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List Of Animal Sounds and Their Spellings.

Today, we’re embarking on an exciting exploration into the world of animal sounds. Have you ever wondered why a dog’s bark sounds different in English compared to other languages?

Or why learning these sounds is more than just fun, but also a key step in language development, especially for young learners?

We have a list of over 60 animal sounds here for you with their spelling and how to actually make them with English sounds ( to the best of our ability of course!!)

your classroom may never be silent again if you put this up on the wall.

Which reminds us, we have this as a download as well in case you just want to do just that!

you can find the full list of animal sounds to download it after the list on the page below.

List Of Animal Sounds

List Of 60 + Animal Sounds and Their Spellings.

Let’s dive into this list of animal sounds and then after that we can discover their role in language and learning.

AnimalSpelling of the SoundHow to Say (Non-Phonetic)
AntelopeSnorthurr ghh
Apeooo aaaaOo-oo-aa-aa
BeeBuzzBzzzz bzzzz
Birdtweet, chirptweeeeet, tweeeet
DogBarkRuff, Ruff
ElephantTrumpetBrrr, paaaa woooo
flybuzzzzzzzzz zzzz
JackalHowl, yelpA-Ruh A Ruh
JaySquawkwark, wark
Jellyfishwho knows!blub?
LionRoarRawaaaa Rawaaa
LambBa BaMehhhh Mehhh
LemurEhhh EhhEee-eee
MosquitoesHummmmmmm mmmmm
OwlHoothoooo hooo
OstrichHisshssssss hssss
OtterWhistleweee weee
ParrotSquawkbwark, bwark
PigOinkhorrrk, horrk
Pigeoncookoooo koooo
RaccoonTrillrrrrrr trrrrrrr
Sheepbleatm’aiiir, maiiir
SnakeHissssssss sssss
SquirrelChatterchik, chik
sealHonk, barka-ruhhh a -ruhh
TigerGrowlGrrrrr, grrrr
TurkeyGobbleGobble Gobble
ToucanSquawkbwark, bwark
UnicornDon’t know but bet its greatlike a rainbow for the ears
VultureScreechwreeek, wreeek
WolfHowlah woooo
Zebrawhinny, neighhuhhhhhru

You can download this list of Animal sounds and their spellings on the link below.

The Importance of Animal Sounds in Language Learning

Animal sounds are often among the first sounds children learn to recognize and mimic.

This isn’t just adorable; it’s incredibly beneficial for their language development.

When children learn to say “moo,” “baa,” or “meow,” they are not just learning to associate sounds with animals; they’re also developing their phonetic awareness.

This early sound recognition is a foundational skill in learning to speak and, eventually, to read.

By playfully imitating these sounds, children start understanding the concept of sound patterns, which is crucial when they begin learning phonics and the alphabet.

For English language learners, animal sounds offer a unique and engaging way to understand English phonetics, making the process both fun and educational.

The song below is an awesome way to introduce both the sound and the phonic behind them!

A Worldwide Tour of Animal Sounds

Did you know that the sound of a rooster crowing is spelled and interpreted differently across various cultures?

For instance, in English, it’s “cock-a-doodle-doo,” while in French, it’s “cocorico.”

This variation is not just about language differences; it’s about how cultures perceive and interpret sounds.

Exploring these variations provides a glimpse into the diverse world of onomatopoeia – words that phonetically imitate the sound they describe.

It’s a great way to appreciate the diversity of languages and to understand that there’s more than one way to hear and interpret the sounds around us.

The Phonics of Animal Sounds

Let’s get a bit technical here. Animal sounds are a fantastic tool for teaching various phonetic concepts.

For example, the “quack” of a duck emphasizes the consonant blend ‘qu’, while the ‘moo’ of a cow demonstrates the long ‘oo’ sound.

These sounds help in teaching letter recognition and are a stepping stone to developing early reading skills.

For educators and parents, using animal sounds is an effective method to introduce young learners to the world of letters and words in a context that is familiar and engaging.

It’s a natural bridge between informal learning and formal education.

Fun Activities and Games with Animal Sounds

Engaging with animal sounds can be a delightful and educational experience, especially for young learners. Here are some fun activities and games to enhance their learning journey:

  1. Sound Matching Game: Create cards with animal pictures and separate cards with their corresponding sounds. Mix them up and ask children to match the animal with its sound. This activity not only teaches them about animal sounds but also sharpens their memory and matching skills.
  2. Animal Sound Charades: A classic game of charades but with animal sounds! One person acts out or mimics the sound of an animal, and others guess which animal it is. This game is fantastic for group play and encourages children to think creatively.
  3. Storytelling with Sounds: Incorporate animal sounds into storytelling. As you read a story, pause and ask the children to make the sounds of the animals mentioned. It makes the story more interactive and immersive.
  4. Craft Your Own Animal Sound Book: Engage children in creating their own animal sound book. They can draw animals, write the sound next to each, and even attempt phonetic spellings. This activity nurtures creativity and reinforces their learning.
  5. We have reading materials and games and of course the ever present worksheets for these as well and we have linked them in the text here, but also in the article to encourage you to buy some from us and help us keep going!

The best, most cost effective way ( teacher dollar’s need to be stretched we know) of getting these games is to pick up the 300 plus page mega bundle which is pretty much everything on the site! It has reading sets, games, phonics and more. You can check that out on the link below.

These activities are not just educational; they’re a gateway to a world of fun and interactive learning, making the process of understanding animal sounds and language more engaging and memorable.


It’s clear that these sounds are more than just fun tidbits of knowledge, and a great lesson!. They are essential building blocks in language learning, especially for young minds mastering phonics and developing language skills.

Animal sounds offer a playful yet powerful way to understand the nuances of pronunciation, spelling, and the diverse ways sounds are interpreted across languages and cultures.

Whether it’s through games, storytelling, or creative activities, these sounds open up a world of learning opportunities.

So next time you hear a child imitating a roaring lion or a buzzing bee, remember, they’re not just playing; they’re learning a language, one sound at a time.

I have been a teacher of English for over 15 years, in that time i made hundreds and thousands of resources and learnt so much i think its worth sharing. Hopefully to help teachers and parents around the world.

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