Just when you think that after living in the United States for a few years there is nothing else that can surprise you, you come across something new that strikes you dead. Apparently, it turns out that animals in Armenia and America speak different languages!
And how did I learn it? No, not through TV or books. I once called my husband a rooster, and he spoke some unknown rooster language!
To give you more detail, my husband always wakes up early in the morning, and by the time I get up he is already sipping on his second cup of coffee. And that was the case even before we had a daughter who wakes up every two hours to eat!
On one of those mornings long ago, while we were still dating, I called him a rooster.
“Cock-a-doodle-doo!” he said.
“What? What is that?” – I asked genuinely surprised.
“Cock-a-doodle-doo!”, that’s what the rooster says,” – he said, giving me the “Where the hell are you from?” look, surprised at why I didn’t know that.
“What? No, that’s not what a rooster says!”- I protested.
The reason why I was so astonished is because roosters in Armenia say, “Tsughrughu” – right, don’t try to pronounce it.
Growing up in a bilingual (Russian-Armenian) family, I was also used to Russian ‘Kukareku’ but “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” was something new to my ears.
“You really hear a rooster say that?”- I asked my husband and we were both laughing to tears.
On that day my husband and I further revealed to each other that dogs in America say “woof”, while their brothers and sisters in Armenia say “haf”; frogs in America say “ribbit” and I grew up knowing they say “kva”; American ducks say “quack’ while their Armenian species say “krya.” Armenian birds sing “tsiv-tsiv” and here they say “tweet-tweet.” I mean, how crazy is that?
We discussed the language of all the animals we knew. And the rest of them seem to speak the same language. Cows say “moo” and cats say “meow.” The only thing we couldn’t think of is what does the fox say? Oh well, I think we were not the only ones who hadn’t figured that out.