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Animal sounds

Learn how to describe the sounds animals make in English.

In a speaking class today, we were talking about pets and when discussing dogs we got onto the words to describe the sounds that dogs make: howl, bark, whine, growl. The words that we use for the sounds of different animals are also useful to learn and are fun to compare with your own language.

Activities

1. Match the animal to the correct description.

Description  Animal
  1. a farm animal
  2. slides along the ground
  3. a water bird
  4. gives us milk
  5. a bird that hunts at night
  6. makes honey
  7. a popular pet
  8. a working animal that carries heavy loads
  9. an amphibian that jumps
  10. a big cat that lives in Africa
  11. a male chicken
  12. ridden for fun or in races
  1. A donkey
  2. A cockerel
  3. A bee
  4. An owl
  5. A cat
  6. A snake
  7. A cow
  8. A duck
  9. A lion
  10. A pig
  11. A frog
  12. A horse

2. Match the animal to the sound that it makes.

Animal Sound
  1. A donkey
  2. A cockerel
  3. A bee
  4. An owl
  5. A cat
  6. A snake
  7. A cow
  8. A duck
  9. A lion
  10. A pig
  11. A frog
  12. A horse
  1. oink
  2. hoot
  3. meow
  4. hee-haw
  5. hiss
  6. buzz
  7. moo
  8. cock-a-doodle-do
  9. quack
  10. croak
  11. neigh
  12. roar
Animal sounds. English blog post.

Answers

1. 

  1. 10 (A pig is a farm animal)
  2. 6 (A snake slides along the ground)
  3. 8 (A duck is a water bird)
  4. 7 (A cow gives us milk)
  5. 4 (An owl is a bird that hunts at night)
  6. 3 (A bee makes honey)
  7. 5 (A cat is a popular pet)
  8. 1 (A donkey is a working animal that carries heavy loads)
  9. 11 (A frog is an amphibian that jumps)
  10. 9 (A lion is a big cat that lives in Africa)
  11. 2 (A cockerel is a male chicken)
  12. 12 (A horse is ridden for fun or in races).

2. 

  1. D
  2. H
  3. F
  4. B
  5. C
  6. E
  7. G
  8. I
  9. L
  10. A
  11. J
  12. K

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