
As you can see it is entirely possible that my grandson is speaking in Dutch or Hungarian. That would explain some other verbal exchanges I have had with him where he is clearly telling me something important and I am not grasping a word of it.
It also leads to these questions. Do animals "speak" differently in different countries? Do they have accents? Could we pick out a French duck in an American pond?