How Do You Say FROG?


In the U.S.A. we say "frog" and "toad." How do you say them in your country? What are your words for "frog" and "toad"?

Send me an e-mail to let me know, dmmaki@MichelesWorld.net , and I will add it to this page along with your name (if you want your name to appear here).

To read the page with Estonian translation go to http://webhostinggeeks.com/science/michelesworl-dmm-et

Here are the responses I have received!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W


Aboriginal Languages

Hi,languages from I have some translations in a few languages... Woiwurrung & Bunwurrung (neighbouring Aboriginal Melbourne, Australia)... growling grass frog = nagarrert Regards, Serena :)

Afrikaans

In Afrikaans frog/toad is called padda. (Afrikaans is one of the languages of the country of South Africa. It’s a development of Dutch, as spoken by the Dutch Boers (farmers) who colonized lots of South Africa before the English got there. Adam Armstrong)  

Algerian

Hi,   I am Algerian. Frog is said "j'rana" Yamina

America

I am american and i say "frog" and "toad".

America: Cajun-French

I live in America and speak English, but I also speak Cajun-French, which is spoken in the state of Louisiana.
We have two ways to say 'frog' in Cajun-French.
For frog, we say
crapaud, which is pronounced crah-po.
We also call a frog a
ouaouaron, which is pronounced wad-ah-ronh. Ouaouaron also means 'ribbit' in Cajun-French.

Correction to your frog page....
In Cajun (acadian) American a "
crapaud" is really the term for a TOAD not a FROG. Frog is "grenouille" as in French Canada.
Cheers
Blair

Antwerpen

In Belgium also in Antwerpen we say to a frog een kikker.

Arabic

Arabic: Difda'
Bye Dan, Ran and Ronen

Aramaic

In Classical Aramaic, Frog is `urdana. Classical Syriac (the Aramaic language of the Syrian Church) also knows the words yaqrure, and some Aramaic dialects (Classical Syriac and Jewish Babylonian Aramaic) have the lovely onomatopaeic word 'aqruqe, 'aqruqta. This word has also entered some Arabic dialects as 'aqurruq. Nine pages of an article by the great Semitic languages scholar Immanuel Loew were dedicated to the subject: "Aramaeische Lurchnamen (Frosch und Salamander), in Florilegium Melchior de Vogue.
Best wishes,
Matthew Morgenstern,

Argentina

I'm Natalia. In my country Argentina frog is rana. But sapo is not the same thing.

Armenia

Hi,
>Here's the translation for frog:
KORD,
>and for toad:
TO' TOSH.
>Stefan

Aruba

Hi, my name is Anton. I am from Aruba, and my native language is Papiamento. In Papiamento a frog is called a ‘dori’ (spelled doh-ree), and a toad is called a ‘sapo’. Greetings from Aruba.

Australia

An addition for your say frog page, in Australia we say "frog and toad" as rhyming slang for "road". e.g. "hit the frog and toad" means "to get going". The origins of rhyming slang are Cockney, a British "dialect" of the working class. BTW, we don't use this sort of slang all the time! Mostly we just use regular English.  :-)
Regards,
Jessica

In Australia we do say 'frog' for frog however, for toad, we say "another government-introduced pain in the arse" or "practice for the 3-wood".  
Tony  

Subject: frog and toad
I live in Australia and we say "Frog" and "Toad" and it is the same with any other English speaking country

Austria

Frog and toad are "Frosch" and "Kröte" in German - the languagae spoken in Austria, where I live!
Quack-Quack!
Eugen

In Germany (Austria and Switzerlan) people say Frosch .
Barbara - a frog fan

Azerbaijan

Hi my name is Lala I'm from Azerbaijan, and in azeri aka azerbaijani it's  ''gurbaga''
Greetz from Baku (Capital of Azerbaijan)!

Balinese

Balinese:   "DONGKANG"

Barbados

Hello, interesting page by the way.  I was searching for the reason why in Guyana, South America and in Barbados we refer to a frog or toad as a "crapo" and now I know. I suppose now you have two more countries to add to your website.  Thanks for the education on frogs or "crapos" that is. :-)  
Respecfully yours,
Lianne 

Basque

In Basque, the frog is called "igel" among others words. The toad is "apo"
congratulations for your site carol

Belgium

In the north of Belgium and the Netherlands  a frog is called: KIKKER or KIKVORS in dialect (Flemish) we call it: PUID or PUDDE a toad is calles: PAD in dialect (Flemish): PADDE   Sincerely your's, Michèle from Ostend-Belgium

In Belgium also in Antwerpen we say to a frog een kikker.

frog = "kikker" toad = "pad"
Evie Lefevere Belgium

(Belgium) in poems or in Old Dutch, frog is sometimes called "puit"
Nathalie

Frog in Dutch means 'kikker'. The word toad means 'pad'. I live in
Belgium, and sometimes we call a frog a '
kikkerken'.
Cath :)

Hello. In south part of Belgium, we speak French like in France. So for us, «Frog» is «Grenouille» and «Toad» is «crapaud». In some Belgian dialects, «Frog» is sometimes called «Rainette» or «Ranette». 'Froggly' congratulations ! JC Montagne.

Brazil

Hi Michele!
In my home town Fortaleza/ Brazil we call
the little frogs (toads) "
PERERECAS" and the big ones "CURURUS".
Izabel (frog lover)

Well, in my country (Brazil) we say SAPO. S-A-P-O!!!!!
Many kisses, Suzana Vilhena

Hi, my name is Fernanda Cherto, I am 10 years old and I am using my dad's computer.
In Brazil we call a frog a "
sapo". And a toad would be a "rã" (yes, with that little "snake-like" signal on top of the letter a).

How is in portuguese?
Frog=

Toad=
Sapo ( Actually, Cururu, is the name of a special breed of toads)
Tree frog=
Perereca ( usually very slim )
Alex

Here we have many ways to say sapo, cause there's a lot of types...but frog meaning it's SAPO.
Kisses... Dri

There seams to be a little confusion in the brazilian way to say frog. In fact we have 3 ways of saying it. Tree frogs are called Perereca; toads are called Sapos (the most common Sapo cururu -a reference to the way they "sing"); and all frogs who live in the water are named .

My name is Adrian and I work with frogs down here in Brazil.

Britain

Hello, I was just looking at your website and thought I'd tell you that in England and well all of Britian we also just say frog and toad. From Haley

Bulgaria

Bulgaria: in Bulgarian frog is called zhaba (ZHA-ba) (same Cryllic spelling as Russian)  

Bunwurrung

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Woiwurrung & Bunwurrung (neighbouring Aboriginal languages from Melbourne, Australia)... growling grass frog = nagarrert Regards, Serena :)

Cambodia

Cambodia: In Cambodian frog is called gong-gaip  

Canada

I live in Canada and we don't say "frog" we say "rania" (ren-ya) which is derived from the Spanish for frog. For toad we say "toad"   (that's Coastal BC so it may vary in other parts of the country because I live in a very spanish culture influenced area)
God bless! ~Heather

I live in northern Ontario and am French Canadian. A frog is "une grenouille", a bullfrog is "un ouaouaron" and a toad is "un crapaud".
Renée  

Hi, in Canada we call them frog and toad.  But in Quebec they call frogs granouilles.                                                               Matt

My name is Blair Stannard. I come from Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Since Canada has two
official languages, English and French, we have two ways to say frog in Canada.
The English one you know.
In French, we say "grenouille" for frog. In this case, the l's are silent, so the word is pronounced "gren-ou-eeeee".

The double-l is . . . pronounced as a "y", so grenouille sounds like gre-nou-yeeee (with the e sounding like euuuuuuu!)... Marie-Michèle

Cantonese

In Cantonese, we say 'toad' this way;   "Tin-Guy." It means 'field chicken.'   By www.frog.cc (Steve Wong)

I live in Canada and I know a way to speak frog in Cantonese. It's
pronounced "ching wah"

Catalan

I am Pere Romaní and am Catalan, from Catalunya (Catalonia in English).
In Spanish frog is "rana", in Catalan "granota", in French "grenouille". That's what I know.

In Catalan frog is called granota and toad is called gripau  

Subject: catalan frog!
hello! i'm catalana, and we say "
granota", for a catalan frog!
kisses!
montserrat berges

China

Hi, I'm Wang Yuan from Beijing, China. In China, we call frog "Qing Wa", which can be pronouced as "ching wa". It has two characters.

 

Coast Salish

Well I am Coast Salish and in my language we call Frog "WEXES" BUT this is the saanich language which is called SENCOTEN . 

Cornish

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Cornish (Kernewek) ... frog = kwilkyn (plural: kwilkynyow) toad = kroenek (plural: kroenogow) or lyfans (plural: lyfanses) Regards, Serena :)

Croatia

My name is Andrina Cvitas-Penzar. I come from Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia - country on the Adriatic sea (part of the Mediteranian sea) in Europe. Currently, I live in Rochester, MN.

In Croatian we say "zaba" for frog. "Z" is pronounced as "s" in "treasure".

Czech Republic

The Czech for FROG is ·Z´ABA; 'TOAD' is 'ROPUCHA'. The word '·Z´ABA' is also used for a pre-teenage and young teenage girl. Good luck!   Marta

My mother told me the word for frog in Czech pronounced as zhaba. However, that is the Czech she learned from her mother who came to the USA around 1910. An English-Czech dictionary lists "zaba" for frog.

Denmark

I see you already have the Danish word for frog and toad, but the word for toad is misspelled. It should be "tudse" and not "tusse".
Regards, Henrik Bjerresø

Hi my name is Frogman  I am from Denmark...
So I just saw your nice page and here is how we say frog=
frø   toad= tusse        

Subject: Danish frog
In Danish it's frog fro

Subject: How we says like frogs in danish
This is how we do:
KVÆK- KVÆK..
KVÆK-KVÆK..
KVÆK- KVÆK..
KVÆK- KVÆK..
KVÆK- KVÆK...
to say the name ...
Frog = Frø... last letter ø is like oe
me

Deutschland

In deutschland-m.gladbach und umgebung heisst der frosch "Kickelter"

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic we say sapo (sah-poh) for frog or rana (rah-nah); for toad we say maco ( mah-coh)

Dutch

As you know already we call a frog in the Netherlands Kikker or Kikvors. The Dutch language contains many proverbs and sayings about frogs and toads. Kind regards from Holland (we very often say Kikkerland -Frogcountry, and frogs are usually named Farmer's Nightingales). Bart

From Tim
In Dutch
Frog = "
kikker" Toad = "pad"

England

In England we call a frog "frog" and a toad "toad".  Frogs tend to say "Ribbit-Ribbit".
Hope that's a help.
Roger

I'm English an we say frog, but we don't say toad often. Phil

Esperanto

Around the world, the six million speakers of Esperanto (the Universal language) have the word 'ran' (raahn) meaning frog. When it is a noun you have 'rano' when it is an adjective (I guess "froggy") it is 'rana.' And the verb "to frog" if such a thing exsisted would be 'rani.' A big frog is called 'ranego' and a little frog is called 'raneto.' A feminine frog is called 'ranino.' And the word for the ever-important "frog-man" would be 'ranulo.' Enjoy
-Eden Golshani

Estonia

In Estonian the frog is „konn” and toad is „kärnkonn”. Greetings, Piret

To read the page with Estonian translation go to http://webhostinggeeks.com/science/michelesworl-dmm-et

Ethiopia

Ethiopia: In Ethiopian frog is called enkurarit  

Finland

I have to add something to the 'finnish section'. Frog = 'sammakko' Toad = 'rupikonna' or informal 'ruppari'
Kristina from Finland

"Frog" is sammakko in Finnish.
@nu from Helsinki, Finland

Hello! Frog is SAMMAKKO in Finnish.

Greetings from Finland
"Frog in Finish is "
sammakko".
Jyri Vilpo

In Finland, we also say "groda", which is the Swedish translation for
frog.
Ingela

Flemish

My name is Peter Depuydt and my last name means frog in Flemisch (Belgium).

France

Hi Michele, I'm from Toulouse, South-Western France, in addition to French, the official language, we speak  local forms of Occitan which fall into two distinct classes of dialect in the Toulouse region (gascon and lengadocian). Occitan is much related to Catalan/Valencian. The Occitan name of Toulouse is Tolosa. Toad is "grapaut", frog is "graulha". Regards Gérard

My collegue Michele tells me that in France, to say frog, we say grenouille or crapaud (say crapo), she was very happy to see that so much people are interested in crapaud because she's fond of it. goodbye.

Hey,
I say Frog in Fra~nce life this
 Frog ~toads
cgcgcgcgcgcg
gggggggggggg

In France we say "Grenouille " for Frog [grenuj]
the plural grenouilles is pronounced the same !
Toad will be : "
Crapaud" [krapo]
the plural crapauds is also pronounced the same !
Marc

French

Here is how to say some frog related words in French from Kermit the Frog as told to Robert P. Riger on page 28 in the chapter "French for Frogs" in the book One Frog Can Make a Difference: Kermit's Guide to Life in the '90s:

la grenouille: frog le crapaud: toad

le têtard: tadpole ribbette, ribbette: ribbit, ribbit

(A friend just sent me a copy of this wonderful book, and I couldn't resist adding these pictures to this page. :-) )

You must not speak cajun french too well. I have spoken the language all my life and what you are calling a frog in french , crapaud, is a toad.  You, sir are bastardizing the laguage. Ask anyone who speaks french that is in the age range of 70 to 80 years of age and they will tell you that a crapaud is a toad.  Never the twain shall meet. Down here in Pierre Part we would call you a couyon.

Friesland

In Frisia (=Frysla^n/Friesland, a province of the Netherlands with its own official second language) we say (In Westerlauwer Frisian) kikkert (frog) and podde (toad).
Henno Brandsma

Germany

In Germany (Austria and Switzerlan) people say Frosch .
Barbara - a frog fan

Hi,
The German word for "frog" is "Frosch". "Unke" is the toad.
Greetings, Julia

Subject how we say frog in German
Hey, my name is "
Froeschle", which means "little frog" in English.
Susanne

Hi,
The German word for "frog" is "Frosch". For "toad", it's "Kroete" (with the umlaut "o in the middle instead of "oe",
something I cannot produce with this mail composer). (Ed: "Kröte")
Ekkehard

Subject: names in germany
Hi, my name is Thomas Frosch, some people call me "frogger" or "lefrog" CU, Frogger

Hi,
My name is Gerd and I'm from Saxe-Anhalt in Germany. In Saxe-Anhalt and Saxe we also call a frog "
Gegger".
Gerd

My word for frog is "Frosch"
I live in Germany.
 
 Juliane C.

Here is a frog fan from Bayreuth (Germany).
In Germany we say "
Frosch".
See you ...
Quak....

In Germany we say Frosch
hausmeister

I'm an American, but I've traveled to Gremany, and this is how they say frog.....frosh toad.....unke

Guten taq! Im from Hamburg, Germany and I say Frosch (frog) and Kroete (toad)   - Deanna Catalina ~ major frog lover  

Greek

Well the word frog in Greek is: "vatrahos" (the letter "h" sounds like the "h" in the word "happy". Maybe we could write it in another way: "vatrachos")
Koula

Gujrathi

Frog in Marathi And Gujrathi
Hello, I am pavitra. You call a FROG "BEDUK" in Marathi. You call a FROG "DEDUKU" in Gujrathi.     Cheers.

Guyana

Hello, interesting page by the way.  I was searching for the reason why in Guyana, South America and in Barbados we refer to a frog or toad as a "crapo" and now I know. I suppose now you have two more countries to add to your website.  Thanks for the education on frogs or "crapos" that is. :-)  
Respecfully yours,
Lianne 

Hawaii

Hi how are you?! Alllllllloha! ohh, the weather is fine it's great! Your grandma wants to know how to say frog in Hawaiian well it is Poloka which means frog or toad.
Lindsey and a Ms. Phillipe's class

Subject: frog
IN HAWAI WE SAY
FRUG (FR0OG)

Hebrew

In Hungarian Toad is "beka".  Since my name is Rebecca, and I adopted Beka as a nickname long ago, my husband (at the time my boyfriend) who is part hungarian made it quite clear that I had adopted a froggish name.   His brother takes great joy on the holiday of passover by calling me the Hebrew word for frog Tzfardiah, which was one of the ten plagues.   Beka Schwarzmer

Hindi

Frog In Hindi
Hi, I am Pavitra. In Hindi you call a "frog"  Mandek .     Have a nice day.

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Hindi & Urdu... frog = medhak (squiggly line over the e, dot under the d) Regards, Serena :)

Holland

I live in Holland. In Dutch, It's called "kikker".
your fan

My name is Annelies van den Bergh, I live in Huizen. That's a village near Amsterdam.
In Dutch we say '
kikker' for frog.

Hopi

Subject: frog names
While I am an anglo, I had the good fortune to work with a Hopi man recently and he told me that the Hopi word for frog is
Paakwa [pahkwah]. The double a is pronounced 'long', giving the first syllable the accent.
Stephen Nycz
Picture Rocks, Arizona

Hong Kong

You say frog as......bie. But you say it, going down in the middle, , because it could mean something else if you say it otherwise!
katie (froggy)

Hungary

In Hungarian Toad is "beka".  Since my name is Rebecca, and I adopted Beka as a nickname long ago, my husband (at the time my boyfriend) who is part Hungarian made it quite clear that I had adopted a froggish name.  Beka Schwarzmer

Hy, my name is Janos Foldesi. I'm living in Budapest, Hungary.
We use the word "
béka" for the frog and the word "varangy" for the toad.
Bye!

In Hungarian frog is "beka" (name is Irene)

Hongary: Beca
Bye Dan, Ran and Ronen.

Iceland

The Icelandic word for frog is froskur :) 
No frogs live in Iceland (apart from a few that live in captivity at the University, and provide biology students with eggs and tadpoles).
Kolla Kolbeinsdottir

India

From "WASOO"
In India, in Kerala, frog is known as "
makiri".  In the state of Madras frogs are known as 'Tavalai' . It is a Tamil version.

Hai, I'm Mohammed Anjum Sadiq from India and I usally speak Urdu language and in Urdu u say frog (mainduck)

Indonisian

I'm a Canadian-Indonesian that lives in Canada. Another word for frog in Indonesian is KATAK
KATAK BETUNG type of bullfrog
KATAK HIJAU
green frog
KATAK KEMBUNG
type of frog that can swell itself
KATAK KUAK
big horned frog  
KODOK PURU
is for toad or BANGKONG  
Lulu

Indonesian: "KODOK"

Iraq

Hi, My name is Al-Gaddid. I'm Master student and Lecturer in Dept. of  Maths. Ali is my friend and he is from Iraq, he is Master student in Maths. (with me). He told me that they say "Frog" like this "A'groog".

Ireland

A chara,
My name is Fiach from Donegal, Ireland, and I can tell you that the Irish for frog is
loscán.

Israel

Shalom,   that's 'hi'  in Hebrew.   
I'm yaara from ISRAEL and in hebrew we say frog like this: "
zefardea'a " and  toad like this: "karpada "                                      

Here in Israel we say "TSFARDEA" for a frog.
Wrote by the YELLOWFROG from the "palhod-shimshon"

Hello!! My name is Hadas and I'm from ISRAEL!!!!
In Hebrew we say
frog -
tzfardeya -òãøôö
told -
karpada - äãôø
So - bye bye!!! HADAS

In Israel, Hebrew and Arabic are official languages.
In Hebrew, frog is
tzfardeyah and toad is karpadah.
Sorry I do not know any Arabic!!!!
Eve Mangurten

In hebrew (Israel) you say "tsfardea" !!!

My name is Gidi. I live in Israel. We say frog as chfardea.

Italy

Hello, my name is Francesca. Another word for frog In Italian is "ranocchia". Bye and congratulations for your web site!!! Francesca

Hi, my name is Simona. I live in Italy. In my country we call a frog "RANE" and a toad "ROSPI".
From "Gori"

FROG is in Italian RANA

From Paolo Perotti
In Italy we say "
rana"

The italian word for FROG is RANA, and ROSPO means TOAD.
Fabio Castellarin

In Italian the word for 'frog' is RANA, and for 'toad' ROSPO
M. Beltrami

Japan

Hi my name is Thalassan and I live in Neyagawa, Japan.  In Japanese they say "kaeru" (KAH EH ROO) for frog (this can also mean "to change" or "to go home", though).  Toad is "gama", and tree frog is "amagaeru", which is made up of the symbols for "rain" and "frog"

Subject: Frog in Japan
I'm not from Japan, but I do know how they say it.
kaeru = frog. Thought you might like to know that. *smile*
feelin' froggie

Subject: KAERU=frog from Japan
You are right.We call them
KAERU or KAERU-SAN. (SAN is usually used as
I call you dmmaki-san (=mr.dmmaki) or you call me shimizu san)

This image of "frog" in Japanese was sent by Alex McGilvery.

 

Jersey

Subject: frog in Jèrriais
The word for "frog" in Jèrriais, the Jersey language is
raînotte. It's la raînotte (feminine). "Toad" is crapaud (the same as in French) and it's masculine lé crapaud. The people of Jersey call ourselves "crapauds" as the toad is our national animal.
Geraint Jennings

Kenya

In Kenya we speak Swahili, frog is chura.

Hi, I'm Kip from Kenya. Frog in my native language kipsigis is 'mororochet' while in Swahili is 'chura'. Thanks

Korea

Hi! You say 'Frog' In Korean like Gae Goo Lee. It looks like this.  

Latin

Latin: Rana
Bye Dan, Ran and Ronen

Hello! I saw you have the Latin for "frog" (rana) but not the Latin for "toad."  well, the Latin for toad is "bufo."  and I should know!
sincerely, semper bufo!

Latvian

The word "frog" in Latvian is "varde." Vera

Liechtenstein

Subject: Frogology
Hi there!
In Liechtenstein we say:
FROSCH

Lithuania

Hi Michele! My grandpa is LITHUANIAN. In Lithuania "frog" is "varle" - prounounced VAHR'  lyeh and "toad" is "rupuze" - prounounced RU'  pu  zhyeh. From, Molly

Luxembourg

Hi, I am Nicole Klein from Luxembourg and I would like to tell you that we in Luxembourg say "fresch" for the frog and "mouk" for the toad.
Take care, bye, bye Nicole

Lybia

Hi, I'm from African's Arab (Libya). My name is Al-gaddid, and in my country we say Frog like this " Jrana".

Lybian Arabic

In Libyan Arabic a frog is called "jarana."
Susan E. Benson

Maine

In Maine we call frogs froggies.

Malaysia

Inland Malay:   "KATAK"
Archipelagic Malay (Natuna Island):  "KUNGKUNG"

Hi,
I'm from Malaysia. In Malaysia the Malay called frog = "
katak"; toad = "kodok"; tadpole = "berudu"
ay_rol

Since Malaysia is a Multiracial country there are a few languages to say
frog.
In Bahasa Malaysia is = "
Katak"
In Mandrin is = "
Qing Wa"
In Cantonese's dialect is = "
Cheng Wa"
In Hokkien's dialect is = "
Kappo" pronounce as "Cup-po"
Regards
Sandra

my friend just open the the frog farm
in malyasia. in malaysia they call "
katak"
in tamil "
thavalay"
rgds,
a.lingam.

Marathi

Frog in Marathi And Gujrathi
Hello, I am pavitra. You call a FROG "BEDUK" in Marathi. You call a FROG "DEDUKU" in Gujrathi.     Cheers.

Mexico

From: "Solcom"
In mexico you say
rana for toad and sapo for frog.

Hi, my name is Vanessa Esquivel and I live in Chihuahua, Mexico. I would like to say how we say "frog" in Mexico. "Frog" means rana but this word is the female of "Toad" because "toad" means sapo so it is the male word.

Middle Earth

No one has mentioned middle earth-- frog is “cabor” in sindarin (grey elven) and “carpo” in quenya (High elven-- the ancient language)

Mongolian

Hi frog lover,
And here's how to say "frog" in Mongolian: melhii. The sound "mongolian frogs" make is "Vaag-vaag". For your language page, if you want it.  
Froggily yours, Ariunaa

Morocan

Hi, I'm Libyan and have a lot friends from Morroco and they told me that(more than one) they say "Frog" like this "Jrana" NOT "Z'rana" as in your homepage.

Morocan: z'rana
Bye Dan, Ran and Ronen

Native American

Hi. I've got data on "frog" from numerous Native American languages (most that
I know of had a number of words for different frogs and toads, but many were
lost due to language obsolescence and the lack of written records).
Interestingly, most appear to be sound-symbolic, with smaller pond frogs
having something like *wark as an underlying form (many ovbviously have
undergone historical changes). Compare the /w/ of *wark with f, /r/ with r,
and /k/ with g, and you can see that "frog" was probably also sound-symbolic
in origin. Treefrogs are something like *wek, with reduplication common.
Obviously a diminutive of *wark. Bullfrogs are less easily lumped for their
nomenclature, probably since the booming call is less easily phonemicized, but
low back vowels seem pretty common.
Jess Tauber
zylogy@aol.com

Nepalese

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Nepalese... frog = bhyaguto Regards, Serena :)

Netherlands

In the north of Belgium and the Netherlands  a frog is called: KIKKER or KIKVORS in dialect (Flemish) we call it: PUID or PUDDE a toad is calles: PAD in dialect (Flemish): PADDE   Sincerely your's, Michèle from Ostend-Belgium

As you know already we call a frog in the Netherlands Kikker or Kikvors. The Dutch language contains many proverbs and sayings about frogs and toads; if you are interested I can send you some. I hereby enclose some pictures of frogs in the pond in our garden; if you want to, you may publish them (no charges). Kind regards from Holland (we very often say Kikkerland -Frogcountry, and frogs are usually named Farmer's Nightingales),   Bart van Oijen

Subject: Toad in the Netherlands
Hi, The Dutch word for toad is "PAD"
Regards,
Jos van Uden

In The Netherlands the name for a frog is "kikker" en general.
Greetings   Jean Herberghs.   

We just say KIKKER in the Netherlands, greetings, Gert

New Guinea

Hi I am from Papua New Guinea, a country with more than 700 dialects.  We speak Pidgin English as a common language. In Pidgin English Frog is known as "Rokrok" In my native tongue Frog is called "Balele"

New Zealand

In New Zealand we say "frog" or "froget" for girls. hehe , Carol

Nigeria

Hi am Salamat am from Nigeria and I work with frogs for healing. Nigeria has many names for the frogs, but in side of the conutry, its called kuwadoo. Greets Salamat Babagi living in Belgium

My name is faco, iyakari estate lagos nigera,what we called Frog here in netive languge is "AWOLI"

Norway

In some dialects in southern Norway, a word used for frog is "trausk"

Hi,I'm half American half Norwegian. But I live in Norway. Frog in norwegian is frosk, and toad is padde, and they say "kvekk, kvekk". Kos og klem Nora = Hugs and hugs from Nora (kos and klem is to ways of saying hug...but it means slightly different things...)

I actually live in France but  have a Norwegian friend who says that frog there is "frosk" and toad is "padde"
I hope this helps, Martin

In Norway we say "frosk". A toad is "padde"
As for the frogs themselves, they say "
kvekk"...!!
Froggily yours, Andy, Tromso

OP-Talk

This isn't a real language but, I read it somewhere: FOP-ROP-O-GOP. To learn how to speak OP-Talk just spell out the word and after every consanant add the word OP and for a vowel just say the letter. 
hugs&kisses
Lauren 

Osage

Osage is an aboriginal American tribe [and language].  They occupied Missouri and the surrounding areas before the European settlers arrived. Unfortunately, the language is almost extinct.

"x" in Osage writing is pronounced like a rough "gh"/"kh", as the "ch" in the Scottish "loch". "t" with a dot under it is pronounced between a "t" and a "d". "p" with a dot under it is pronounced between a "p" and a "b".
(Here are the pronunciations for the words in Osage.)frog tse´biuka DSAY-bee-oo-gah
baby frog tse´biuka zhin´ga (lit. "little frog") DSAY-bee-oo-gah ZHEEN-gah
bullfrog tse´biuka ton´ga (lit. "big frog") DSAY-bee-oo-gah DOHN-gah
green frog tse´biuka to´ho (lit. "green frog") DSAY-bee-oo-gah DOH-ho
grey frog tse´biuka xo´dse (lit. "grey frog") DSAY-bee-oo-gah GHODE-say
striped-headed frog (lit. "striped-headed frog") tse´biuka pa gtheçe´ DSAY-bee-oo-gah pah gthey-THAY
toad nizhu´axage (lit. "cries for rain") nee-ZHOO-ah-GHAH-gay
horned toad gaxtho´e gagh-THOUGH-ay
tadpole hopa´nidse (lit. "fish-headed with a haunched body") ho-BAH-need-say

Pakistan

In Urdu, which is National language of Pakistan, Frog is MainDuck. Aliabbas.

Persian

My name is Mardjan, in my language which is persian, frog is ghurbaghe (prononce the same)

Phillipines

We, the Filipinos, called frog as..."PALAKA"!
PEACH

In the philippines in Tagalog it is "palaka", in Cebuano it is "baki".

Yes, the Tagalog of frog is "palaka".  On Mindanao, we say "baki" which is the Bisayan word for frog.  Here in the Philippines there are many dialects, and so, I'm sure, many ways to say frog!
Thanks,  Amy

Hello!
Greetings from the Philippines! I just want to add more on how we call frog in the Philippines...
We call frogs as "
palaka". We call tadpoles as "butete".
Thanks!
Kermit447 of Pocketbell

HI! In the Philippines, we say PALAKA.
Hanna

Pig Latin

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Pig Latin = ogfray Regards, Serena :)

In pig latin frog is rogfa.
Always loving frogs,
Alyson

Plattdeutsch

In Plattdeutsch (low German), frog is Pogge.  My name in Plattdeutsch is Poggemöller.
Vangie Poggemiller, ESL Instructor

Poland

In Poland  Žaba
Barbara - a frog fan

We in Poland have a word "Zaba" (pron. zhaba) for a frog and "Ropucha"
(pron. ropooha) for a toad.
Peter

Portugal

Like has been said:
Frog=
Toad=Sapo
Tadpole=Girino
And the tree (or bush) frog, which is called "Perereca" in Brazilian Portuguese, is called "Rela" in Portugal. It is called "Ranita" in Spain.
Cheers Israel

In Portuguese we call frog = ""*; toad = "sapo"; tadpole = "girino" *the tilde makes it nasal
A. Lopes

Here's how we say both frog and toad. It's quite similar to the spanish words:
frog -
ra
toad -
sapo
regards,
Sergio Azenha

Frog in portuguese can be either sapo or ra ... sapos are the big ones..ras are the smaller ones.
Claudia

How is in portuguese?
Frog=

Toad=
Sapo ( Actually, Cururu, is the name of a special breed of toads)
Tree frog=
Perereca ( usually very slim )
Alex

Potpwatomi Indian

Hi! My name is Kathy. My husband is a Potowatomi Indian (native american). In his language the word for frog is mukcako.It is pronounced mook-(as in look)-cha-ko.
Miqwe'c,
(thank you)

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico we say Coqi, pronounced Ko-kee. That is the sound the little green frog makes, Coqi, coqi, coqi!
Renee'
MsCoqui@aol.com

Romania

The Romanian word for 'frog' is 'broascã'; several frogs are 'broaste'.
'Toad' is 'broascã râioasã' or 'broascã rîioasã', which has the literal meaning 'mangy frog' or 'frog with scabies'.
Spelling and pronunciation: 'ã' should actually be an 'a' with a little v-shaped hook above it, which sounds very similar to the English indefinite article 'a' (as in 'a frog'). The 's' in 'broaste' should have a little cedilla underneath it, which turns it into a 'sh'-sound. The 'â' or 'î' (with a circumflex accent) stand for a vowel that is not common in English or other Western European languages. You can try to produce it by saying a word like 'food', but spreading your lips as if to say 'feed'.

Romania : for frog we say BROASCA pronounced (brwa-ske)

Russia

In Russian it is Zhaba.
Barbara - a frog fan

By the way-in Russian "frog"- "lyagushca" or "zaba"(big frog).

In Russian, frog is said "lyagushka", which roughly translated means "kicker", as the verb "lyagat'" means "to kick".
Hope this helps.
Geoff Cooper

Hi!
I saw that you have 'frog' in Russian, but I can add that 'toad' is "
zhaba".
All the best, Alexei D.

Russlanddeitschen

Hey we call frog in the Russlanddeutschen language "Krot", that is a very old language, a mix from german and russian.

Salish

I am a first generation Flathead Native. In the Flathead (Salish) Language, the word for frog is tmtama.

Scotland

I'm from America, but I'm a Scottish Gaelic speaker too.  I don't use the same word as Alex from Scotland though--I've never heard that word as far as I know.  In my dialect we say LEUMNACHAN.                                                                        

The Scots Gaelic for frog is craigean, the spawn is called glothagach.
Alex McGilvery
(This is an image of
"frog" in the Scots Gaelic in Ohgam runes was sent to me by Alex.)

The Scots-English term for frog is 'puddock'.
Blair Stannard

Serbian

Hi, my name is Vida. In my language which is serbian, frog is "zhaba" (prononce gaba like french "g")

In Serbian we say žaba - ž is pronounced like the g in camouflage. Toad and frog are the same. Usually just zhaba is used- but we can say žaba krastaca for a toad. A frog in Serbian says Krek! Krek!

Singapore

Singapore's a multi-racial country.
In the Chinese language, we say "
Qing (pronounced "Ching") Hua".
In the Malay language, we say "
Katak".
As for Indian/Tamil language.... Errrrr ...... I'm not that multi-lingual yet!
Cheerio,
Joanna

Slovakia

In Slovakia (Slovak Republic) we say (you use the same in Czech Republic as well) Žabka for a small frog and Žaba for a frog a toad is called Ropucha and is considered to be very ugly.
Barbara - a frog fan

Slovenia

Hello from Slovenia!
My name is Borut Hafner. I come from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
In Slovenia, a frog is called "
zaba" (pfonetic 'zha:bah).
And sound which a frog makes is "
kvak" (pfonetic kwaaaaak).

South Africa

Hi
In South Africa we say frog in afrikaans one of our official languages by saying
Padda as in paadaa
Thanx
Roxanne

In South Africa we say "padda" in Afrikaans
From "Johan Visser"

Southern American

Subject: How to say Frog in Southern American
I live in Mississippi and we pronounce the word frog as
frawg.
Anjie Price :)

Heah in TEXAS we call um FRAWGS.
Lee Brumm, Garland, TX.

Spanish

Subject: In my country we say...
"rana" for "frog" "honguito" for "toad"
This is Spanish.

Subject: Frog in Spanish
Hi, I've heard Frog said in different ways (depending who you're talking to). But usually "
Rana" is used. "Sapo" on the other hand is toad.
Chantal :)

Subject: Re: how do you say frog?
in spanish it is >>
rana<< pronounced: rah-nah
Caesar

Swahili

Hi, I'm Kip from Kenya. Frog in my native language kipsigis is 'mororochet' while in Swahili is 'chura'. Thanks

Sweden

In Sweden we say GRODA.

I live in the south of Sweden. The official Swedish word for 'frog' is 'groda' and 'toad' is 'padda'. In my local dialect, however, a frog´s called 'pugga', a tadpole 'puggepövling' or 'puggepirling' and mushrooms of any kind can be referred to as 'puggehattar', literally 'frog hats'. 'Puggehatt' can also be used as a derogatory nickname.  
In Jämtland (Northern Sweden), frogs are called 'frosken'.  
A strange traditional Swedish song goes as follows:   Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de Ko-ack-ack-ack, ko-ack-ack-ack Ko-ack-ack-ack-ack-ka   (The little frogs, the little frogs are a funny sight They don´t have ears, they don´t have ears, and no tail either Quack-quack etc)   This very popular song´s performed at Midsummer and Christmas, and while you sing, you squat and jump in a circle, either around the Xmas tree or the maypole.   Dunno what the frogs did to deserve this.   Paul

In sweden is the name of frog is "Groda"
Jakob

Hi!
I´m from Sweden.
in my country we say "
groda". The Swedish word for toad is "padda"
~Frida~

The Swedish word for frog is "groda".

Hi!
I saw that you have 'frog' in Swedish now, but I can add that 'toad' is
Padda.
Matilda Karlsson

Switzerland

In Germany (Austria and Switzerlan) people say Frosch .
Barbara - a frog fan

In Switzerland we say "Frosch"

Taiwan

I am Philip from Taiwan.
Do you know how to pronounce "frog" in Taiwan? In fact, it sounds same as China. We pronounce it as "
Chin-Wan". "Chin" means green and "Wan" is frog. But there are 2 languages in Taiwan. One is same as China, we call it Mandarin, the other one is Taiwanese. In Taiwanese we call it "Zwi-Geng" "Zwi" means water and "Geng" means chicken. So water chicken means frog in Taiwan. One reason is that people ate frog in the past year. There is a bmp file which shows you frog by 2 Chinese characters. I hope you like it.

 

Tamil

Hi my name is Sinthya I am from Canada in Tamil version they say tavali.

Tanzania

In Tanzania we call frog "Ekikere". This is Zanaki language. Also we call it "Chura". This is Swahili language.
Thank you
Emmanuel Ngega

Tetun

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Tetun (East Timorese)... frog = manduku Regards, Serena :)

Thai

In Thai, toad is called "kang-kok."

In Thai, frog is pronounced "kob." (phonetically, it's pronounced kohb, with a long "o" sound).  FYI.
Mylon L. Stark

Tobago
Trinidad

In Trinidad and Tobago (an island in the carribean) you say frog and toad "crapaud"

Turkey

Subject: Turkish of frog
Turks call frogs "
k u r b a g a " , It is clearly an onomatopoeic
word.
Selçuk Erez , MD. Istanbul

In TURKEY we call it """""K U R B A « A """"""""""""
Ali SOYLU
From TURKEY/ Ankara

We are say "kurbaga" in turkey.
bye

United Kingdom

I'm from da UK and my mates everywhere call me either FroggydaFrogster or DaFrogsta There
Thankz ppl
Emma xxx

United States

In The U.S. where I live we say "Frog".

Subject How do I say frog? The same way you do "Frog"!
By Karissa D

This is how I say frog in my country: Frog. My name is Shannon and I am nine and I live in Georgia.

Urdu

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Hindi & Urdu... frog = medhak (squiggly line over the e, dot under the d) Regards, Serena :)

Hai, I'm Mohammed Anjum Sadiq from India and I usally speak Urdu language and in Urdu u say frog (mainduck)

Valencian

Please allow me to say that Frog in the Valencian language is "Granota" and Toad is "Renoc". I enclose you some basic information about the Valencian language. I hope this translation & info will be interesting for close updates of your web site.
Many thanks for your attention, Joan Pau Merita  (Valencia city-Spain)
Collaborator of the PNP, Plataform of the Valencian language
 

Venezuela

I am from South America in Venezuela, and there the way we say frog is "rana" the "r" sounds like a cat purring
from Mel

Vietnamese

In Vietnamese, we say: frog: "con éch" toad: "con cóc" -Michelle-

Welsh

In Welsh, I believe frog is 'broga', and toad is 'llyffant'! -Ainge Swansea, Wales

The Welsh pronunciation of frog is 'Broga'. Welsh is the language of Wales (Cymru in Welsh), one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom aka Great Britain. It might also be worth noting that in the U.K. 'Frog' is used as a derogatory term for a Frenchmen, the term probably derives from the notion that the French eat frogs legs.

Woiwurrung

Hi, I have some translations in a few languages... Woiwurrung & Bunwurrung (neighbouring Aboriginal languages from Melbourne, Australia)... growling grass frog = nagarrert Regards, Serena :)

Want More?

 

 

See the International Frogs page at Frogland for more languages...
http://www.teleport.com/~dstroy/info/international/internt.html

 

 


Ogham Runes

Ogham runes were used by the celts. They were carved into stone or wood. The line down the midde represents the corner since they are read vertically down a corner of a plinth or stick. The various runes are also representative of trees, and are "cast" in order to divine one's future, somewhat like the i-ching. 
Ribbit   Alex McGilvery

Valencian Language

"The two official languages of the Autonomous Community are the Valencian and the Spanish.  Everyone has the right to know and use them."
Article 7.1 of the Statute of Autonomy of the Valencian Community. Approved by the Spanish Parliament and the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, in 1982 and endorsed by the Spanish Constitution. 
Valencian

The Article 7.1 of the Statute of the Comunitat Valenciana, which includes the provinces of Alacant, Castello and Valencia, reads:

"The two official languages of the Autonomous Community are the Valencian and the Castilian. Everyone has the right to know and use them."

The old Kingdom of Valencia was set up as an Autonomous Community in 1982, and the Law for the linguistic normalisation of the Valencian language was approved on 23 November, 1983 B.O.E. (Official State Bulletin of Spain) 20, of 20 January, 1984.

Legal and political status: The Statute of Autonomy of the Valencian Community (1982) specifies that the official languages of the region are Valencian and the Spanish. In 1983 a 'Use and Teaching of Valencian Act' was passed to encourage and spread the use of the language.

Idiom: The valencian is a ibero-romance language spoken in the Valencian Community, which is located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The Valencian Community has a population of 4 millions of people. There is three phonetically distinguished dialects: "Castellonenc or Salat" in the north, "Alacanti" in the south and Meridional Valencian or "Apichat" in the center region. 
 
SpeakersNowadays the Valencian language is spoken by 2 millions of people in the Valencian Community and in a small area of the frontier region of Murcia called "el Carche". The 54.5% of the Valencian population speaks the Valencian. It is the mother language of the 39% of the valencians. The 88.2% of the population understand it, but only the 17.2% reads rightly the valencian. (Studies of the CIS nº 2228 and 2241, Center of Sociological Investigations of Spain, Nov-Dec 1996, March-April 1997).

 

Return to Michele's Frog Page

Home Frogs Waterfalls Little Lulu Grandson Ryan

  Page last updated 09 Jan 2013.
Email comments to
dmmaki@MichelesWorld.net