18/3/14

Preparing for the 'oposiciones': animals' cries

apes gibber (los simios chillan)
bears grunt (los osos gruñen)
birds sing/chirp/twitter/warble (los pájaros cantan/pían/trinan/gorjean)
bulls bellow (los toros mugen)
cats miaow/mew/purr (los gatos maullan/ronronean)
cocks crow (los gallos cantan)
cows moo/low (las vacas mugen)
crickets chirp (los grillos chirrían)
crows caw (los cuervos graznan)
dogs bark/woof/growl (los perros ladran/gruñen)
donkeys/asses bray (los burros/los asnos rebuznan)
doves/pigeons coo (las palomas arrullan)
ducks quack (los patos graznan)
elephants trumpet (los elefantes barritan)
frogs croak (las ranas croan)
geese honk (los gansos graznan)
grasshoppers chirp (los saltamontes chirrían)
hens cackle (las gallinas cacarean)
horses neigh/whinny (los caballos relinchan)
lions roar (los leones rugen)
mice squeak (los ratones chillan)
monkeys chatter (los monos chillan/parlotean)
owls hoot (los búhos ululan)
parrots screech (los loros chillan)
pigeons coo (las palomas arrullan)
pigs grunt/oink/squeal (los cerdos gruñen/chillan)
rabbits squeal (los conejos chillan)
sheep bleat/baa (las ovejas balan)
snakes hiss (las serpientes silban)
turkeys gobble (los pavos gluglutean)
wolves howl (los lobos aullan)


NOTE: Some of the verbs above are often used figuratively: the old man grunted a greeting to us (el viejo nos saludó con un gruñido); the sergeant barked an order at his men (el sargento le dio una orden a sus hombres a gritos); the wind was howling/roaring in the trees (el viento bramaba/rugía entre los árboles); steam was hissing out of the radiator (el vapor silbaba al salir del radiador), he howled with laughter (se rio a carcajadas, estalló de risa), etc.

MEMORY TEST

1.- lions ........
2.- horses ......
3.- owls ........
4.- wolves ......
5.- pigs .......
6.- doves/pigeons .........
7.- frogs ..........
8.- cats ........
9.- dogs ...........
10.- cows .........
11.- asses/donkeys .........
12.- birds .............
13.- cocks ..........
14.- hens ..........
15.- crows .............
16.- sheep .............

From my book Short Stories to Help You Increase Your Vocabulary.

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