We all know every language has their own words, but even sounds are described differently around the world!
Here is a list of 35 languages and how they translate the “knock knock” sound.
Albanian – “Tak Tak”
Bulgarian – ” чук чук” (“Chuk Chuk”)
Cantonese – 咯咯
Chinese – 扣扣
Czech – “ťuk ťuk”
Dutch – “Klop Klop”
English – “Knock Knock”
Finnish – “Kop Kop”
French – “Toc Toc”
Georgian – “Kak-Kuk”
German – “Klopf Klopf”
Hebrew – “Tuk Tuk”
Hungarian – “Kopp Kopp”
Indonesian – “Tok Tok Tok” (mostly said 3 times)
Xhosa (South Africa) – “Nqo nqo”
Zulu (South Africa) – “Koko”
Italian – “Toc Toc”
Korean – 똑똑똑 / “Ddok Ddok Ddok”
Lithuanian – “Tuk Tuk”
Mandarin – “叩叩”
Norwegian – “Bank Bank”
Papiamento (Aruba) – “Tok Tok”
Persian – “Tagh tagh”
Polish – “Puk Puk”
Portuguese – “Toc Toc” / “Truz Truz”
Romanian – “Cioc cioc”
Russian – “тук тук” (Tuk Tuk)
Serbian – “Kuc Kuc”
Spanish – “Toc Toc”
Turkish – “Tık tık”/ “Tak tak”
Urdu – “Khat Khat”
Venda (South Africa) – “Ndaa”
Vietnamese – “Cốc Cốc” *
*Fun fact; this is also the name of a popular search engine in Vietnam
What if I told you 400 words is all it takes to survive in a language?
To express yourself in a foreign language is never easy, but by learning the most basic verbs, descriptive adjectives and nouns you can cover most daily interactions and have a head start when trying to learn this language.
Together we have created multiple guides to help you communicate yourself in any language.
The main focus of this guide is communication. Grammatical perfection is something that takes time, but communicating is the basis of any language.
The idea is that these words can serve as your basic skill set from where you can build understandable and descriptive sentences to allow you to communicate yourself.
The guide is built from basic verbs and sentences, as well as nouns and adjectives that can help you describe things or people.
That is why we have included lots of words like “big” or “small”, “dark” and “light”, but also words like “more” and “less”.
From here you can describe things as “More big”, which may not be grammatically correct but it will in most cases be understood.
You can also combine words like “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow” with your basic verbs, so you can say things like “I go tomorrow”, which in some languages is grammatically correct, in others it is not, but it will always be understood.
We are aware you can not become fluent with 400 words, but the idea is to give you a good base for you can communicate and understand the most basic things. From there on you can get the conversation going, ask questions and learn more.
Learning many words or grammatical often doesn’t make sense until you actually need it, so when the time is right you can move on and research the things you think are missing in your communication.
Whether you just want to cover the basis or continue learning this language until fluency, these 400 words are a great start for you.
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Finnish has a reputation of being very hard. Maybe that reputation is deserved, but there are a couple of things that certainly don’t make Finnish as hard as people think it is.
Like many “complicated” languages like Japanese and Chinese, Finnish frees you from mind-numbing memorizations of gendered articles. Speaking of being gender-free, one word is used for he and she: hän.
The verb ending is renting constant across thousands of verbs.
It has similarities to Swedish: Swedish has a well-earned reputation for being an easy language to learn among native English speakers. In Swedish, boy is pojke; in Finnish it’s poika. The word for marketplace in Swedish is torg; in Finnish the word for a marketplace is tori. Swedish can provide a headstart for Finnish.
If the letter, vowel or consonant, is in the word, it is pronounced. This makes spelling a cinch. For this reason, spelling bees in Finnish schools are unknown.
Sort of. Many Finnish words can be constructed by adding suffixes that can address emotion, location, emphasis, and negation.
Bonus: Finnish is unlike any other language (I’m not looking at you, Estonian). There is an elegance and poetry in learning a language that sounds like nothing you have heard spoken before. Author J.R.R. Tolkien said, “It [discovering Finnish] was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me.”
This guest post was written by Matthew Brooks. Matthew is conversational in Finnish, French, German, Spanish and in his native English. Fluency eludes him in all things.