Fun Break: How Do You “Snore” in Other Languages?




Okay, so we already know the answer to that: you go to sleep and breathe. Lying on your stomach helps, as do drinking alcohol and forgetting your allergy medications.

You’ve got us there – but do you know how to express a snoring sound in another language?

Much as the rooster says “cock-a-doodle-doo” in English, “gou gou” in Mandarin and “qui-qui-ri-qu” in Spanish, there are different ways to “say” the snoring sound – which in English we generally write “zzzzzzzzzzz.”

They’re called onomatopoeia – words that attempt to capture a sound. “Clang,” “boom,” “sizzle,” “pop” and “fizz” are examples.

And while we may wonder how on earth different languages came up with their own variety of onomatopoeia (snoring = ron pchi? Really?), don’t forget to consider that we have our own odd ideas of how sounds, well, sound – when does a rooster ever actually say “cock-a-doodle-doo”?

So without further ado, here’s a just-for-fun for you: say “zzzzzzzzzzz” in 12 languages. Enjoy! (Quietly.)

Africaans: snork

Bulgarian: hrrrr

English: zzzz

Finnish: krooh pyyh

French: ron pchi

Hindi: kurukurukka

Japanese: gu gu

Italian: ronf

Korean: de reu rung

Polish: chrrrr

Turkish: hor

Vietnamese: kho kho

Which is the closest to an actual snoring sound? Actually, none of them…at least in our opinion. However, each captures at least one element of one type of snore. And all are disturbing to those on the pillow next to us – and can be disturbing to us, as well.

Snoring may be wheezy/whiny and high-pitched; low and rumbly; cough-like; gasping; stop-and-start, and more. Whatever type of snoring you’re experiencing, don’t take it lightly (fun articles aside). Snoring could mean allergies, a physical issue (such as polyps or a deviated septum), an underlying illness, or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Whatever you call it in your language, get your snoring checked out today.