How to Say “Rat” in Other Languages
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In many European languages, the word “rat” is similar to English:
Dutch—rat, ratten (plural); for a pet, ratje, meaning little rat, indicates affection
Here is how to say “rat” in some other languages:
Afrikaans—rot (pronounced with a rolling guttural “r”, as in Dutch)
Canuilla (Southern Calif. Indian)—qáwal, yuul
Czech—roof rat: krysa, Norway rat: potkan
Estonian—rott, rotid (plural)
Farsi (Persian)—mooshé sahrayee
Greek—αρουραίος pronounced a-rOO-re-os
Guarani (Paraguay River & Atlantic)—anguya (guasú)
Hebrew—Khulda or Achbarosh (these forms are equivalent, but the former is usually used for “pet rat”)
Kyrgyz (Kyrgyzland [
Lakota—Itunk Tanka (mouse large)
Latin—mus maximum (large mouse)
Nukuoro (a Polynesian language)—Gimoo
Romani (Kalderas dialect)—Sobolako
Swahili—panya or puku
Ukrainian—shchur (any rat) or patsyuk (wild rat)
Welsh— llygoden fawr (big mouse, llygoden being mouse)
Thanks to Andras Rajki for the entries for Cantonese, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Tagalog and Tatar.
Thanks to Helen Cullum for the Welsh entry. Thanks to Danica L. for Croatian and Serbian. Thanks to Olga for Ukranian.
Thanks to Gudrun Hoppe for the Lakota entry.
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