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November 17, 2011

How to say cicada around the world

Filed under: Types — by @ 6:06 am

Ever wonder how people say “cicada” around the world. According to Google Translate, here’s how to say “cicada” in 44 different languages.

Afrikaans: sonbesie
Albanian: gjinkallë
Armenian: ts’ikada (ցիկադա)
Belarusian: cykady (цыкады)
Bengali: Ucciṇṛē (উচ্চিংড়ে)
Bulgarian: tsikada (цикада)
Catalan: cigala
Chinese: Chán (蟬)
Croatian: cvrčak
Czech: cikáda
Dutch: cicade
Estonian: tsikaad
Filipino: kuliglig
Finnish: laulukaskas
French: cigale
Galician: cigarra
German: Zikade
Greek: tzitzíki (τζιτζίκι)
Gujarati: Tīḍa (તીડ)
Haitian Creole: sigal
Hindu: Sikāḍā (सिकाडा)
Hungarian: kabóca
Indonesian: tonggeret
Italian: cicala
Japanese: Semi (セミ)
Kannada: Rekkeya (ರೆಕ್ಕೆಯ)
Korean: maemi (매미)
Latvian: cikāde
Macedonian: cikada (цикада)
Malay: Cengkerik
Polish: cykada
Portuguese: cigarra
Romanian: greier
Russian: tsikada (цикада)
Serbian: cikada (цикада)
Slovak: Cikada
Slovenian: Cvrčak
Spanish: cigarra
Swedish: cikada
Tamil: Cil vaṇṭu (சில் வண்டு)
Thai: Cạkcạ̀n (จักจั่น)
Turkish: ağustosböceği
Ukrainian: tsykada (цикада)
Vietnamese: con ve sầu


  1. Thanks heaps for this, Dan — very interesting and potentially useful.

    Comment by Dave Marshall — December 18, 2011 @ 4:57 am

  2. In dutch, cicades that make sounds in their adult stage are called: “Krekel”. I used the dutch spelling.

    Comment by Harry van der Pol — May 4, 2012 @ 12:52 am

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