Pronunciation Of The Names Of Animals In English

In English, one of the most common categories we see in daily life is animal names. Even if you have learned the animal names correctly, if you do not know the pronunciation properly, you may be misunderstood or you may not even understand anyone. The list below includes different species of animals like; pets, wild animals, farm animals, mammals, etc. By categorizing animals in this way, you can put them in your visual memory, and make them permanent in your brain. In addition to their names in English and meanings in Turkish, their pronunciations are based on British accent.

Animal Names, Meanings and Pronunciations

  • Pets

We run into mostly these animal species in our daily lives. Both in houses and on the streets, we encounter with pets. Thus, even when you start practicing English for the first time, you will have some dialogues with native people including the names of the pets.

Dog: Köpek /dɒɡ/ dog

Puppy: Yavru köpek /ˈpʌp.i/ papi

Turtle: Kaplumbağa /ˈtɜː.təl/ törtle

Rabbit: Tavşan /ˈræb.ɪt/ rebit

Parrot: Papağan /ˈpær.ət/ perıt

Cat: Kedi /kæt/ ket

Kitten: Yavru kedi /ˈkɪt.ən/ kitın

Goldfish: Süs balığı /ˈɡəʊld.fɪʃ/ goldfiş

Mouse: Fare /maʊs/ maus

Hamster /ˈhæm.stər/ hemstır

  • Farm Animals

The places that we encounter these animals are stores which differs from the pets’. You are in a supermarket in a foreign country and you need to buy a slice of cow meat. But the staff may not understand you if you say “kow” or “cow” instead of “kaaw”. At this very point, you should check the list we prepared that includes farm animals’ names and their pronounciations for you.

Cow: İnek /kaʊ/ kaav

Duck: Ördek /dʌk/ dak

Shrimp: Karides /ʃrɪmp/ şırimp

Pig: Domuz /pɪɡ/ pig

Goat: Keçi /ɡəʊt/ got

Crab: Yengeç /kræb/ kreb

Bee: Arı /biː/ bii

Sheep: Koyun /ʃiːp/ şiip

Fish: Balık /fɪʃ/ fiş

Turkey: Hindi /ˈtɜː.ki/ törkiy

Dove: Güvercin /dʌv/ dav

Chicken: Tavuk /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ çikın

Horse: At /hɔːs/ hors

  • Birds

There might be hundreds of birds that we haven’t even heard of. But there are some birds that you want to adopt, and sometimes you just want to sit in front of them and have a chat. From parrot to sparrow, from pigeon to seagull… The fact that the birds make a notable part  of our conversations is an inevitable truth. In fact, you want to start a conversation with your new foreign friend but you don’t know how to begin? You can start the conversation by telling them a different and interesting fact like, woodpecks can differentiate their other pecker friends from their voices.

Crow: Karga /krəʊ/ kraw

Peacock: Tavuskuşu /ˈpiː.kɒk/ pikak

Sparrow: Serçe /ˈspær.əʊ/ sparov

Pigeon: Güvercin /ˈpɪdʒ.ən/ picın

Hawk: Şahin /hɔːk/ howk

Bald eagle: Kel Kartal /ˌbɔːld ˈiː.ɡəl/ bold igıl

Parrot: Papağan /ˈpær.ət/ perıt

Flamingo /fləˈmɪŋ.ɡəʊ/ flamingo

Seagull: Martı /ˈsiː.ɡʌl/ sigall

Ostrich: Devekuşu /ˈɒs.trɪtʃ/ ostriç

Blackbird: Karatavuk /ˈblæk.bɜːd/ blek börd

Robin: Narbülbülü /ˈrɒb.ɪn/ robin

Swan: Kuğu /swɒn/ swen

Owl: Baykuş /aʊl/ awl

Woodpecker: Ağaçkakan /ˈwʊdˌpek.ər/ wudpekır

  • Mammals

We can touch upon the category that we see the most on TV shows, movies, but most importantly on documentaries. The documentaries watched in native languages are always more enjoyable. And if you could reach a good the level İn English you can watch them without subtitles, there is nothing better than that feeling. Especially in documentaries, as they mention a lot of mammals, you should master the pronunciations after memorizing their meanings. You can reach the most common mammals’ list below.

Lion: Aslan /ˈlaɪ.ən/ layın

Panda /ˈpæn.də/ penda

Walrus: Denizayısı /ˈwɔːl.rəs/ wolrus

Otter: Su samuru /ˈɒt.ər/ ottır

Kangaroo: Kanguru /ˌkæŋ.ɡərˈuː/ kenguru

Monkey: Maymun /ˈmʌŋ.ki/ manki

Mole: köstebek /məʊl/ mol

Elephant: Fil /ˈel.ɪ.fənt/ elefınt

Giraffe: Zürafa /dʒɪˈrɑːf/ cireef

Fox: Tilki /fɒks/ foks

Hedgehog: Kirpi /ˈhedʒ.hɒɡ/ hechog

Deer: Geyik /dɪər/ diır

Ox: Öküz      /ɒks/ ox

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  • Wild Animals

Now it’s the turn of the other animal species we see the most in documentaries: wild animals. Learning especially these animals’ names is crucial. Because let’s assume that you are in a rural area, and your friend is warning you against a snake. In this situation, if you don’t know the pronunciation, it can be deadly. In the same way, if your friends yell at you “Bear” (beır) and you confuse it with “Beer” (biır), it can end tragically either.

Camel: Deve /ˈkæm.əl/ kemıl

Starfish: Denizyıldızı /ˈstɑː.fɪʃ/ starfiş

Alligator: Timsah /ˈæl.ɪ.ɡeɪ.tər/ elegeytır

Tiger: Kaplan /ˈtaɪ.ɡər/ taygır

Bear: Ayı /beər/ beır

Raccoon: Rakun /rækˈuːn/ rakuun

Crocodile: Timsah /ˈkrɒk.ə.daɪl/ krokodayl

Dolphin: Balina /ˈdɒl.fɪn/ dolfin

Snake: Yılan /sneɪk/ snek

Elk: Kanada Geyiği /elk/ elk

Gorilla: Goril /ɡəˈrɪl.ə/ gorilla

Bat: Yarasa /bæt/ bet

Hare: Yabani tavşan /heər/ her

Toad: Karakurbağası /təʊd/ tod

Frog: Kurbağa /frɒɡ/ frog

Rat: Sıçan /ræt/ ret

Badger: Porsuk /ˈbædʒ.ər/ becır

Lizard: Kertenkele /ˈlɪz.əd/ lizırd

Whether it is in a documentary or it is in our daily lives, animals’ names consist of most of our daily conversations as long as we live. From the kind of meat you eat, to the milk you want to drink. At this point, to behave wiser, to differentiate the wrong from the correct, not to think like “What was the meaning of that?”, you should thoroughly keep this list on your mind. And for the other words we often encounter in daily life, don’t forget to check out the archive of English Ninjas.

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