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Common and Farm Animals

Animales comunes y de granja

Common Animals

Old MacDonald had a farm ee-aye-ee-aye-oooooh...

If old MacDonald was Spanish, he would have more likely been called Eustaquio de la Fuente or something in that vein. Besides the colorful note, this also means that there's something to be learned from Spain when it comes to farming.

In fact, nearly 30 million acres are dedicated to farming, which is one of Spain's most important economies, employing some 6% of the country's work force at the beginning of the 21 century and though it reduced to 4% during the country's period of financial crisis.

In order to learn more about Spanish culture when it comes to farms, you're going to need to know what these animals are called. It's a useful part of the Spanish vocabulary. Read on for that:

English WordSpanish WordPronunciation
pigel cerdoel thur-dowe
cowla vacala back-ah
sheepla ovejala oh-vhecha
goatla cabrala cabrah
bullel toroel toroh
donkeyel burroel boorowe
duckel patoel pattoh
chickenel polloel poy-owe
pidgeon / dovela palomala pah-lomah
camelel camelloel ca-meyoh
foxel zorroel thorrow
turkeyel pavoel pab-oh
ferretel hurónel urr-onn
skunkla mofetala mo-fettah
hedgehogel erizoel eh-reethoh
gooseel gansoel gan-sow

There are a few native animals to Spain, including the Black Iberian Pig, where the expensive pata negra serrano ham comes from, not to mention the Toro Bravo, the fighting bull.

There are particularly interesting bull farms in Andalusia, the southern region of Spain. If you ever find yourself visiting Seville, the farms just outside the city can provide an out of the ordinary excursion and a great opportunity to get to know something typically Spanish.