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    What language does your cat speak?

    I found this list at http://www.georgetown.edu/cball/animals/cat.html

    MEOW

    Afrikaans: miaau
    Albanian: mjau
    Arabic (Algeria): miaou miaou
    Bengali: meu-meu
    Catalan: meu, meu
    Chinese (Mandarin): miao miao
    Croatian: mijau
    Danish: mjav
    Dutch: miauw
    English: meow
    Esperanto: miaw
    Estonian: nšu
    Finnish: miau, kurnau
    French: miaou
    German: miau
    Greek: niaou
    Hebrew: miyau
    Hindi: mya:u, mya:u:
    Hungarian: miau
    Icelandic: mjŠ
    Indonesian: ngeong
    Italian: miao
    Japanese: nyaa
    Korean: (n)ya-ong
    Norwegian: mjau
    Polish: miau
    Portuguese: miau
    Russian: myau
    Slovene: mijau
    Spanish (Spain, Argentina): miau
    Swedish: mjau
    Thai: meow meow (with high tone)
    Turkish: miyauv, miyauv
    Ukrainian: myau
    Vietnamese: meo-meo

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    I'm pretty sure my kitty has made ALL these sounds just in the past few days........ He's a compulsive talker and apparently fluent in many languages too! Indonesian: ngeong = a meow while licking his chops..... Korean: (n)ya-ong = a meow ended by a yawn.......... Thai: meow meow (with high tone) = just saw a bird or squirrel outside the window......
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    Great list !! And you are right , my kitties say "miauw" , which is Dutch !!!

    they also speak an unknown language (not on list ) ; sounds like :"MAW ? MAW?" it means : "whats up ?" or "Can I get some food mommy ?" Good that i am multi-lingual ...

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    Yeah, mine say it in German. But they know the Icelandic too

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    Juni says it most of the time in Romanian - miau, spelled like German (I guess, she would enjoy a talk with Tigris and Filou if their German and Romanian sound the same).
    But, as I said before, I am a translator and I speak with her in Romanian, Russian and English, some French from time to time and I like to call her Katze, like in German. OF COURSE, she understands everything, 'cause she answers back
    She must know some Japanese too, but it's not from me. She's getting along very well with Pikachiu as you can see

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    Oh Juni Katze, what a nice pic of you!

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    Ha - I LOVE the picture of Juni "kicking Pickachiu's butt"! And look at her ears in the battle position - she's taking no prisoners! Her color is so pretty; I like the gold undertones.
    The legend says that Mohammed adored cats. When one of them was sleeping on his sleeve and he had to go out, Mohammed supposedly cut off the sleeve so as not to disturb his pet.

    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast - Proverbs 12:10

    How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven. - Robert A. Heinlein

    What greater gift than the love of a cat? ~ Charles Dickens

    There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. - Dan Greenberg

    If purring could be encapsulated, it'd be the most powerful anti-depressant on the market. ~Alexis F. Hope

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    See how she "kicks Doggy's but"

    Yes, she is beautiful (is there a law forbidding to brag?)

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    It's no bragging -it's the pure objective truth!

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    This was a great thread!
    I'd like to add Zazou's Flemish way of asking attention:

    Flemish: Auw!!!

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    My Found Felines say MEEEOOOW but I think that its short for FEEDMENOW!!
    and I am misinterpreting!
    The fact that their food bowls are empty should have given me a clue!!!
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    My Sparkle says: Ne-OW? When she is hungry and wants me to put food in her dish! LOL, "will you do it NOW mom?" Not yet, Sparkle. (pause) Ne-OW? "Sparkle, hush, I'm busy on the phone!" (pause) Ne-OW? Okay, OK!!!
    Thank you Karen, for fixing my siggy!

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