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Do Animals Talk?

Updated on November 7, 2016
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Elsie has been farming all her life and loves animals, she likes sharing what she knows and experiences she has had with them.

Animals Talking

Animals can not talk like humans, but they do communicate with us if they are reared by humans and loved, they understand our way of life.

Animals make a wide variety of sounds, from the musical song of a bird, the howl of a wolf, clicks, and whistles of a dolphin and contented purr of a cat, or the bark of a dog.

We had a dog called trout, which would draw his top lip back and closed his mouth, and chatter away moving his mouth trying to communicate with me like speech, (I was the only person he would communicate with like that,) making different sounds, from a dog, not a bark, that would come out off that mouth, but I never made out a word from that chatting, but the funny thing he only started doing that after I left the farm for our son to take over, I couldn't take trout where we were shifting to, I felt awful it was as if he was begging me to take him home with me, every time I visited my son.

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Pet talking Pig. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Pet talking Pig. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Talking Pig

Many animals use one or a number of sounds, as well as other signals, such as visual displays or scent to communicate.

Humans can only make a guess at interpreting these languages

I believe that all animals can talk -- it's just that we don't understand what they're saying, but they know how to respond to all that is going on around them.

If a newborn animal never hears their mother, like for instance, we had a sow that gave birth to eight piglets, she died the same day, I reared all of them myself in the house, and from day one, they heard my voice and the radio which was going beside the fire, which help keep them alive.

They used to sing like the radio they had heard all day, they were quite good too, they never learnt how to make the noise of a pig, they made noises which sounded like the speech of a human, sentences, not single words, although we never understood any words.

That is because they never heard their mother ointing or whatever you call what pigs do.

The piglets used to be taken out from the shed, when they got a little older, as they never needed to be by the fire, we would put them in a wheelbarrow, they would stay in it and take the ride back to the shed, after they had been feeding in a pen all day, and never did, one jump out of the wheelbarrow, they knew they were going back to their warm night lamp, in the shed, that kept them warm all night.

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Why can't animals talk like humans talk?

I asked this Question in Google.

Why can't animals talk like humans talk?

I liked this answer after a lot of researching for making this article.

A couple of reasons.

The larynx and mouth of most non-human animals differ enough physically that they are not able to reproduce the same sounds that humans use to communicate, just like we cannot mimic crocodile or elephant sounds perfect.

We may be able to make similar noises, but odds are that crocodiles or elephants would not recognize those sounds.

The second part has to do with brain size and function.

Humans have a hugely developed cerebral cortex, and many areas of this portion of the brain have been associated with language functions.

Even animals with brains of similar size do not have a similar layout and therefore, are not capable of the higher level communication functions that constitute human language.

The third part is cultural, for lack of a better word.

Almost every animal (and plant) communicates in some way.

Those forms of communication evolved under different pressures and conditions than human language and serve slightly different purposes.

Which is to say that animals may not talk like us because they don't need (or want) to.

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Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at
Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at

Talking Budgies

Yes, male budgies can talk my father was very good at talking to them, I heard them responding many times and I could understand every word they were saying.

Why I said a male budgie talking, because my father was an expert at getting them to talk, but he never manage to get a female budgie to talk.

First of all, because the shape of their mouths.

Birds can be taught English to express certain things but they have no lips so it is difficult.

That's because they don't have vocal chords like we do.

Because of that, animals can breathe normally while they're eating.

They don't have to keep pausing to swallow.

very funny talking animals from the BBC

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Think Animals Talk?

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      ha mine does... she says owt!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks for the comment. very true animals do communicate and they are not as silly as some would like us to believe. I work with farm animals everyday and it would surprise a average people how well they understand what we are doing and how they respond.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I think they all communicate in various ways, and some definitely have "words" that they speak, or bark, or squawk, or whatever. Some species such as dolphins are known to have an actual language and use words though not like our words.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @ghoststorylover: Love it, that's one way of communicating for sure staring, at least she gets what she wants.

      Thanks for the visit, I appreciate it.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      Our dog stares at us when she wants something. Whether it it's because she wants food or wants to go outside to pee, she stares until we give her what she wants. It's too funny.

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      I agree 100% that animals communicate with people, just have to read the signs. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @robertzimmerman2: Thanks for visiting and commenting.I am sure that our pets do talk to us. I know I always talked back to mine, they always seem to understand and walk away with a smile on their face.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I read the other day how some scientists think dogs and cats were domesticated by selectively breeding the ones that interacted the best with humans. Maybe communication is part of that. Our cat talks to us all the time, and we talk back.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @PhotographicStu: Thanks for the visit and commenting, I appreciate it. I agree with you 100% on that also.

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      PhotographicStu 5 years ago

      yes i think they talk just like we do!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I think they do. The only problem is that they have a different language from human.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      My cat Maca talks all the time ;)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Oh of course they do. The problem is most of us do not speak their language.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh indeed they do, and I must agree with Julie, they can be much wiser than us humans.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yes indeed ... I do believe animals can talk and sometimes wonder why we act so strange and don't talk to them in animal talk.

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      Doglover5 5 years ago

      Yes, they certainly do talk, my dog answers back and complains bitterly when I ask him to sit, or stand etc when we do the odd training session. Its like he is saying I know how to do all this, what's the point, moan, groan and then we get the sit or stand. Great lens

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      My cat Cloe often attempts to talk. She's got to a point, where she'll jump up, and come running with what almost sounds like "hello Mommy" kind of like a little string of words she lets out with delight. Love this topic ... creative, and charming!

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      Sabre1000 5 years ago

      Our Alaskan Husky will argue with you. If you say something to her in a sarcastic tone, she will start barking and ululating at you like she's mad.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Animals are much smarter than we give them credit for some times. Yes, animals can talk! ~ Blessed!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Yes, 80% of communication is non-verbal. Any pet owner will tell you they have a good idea of what their pets are trying to tell us. I always felt a bond with all of my animals. Great lens!

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      Of course animals talk! My dog Casper had some front teeth removed, and now he talks in a lisp!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I have a cat that talks all the time. Not sure always what he's saying? But most of the time he can make himself understood. Great idea for a lens. Come on over and meet Kisser my cat.

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      Gerald McConway 6 years ago

      Great lens. My friends laugh all the time when I ask my cat a question and she answers right away. Great stuff!

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Love this lens. As for your question: Of course they do. I just wonder if they have anything more interesting to say than all these humans.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      They definitely communicate. Many are quite expressive.