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How To Say Guinea Pig In Different Languages

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Wiebke

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Can you add to the list?
  • Albanian: derr Indie kavie
  • Danish: marsvin
    Croatian: zamorac
    Czech: morce
  • Dutch: Guinees biggetje, Cavia, marmot (obsolete); caafje
  • English: Guinea pig, Cavy
  • Finnish: marsu
  • French: Cobaye, Cochon d'Inde
  • German: Meerschweinchen; Swiss German: Meersäuli; slang: Meeri
  • Greek: indiko hiridio, piramatozoo
  • Hungarian: tengeri malac
  • Indonesian: Marmot
    Irish: muc ghuine
  • Italian: Porcellino d'India, cavia
  • Japanese: marumotto
  • Kurd: miskal
  • Latin: Cavia porcellus
    Mandarin Chinese: tunshu
  • Polish: swinka morska
  • Portugese: Porquinho da Índia, cobaia
  • Rumanian: cobai
  • Russian: marskaya svinka
    Serbian: morsko prase, zamorce
    Slovakian: morca
  • Spanish: conejillos de Indias; cuy, cuya, cuye, cuyo; cobaya, cobayo
  • Swedish: marsvin
  • Turkish: kobay
    Welsh: mochyn cwta
List courtesy of: meerschweinchen.de
 

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I have got two more additions:
- Welsh: mochyn cwta
- Swiss German: Meersaeuli, Meeri
 

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Oooo I likes it :)

I knew the french word as I used it in my GSCE exam, I didn't know about piggies then either.... Must have been a premonition
 

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Ah, I'm on my iPad, just need to hold the letter key down and it gives the options. Lazy typing!
 

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Love it! You already have the German and Spanish, which is all I know, so I'm not much help!
 

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It's also strange how many of them are just as baffling as 'guinea pig' is in English in describing what a guinea pig actually is... My kids and I speak French fluently and I can remember my kids being puzzled by cochon d'Inde, since it literally translates to Indian pig and they were aware that guinea pigs are not from India (it had apparently never occurred to them that they don't come from Guinea either!)
 
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