Elephant - any way you say it


Language &/or Nation Phonetic Word (Romanized) Notes Source
Afrikaans olifant x [2]
Arabic fel   [sound = feel] [21]
Armenian piugh [sound = pee oogh] [22]
ASL - American Sign Language   [shown is finger spelling. Actually use a hand movement. see 37] [37]
Azerbaijani fil x [28]
Basque elefante x [1]
Belorussian slon x [28]
Braille elephant   x [38]
Bulgarian slon x [3, 28]
Cambodian domrey x [23]
Catalan elefante x [1]
Chinese [sound = XIANG (see-AHng)] [13,41]
Croatian slon x [28]
Cypress elefantas,   x [33]
Czech slon x [1, 28]
Danish elefant x [1]
Dutch olifant x [1]
English elephant x [na]
Esperanto elefanto x [42]
Estonian elevant x [4]
Farsi feel,   (transliteration) [34]
Finnish elefantti, norsu x [5]
French éléphant x [40]
Gaelic, Irish eilifint x [15]
Gaelic, Manx elefant x [15]
Gaelic, Scottish ailbhean x [15]
Galego (Spain) elefante x [na]
German elefant x [1]
Greek elefantas, feel,   x [na]
Hebrew peel, feel,   (transliteration)(also see Yiddish) [18]
Hindi hathi [sound = haw tee] [24]
Hmong ntxhw [sound = tus] [6]
Icelandic fill x [14]
Indonesian gajah x [7]
Italian elefante x [1]
Japanese zo (Romanized) [29]
Javanese gajah x [10]
Kazak pil x [28]
Khowar fil (Farsi) [11]
Kikuyu ndovu x [25]
Kiribati erebanti [sound = erebansh ?] [16]
Korean kokiri,   (transliteral, koh k(g)ih ri) [20]
Latin 1 elephanten x [1]
Latin 2 barrus, elephantus x [2]
Latvian zilonus x [1]
Lithuanian dramblys x [28]
Lugha indofu x [25]
Macedonian slon x [28]
Madagascar elefanta x [27]
Magyar (Hungarian) elefánt x [1]
Maori arewhana x [8]
Morse Code elephant   [Click speaker to HEAR]  [36]
Norwegian elefant x [9]
Pashtu pil x [11]
Polish slon x [19, 28]
Portuguese elefante x [1]
Romanian elefant x [26]
Russian (Cyrillic) slon   (Romanized) [19, 28]
Semaphore Flags x [39]
Serbian slon x [28]
Signal Flags x [35]
Slovak slon x [28]
Slovenian slon x [28]
Spanish elefante x [1]
Sri Lanka aliya, atha, hasthiya x [30]
Swahili tembo or ndovo x [17]
Ukrainian slon x [28]
Urdu haathi x [12]
Uzbek pheel x [31]
Vietnamese con voi x [32]
Yiddish helfond (transliteration) [18]


Sources & Notes on Translations
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1. from Logos Dictionary at http://www.logos.it
2. from Travlang's at http://dictionaries/travalang.com
3. from Rechnik: Bulgarian Dictionary at http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/
4. from English-Estonian Dictionary at http://www.ibs.ee
5. from Mofile Place Dictionary Page at http://www.mofile.fi/ Our query returned both words as nouns in Finnish. The English-Finnish dictionary at Travlang returned only 'norsu'.
6. from English-Hmong Dictionary at http://ww2.saturn.stpaul.k12.mn.us/Hmong/Dictionary/Eng-Hmong/eWords.html
7. from Kamus Indonesia-Inggris at http://www.iit.edu/~syafsya
8. from Te Wahapu Web Public Access at http://www.dia.govt.nz
9. Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:52:32 -0700 From: Royal Norwegian Consulate General To: wildheart@q-net.net Subject: Re: elephants The Norwegian translation of the word elephant is almost similar: elefant and the prononciation is straight away. Norcons
10. Mon Aug 18 22:50:42 1997 From: Marmo Soemarmo Subject: Re: elephants At 01:05 PM 8/18/97 -0400, you wrote: could you send me the translation for the English word ELEPHANT ? many thanks. wayne hepburn I assume in Javanese? It's GAJAH. Marmo. [Thank you Marmo.]
11. From - Mon Aug 18 22:50:24 1997 To: wildheart@q-net.net, Sloan@ishipress.com From: Sam Sloan Subject: Re: elephants If you are asking for the word in Khowar, the word is fil. However, that does not mean much, as they have never seen an elephant in Chitral. Fil is a Farsi word. In Pashtu, it is pil, as Pashtu does not have the letter "f". Ismail Sloan [Thank you Ismail.]
12. From - Mon Aug 18 22:51:00 1997 To: wildheart@q-net.net From: Waseem Siddiqi Subject: Re: elephants The word for ELEPHANT is HAATHI(in the Romanised form) Using Urdu script would a project in itself for you. It is a rather complicated affair. /Waseem [Thanks so much Waseem.]
13. from OK88 English-Chinese Dictionary at http://www.ok88.com. We have no idea what this says ... it's the character returned on search.
14. Subject: Re: elephants To: wildheart@q-net.net Wayne Hepburn, I'm answering for Aldis as she is on vacation now. The word for elephant is "fill" and the letter i has an acute accent but I guess it would be garbled if I wrote it in this letter. Let's give it a try: Maybe you know about the Icelandic declension system: nominative: fill accusative: fil ablative: fil genitive: fils the i always keeps the acute accent. Best regards, Ingibjoerg Briem Aldís Guðmundsdóttir Sími 560-9943 Reykjavík
15. Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 15:52:54 +0100 (BST) From: "Caoimhin P. ODonnaile" To: Wayne Hepburn Subject: Re: elephants Irish Gaelic: eilifint / Scottish Gaelic: ailbhean / Manx Gaelic: elefant. Caoimhín [reply: MANY thanx Caoimhín. It's wonderful how people on the internet will help each other with information. ]
16. Tue Aug 19 10:04:33 1997 From: Jonathan Willis-Richards To: "'Wayne Hepburn'" Subject: RE: elephants Dear Wayne, There are no elephants in Kiribati so the translation is a direct transliteration into the local 13 letter alphabet. I think it would go as: EREBANTI where the "ti" is as in "station" Jonathan Willis-Richards [Thanks very much Jonathan]
17. Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:54:38 -0400 From: Bill Keefe To: wildheart@q-net.net Subject: Re: elephants In Swahili it's ndovo or tembo, the latter I think is more common, but I'm not sure. Bill
18. Wed Aug 20 20:37:13 1997 From: DavkaCorp@aol.com To: wildheart@q-net.net Subject: Re: elephants Yiddish for elephant transliterated in English: Helfond Hebrew for elephant transliterated in English: Peel I hope this helps. [Yes. Thanx]
18. 'Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:15:39 -0400 From: ask@israelemb.org (Israel Embassy) To: wildheart@q-net.net Subject: Re: elephants Dear Mr. Hepburn: In response to your question, elephant in Hebrew is Peel, spelled in hebrew peh, yud, lamed. Have a nice afternoon. Sincerely, Ian Simpson Office of Public Affairs EMBASSY OF ISRAEL 3514 International Dr., NW Office of Public Affairs Washington, DC 20008 USA Tel: (202) 364-5500 ask@israelemb.org Fax: (202) 364-5423 http://www.israelemb.org
18. Date: Tue 7 Oct 1997 From: Shlomit Pinter To: wh@mmi-art.com Subject: Re: Elephant Gif file of Hebrew character set from Noa. Many Thanx.
19. Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 13:40:01 -0400 (EDT) From: Karen A Rondestvedt X-Sender: rondest@unixs1.cis.pitt.edu To: Wayne Hepburn Subject: Re: elephants Dear Wayne, I've forwarded your question to the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois. They will give your question better attention than I have time to. Their address: . The word in at least Polish and Russian is "slon" with variants, but I'll let them give you a more complete answer. Best wishes, -*- Karen Rondestvedt, Slavic Bibliograph
20. Korean; block style characters = Koh K(g)ik Ri sounds kokiri. Thanks to Brian Chung at Orange Grocery, Sarasota, FL. We attempted to replivcate the characters Brian wrote for us. If you can supply better gif, 25 pixels high, please do so.
21. arabic fel sounds feel; thanks to Jeff at King Meat Market, Sarasota, FL.
22. Mon Aug 18 22:33:54 1997 From: "Raffi Kojian" To: Subject: Re: elephants The translation is piugh. pronounced pee oogh. the gh is a hard sound for many Amricans to make. It is pronounced like the R is in German. If you have watched "Hogans Heros" you should be OK ;-) n_w$$h http://www.netcom.com/~kojian
23. Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:24:39 -0500 From: Royal Embassy of Cambodia to USA To: wildheart@q-net.net Royal Embassy of Cambodia to the United States of America Web Page: http://www.embassy.org/cambodia E-mail: cambodia@embassy.org
24. Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 13:26:44 +0930 To: wildheart@q-net.net From: rkskilli@dove.mtx.net.au (Keith Skillicorn) Subject: HINDI WORD FOR ELEPHANT Dear Wayne, I lived and worked in India for 31 years, travelling extensively though many different provinces, but only ever came upon one word for Elephant and that is the HINDI word :- HATHI pronounced "HA", AS IN "HARPOON", AND "THI", AS IN "TEASPOON" . I shall ask some of my Indian friends if they know of other Indian words and, if there are, I shall inform
25. Mon 25 Aug 1997 from Phyllis Achila, Africa Online Ltd, PO Box 63017, Nairobi, Kenya, http://www.africaonline.co.ke. [many thanx].
26. Mon 25 AUg 1997 from Diana Zaiu at Romanian Embassy. [Thak you Diana].
27. Mon 8 Sep 1997 11:53:04-0400 (EDT) from: malagasy@embassy.org (Embasssy of Madagascar) Upon your request on AUgust 21, 1997 please find hereunder the trnaslation into the language of Madagascar for the word "ELEPHANT": Upon your request on AUgust 21, 1997 please find hereunder the trnaslation into the language of Madagascar for the word "ELEPHANT": ELEFANTA and it is pronounced exactly the same way you pronounce "Elephant" in English. Sincerely, Embassy of Madagascar.
28. Russian = slon, Belorussian = slon, Ukrainian = slon, Polish = slon, Czech = slon, Slovak = slon, Bulgarian = slon, Serbian = slon, Croatian = slon, Slovenian = slon, Macedonian = slon, Hungarian = elefant, Romanian = elefant, Estonian = elefant, Latvian = zilonis, Lithuanian = dramblys, Kazak = pil, Azerbaijani =fil, Teresa Tickle Slavic Reference Service, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign, tickle@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu
29. Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 11:34:30 +0900 To: wildheart@q-net.net From: jonathan@shaken.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp (Jonathan Lewis) Subject: Re: elephants Wayne, The word you want is zo That's with a long "o" sound as in "sew". It's often write with a straight line over the o to show that it's a long "o" -- I won't attempt it here because it wooon't make it through the ASCII. I don't know if your software can display Japanese, but the character is .$B>].(B Good luck Jonathan Lewis Institute of Social Science,
30. Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 16:29:59 -0400 (EDT) From: Embassy of Sri Lanka-Washington To: Wayne Hepburn Elephant - Aliya, Atha, Hasthiya
31. From - Fri Aug 22 04:10:41 1997 Received: from reston-mx1.telemail.net Thu, 21 Aug 1997 20:23:45 -0400 (EDT) From: /I=./G=USAN/S=RU/O=UZPAC/@sovmail.sprint.com Subject: RE: elephants Elephant in Uzbek is " Pheel" Good luck!
32. Via teacher Arlene Dobra at Booker High School from a student of Vietnamese parentage.
33. On letterhead from the Embassy of Cyprus, Washington DC - Dear Mr. Hepburn: In response to your request for the translation of the word Elephant for your website please be informed that it is written in Greek as and in Romanized characters as: "ELEFANTAS". We thank you for including Cypress. Sincerely, Kostas Karistinos, Press Attache
34. Courtesy of Peter Neydavood 1998 July 28; http://www.travlang.com/languages/farsi/
35. Signal flag images downloaded from http://www.connecti.com/~joelbee/sigflags.htm U.S. Navy Signal Flags by Joel A. Brookins, RMC, USN(Ret). Many Thanx. Flags also appear in symbol sets in CorelDRAW and numerous clipart sources. Shown are the flags for alphabet characters: E L E P H A N T
36. From a fascinating page which lets you translate from English to Morse Code http://madhatter.chch.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/library/morse and permits sound as well as visual translation. The sound option on this page is a wav file downloaded from the service.
37. American Sign Language hand positions for the characters that spell ELEPHANT in English. Widely available in font or clipart form. A web site http://www.masterstech-home.com/ offers ASL info including animations showing how to form letters and words.
37. Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 12:10:07 -0700 From: "James Berry" While the translation you show is the correct fingerspelling of the word elephant, the actual word in ASL is a single motion. The motion starts with the open palm facing down, with the heel of the hand near the nose. The hand then sweeps down and away from the face as if following the trunk of an elephant. Whenever possible, ASL does not fingerspell, as it is time consuming. Thanks, JMB:)
38. We obtained a set of visual Braille characters from two web sites and created our own gif rendering shown on this page. 1.) Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon http://dots.physics.orst.edu/gs_braillestructure.html 2.) http://www.brailler.com/alphalg.gif site operated by Braille embossing machine maker: Enabling Technologies, Jensen Beach, Florida 34957 USA
39. Semaphore: this a visual alphabet which uses flags held in specific positions to designate alphabet characters which can be used to communicate in any language which uses the common Roman alphabet employed by English. We adapted our semaphore flags from a site: http://osprey.erin.gov.au/flags/semaphore.html by Jim Croft.
40. ARTFL Project: French-English Dictionary. (University of Chicago) http://machaut.uchicago.edu/ éléphant = elephant [noun-masculine] l'éléphant = the elephant [noun-masculine]
41. Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:36 PM Chinese: The character is pronounced XIANG (see-AHng) with the 4th tone which is similar to the accent grave in French ( ` ) i.e. has a hard sound.Malay: Gajah, same as in Indonesian.Thai: Erawan (EH-rah-wahn). Sorry, I don't have the .gif for it. It's similar to the Maori arewhana, which is fascinating! Have a great day, and I love your website! Su-Yin MahSan Francisco
42. Date: Sun, 06 Sep 1998 15:37:37 -0700 From: Ionel Organization: ELNA To: elefunt@gte.net Subject: Re: languages The Esperanto word for "elephant" is "elefanto" and the Romanian one is "elefant".


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