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How To Say ‘Knock Knock’ in 35 Languages

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”

Arabic (Morocco) – “Dak Dak”

Arabic (Syria) – “Taq Taq” / “Taa Taa”

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

Resources

Learn Spanish in 400 Words

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.

At The Foreign Language Collective we have created a list of the 400 most basic words and have asked people in our community to translate them to their native 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.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor why use many words when a few will do

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 basics or continue learning this language until fluency, these 400 words are a great start for you.

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Minority Languages

The Slovak Sound Foreigners Can’t Pronounce

Learning a new language is always difficult. You have to learn a completely new form of expressing yourself.

My personal experience learning this new language was quite funny. I learned Slovak language during an exchange year; so most of my learning consisted in listening to conversations and repeating the words I understood and remembered. But as in every language there was a catch.

Slovak language like a lot of Slavic languages has letters or sounds that for Latin speakers could be very very difficult to pronounce and vice versa.

One example of this is the letter “Ť” that sounds like a combination between t and q so the sound which can be a real challenge for a non Slavic speaker, and a Latin speaker is probably going to pronounce it the wrong way, usually is a combination with t and ch. For Slavic speakers it’s quite funny how Latin speaker pronounce this letter or sound.

In the opposite case Slavic speakers tend to have a problem pronouncing a lot of vowels smoothly because their languages consist on a lot of consonants together, so when they speak Spanish for example they tend to pronounce the consonants really hard and for Spanish speaker sounds also funny.

Like this there are a lot of sounds in Slavic languages that are quite hard to pronounce, but what is actually really hard to learn are all the terminations for each word. What I mean is that in Spanish the variation of the words depends only in quantity and gender. For example a group of girls is niñas while a single girl is niña and a group of boys niño and a single boy is niño. As you can see it doesn’t change a lot, but in Slovak language they have seven different terminations, which I still don’t quite know when to use or not, and it’s also really funny for them because sometimes I keep using the wrong termination. An example maybe can be your own name. I will make a table of how to say something in Spanish and Slovak

Phrase Spanish Slovak
I’m going with Regina Voy con Regina Ídem s Reginou
Regina’s brother El hermano de Regina Reginin brat
Regina’s sister La hermana de Regina Reginina sestra
Regina’s phone El móvil de Regina Reginini Mobil
We are going for Regina Vamos por Regina Ideme po Reginu

 

This is just a tiny bit of what Slovak language is, it is quite difficult to learn, especially if you have never even heard it before, but it’s also a very interesting language. 

I can’t say I know how to speak it fluently because I don’t, I would say I can decently communicate; but trying to learn this language has been one of the biggest challenges in my life, but I love challenges and learning.

If you are looking for learning a challenging language I would totally recommend you any Slavic option being these Czech, Polish, Slovak, Serbian, etc. because also afterwards you will be able to understand a bit of each it so it will be pretty cool.

If you are currently learning a very different language from yours don’t sweat it, it is normal to mispronounce things and it may take some practice to get it right, but also people will really love that you speak in their language. They will totally love it, as Nelson Mandela said

 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that’ll go to his head. If you talk to a man in his language, that’ll go to his heart.”

 

Written by Regina Vidrio A.