Täglich hören wir tausende unterschiedliche Töne. Aber wir vergessen oft, dass viele dieser Töne eine Geschichte haben und das Produkt einer nationalen Kultur sind. Ein aufmerksamer Zuhörer wird feststellen, dass unterschiedliche Länder auch unterschiedliche Töne und Klänge haben. Das Geräusch einer Polizeisirene beispielsweise variiert von einem Land zum anderen. Die Glocken der großen europäischen Kathedralen haben nicht alle denselben Klang. Und wenn Sie aufmerksam auf die Tonsignale in der U-Bahn achten, werden Sie ebenfalls Unterschiede bemerken. In dieser Kategorie geht es genau um diese kleinen alltäglichen Besonderheiten.

European Cockcrows

There is much to be learned from a single animal actually. The cock, for instance makes undoubtedly exactly the same sound all over Europe when he crows. But surprisingly European people do not hear the same onomatopoeia as they listen to him, and consequently do not translate it the same way in letters. This constitutes the funny list above with every European cockcrow, accompanied by some explanations on the importance of this animal in every country. If you want to hear the pro[…]

European Sneezes
Mini - European sneeze

 Achoo! Atchoum! Hatschi! Etcì! Why does the same body reaction produces different sounds all over Europe? This is funny and entertaining to notice that all Europeans use a different onomatopeia to transcribe into words the act of sneezing. This shows the creativity of our languages. And all Europeans do not tend to answer the same way after someone sneezes. For religious reasons, some will reply “Jesus”, “God Bless You” or even “may God put a blanket over you” after sneezing ; others will just answer “to your health”, “health” or “be healthy” and others will just say “wealthiness”, “beauty” or “to your wis […]

European Disgusts

Mini - Disgusts  Beurk! Yuck! Eca! Bleah! Disgust is experienced primarily in relation to the sense of taste (either perceived or imagined), and secondarily to anything which causes a similar feeling by sense of smell, touch, or vision. Researchers found that the emotion of disgust has evolved as a response to offensive foods that may cause harm to the organism. Experiences even showed that human beings naturally express disgust in reactions to mouldy milk or contaminated meat. To some extend, it is then somehow funny to discover that all European languages developed their own words to express disgust in front of a dirty mark, a distasteful meal or a horrible smell.  This led to a great diversity […]

European Screams

The old continent has experienced many centuries of wars and self destruction. Europeans share consequently a common history of suffering and pain. But when pain is being transcribed into words, it is interesting to notice that citizens in Europe don’t share the same expressions. Ache is not a sound in itself, but every culture needed to put this feeling into words to define this internal experience. It comes to the following list of interjections used in Europe when somebody screams because of pain. If “Au” tends to be the most common, many other forms coexist to express one’s soreness in all parts of the continent […]

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