I found a fun video today on Vimeo called Bow Wow Meow! It features people saying animal sounds in 17 different languages. The languages are English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, Brazilian-Portuguese, Colombian-Spanish, Swahili and Mongolian. The one sound that seems to have the most commonality is the sound of a cat. Most of the languages sound similar to our English "meow". The other animals are dog, rooster, cow and pig.
I think this would be a great video to show students and then do a writing project on it. I could see making our own video with our iPads, too. Our ELL's include students who represent at least 9 different languages.
What fun and it could be a great way to include some of our ELL parents, too! !
Here's the link to Bow Wow Meow on Vimeo. (Note: Be patient. It took a while for it to download and buffer before I could watch it on my computer.)