Each Wednesday, we’ll try to post a word or phrase in one of our new languages (Slovak and Romani) that will give you a glimpse into the place we’re living.
There are so many interesting things about learning a new language, but one most fascinating at the beginning is the onomatopoetic words. Most of you remember from 5th grade that these are words we use to describe or imitate certain sounds – some examples in English include “zip,” “buzz” and “drip,” along with many animal sounds.
While we generally think of these sounds as being universal, they are not – in fact, ordinary sounds are heard quite differently in different cultures. For example, below are some sounds as Slovaks pronounce them: