How to 'Shush' People in Different Languages

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05/01/2014 04:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Obviously different languages have different words for things, but did you know they also describe sounds differently? Yes, a sneeze in English (a-choo!) doesn't sound like a sneeze in Polish (a-psik!), at least when written. Same with snoring, and chewing, and telling people to shut the hell up in a crowded movie theater.

To help ensure you're making all the right sounds on your next trip abroad, English illustrator James Chapman created these fun cartoon guides to foreign noises.





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