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Posted byu/[deleted]3 months ago

Multilingual people, what language do you speak to pets and other animals?

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I'm American and moved with my dog to Germany. I speak fluent German, but I always talk to my dog in English. It would be to weird to switch now. I have tried talking to him in German when we're in public, but he looks at me like I'm trying to hard.

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· 3 mo. ago
🇨🇦 N 🇷🇺 B1

I wonder where K9 falls on the CEFR scale

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Lmao this is hilarious

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· 2 mo. ago
Swedish N | English C2 | German A1 | Esperanto A2

Speak ULTRAFRENCH or gtfo

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When I went to Russia, I saw a guy giving his dog commands, and my first instinct was “that is absurd, dogs don’t know Russian..” and then a second later it hit me.

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· 3 mo. ago
🇬🇧🇮🇳|🇪🇸🇫🇷🇮🇹

LMAO 😭💀

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· 3 mo. ago
Swedish N | English C2 | German A1 | Esperanto A2

I speak Uzbek. Of course. Or Esperanto. The two god tier languages.

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I used to speak in Finnish to cats because people told me that it's good to speak to them.

I've since concluded that cats do not respond to human language at all and making any noise whatsoever will make them come, if they should feel like it, so I no longer use any language to them.

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cats do not respond to human language at all

A friend had a cat named "the cat". It certainly reacted to that specific word – at a party two people were speaking about cats in general, and whenever the word was mentioned, the cat's ears perked up and it kept looking at the last person to say it.

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They absolutely do! I found my cat on the street. He was very cat-like. One day I dropped a glass as he walked into the room and I shouted to him in my heritage language. He froze and ran out. I've come to figure out that he must have lived in a home that spoke that language before we met.

Years later he's a smug jerk who ignores me in all languages but that is another story.

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level 2
· 3 mo. ago
Spanish (a0.9), Russian (a0.2), Sweedish (a0.1)

you should try one of the whistle languages on them?

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· 3 mo. ago
En N | Fr C2 Br C2

I think it depends on the cat. The cat in this video seems to understand and express a fair bit.

https://youtu.be/RpvC1wc1Xuc

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· 3 mo. ago

Mine listen to my dog.

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· 3 mo. ago
🇮🇹 N | 🇬🇧 C2 | 🇫🇷 Je l'apprends | 🇪🇸 Puedo improvisar

Yesterday I was outside of my country. I was tempted to greet a dog, but I didn't know the language. 2 seconds later I realised that's a terrible reason not to greet a dog

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So my mother tongue is Marathi which I solely spoke to about 3, before I started being surrounded my English speakers in school (my thought language is now English.) My parents both talk to eachother in hindi and to me and my sister in Marathi, but I (unlike my sister) just reply in English. Even though I pretty much always speak English even though my family member don't on a daily basis, for absolutely no reason I can think of I only speak Marathi to our dog. Fun thing is now she is better at replying to commands in marathi

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With me, it was almost the opposite! My parents spoke Hindi and Marathi to each other when I was younger, but they always spoke English to me. I always replied to them in English. Because of that, I had been growing up speaking just English. Now that I'm older, I can still understand them when they're spoken, but I can't really speak them. Some years ago, I got an interest in learning languages. I really want to learn how to speak them now, but I'm not sure how to do it!

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· 3 mo. ago
🇺🇸 N | 🇪🇸 B2 | 🇯🇵 N2

I also used to speak to my dog in Marathi as a kid! Except I am v v diaspora, and don't actually speak Marathi, so it was mostly just me calling the dog kootra and throwing in whatever random Marathi words I knew lol

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I’m mostly monolingual (trying to learn German but very much not fluent). I used to speak to my dogs in German to practice (they don’t listen to me well in English most of the time anyway so it didn’t matter much).

My boyfriend’s family dog is bi-lingual because his parents are Indian and the dog lived in India most of its life. It understands Punjabi and English commands but in English it’s hard for him to understand without a heavy Indian accent. So I have to put on an Indian accent to speak to the dog in English. Feels a little wrong but otherwise he doesn’t understand me.

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