… moo. At least, she does if you live in the U.S.A. or other English-speaking nations. Parahs in Israel can easily communicate in Hebrew, as they also say moo. If you live in France, your Vache says Meuh; in Japan, the Ushi says mo-mo, and her cousin the Ghwaa in Afghanistan says moo-moo. The German Kuh prefers to say simply: mu. No matter how you spell the word, cows speak a pretty universal language.
Learning this was actually a happy accident for me – a teachable moment I earned myself when I was researching cows and their related objects for a collections presentation. Cows are readily recognized by children – even those just beginning to recognize animal names and noises know cows say “moo”. I thought it would be fun to present each cow object with its native name and voice. Continue reading