An Elephant That Speaks Korean?

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An Elephant That Speaks Korean?
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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 9:15am

I was browsing Health News today and came across this article about an elephant that speaks Korean. I'm stunned over the fact an elephant can speak at all. Check this out: " Koshik the Asian elephant can "speak" and make himself understood to humans using five words of Korean, according to a new report.Researchers say Koshik's ability to imitate the five words provides new insights into the biology and evolution of complex vocal learning, an ability that is critical for human speech.The five words spoken by the elephant can be readily understood by people who speak Korean. The words include annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down) and choah (good)." more

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Karla
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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 3:11pm

How neat is that?!?  It amazes me what animals can learn if trained.  Amazing!

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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 2:49pm

LOL, I was looking for the same to see if I could really make out some form of "speech". I wonder if we can find some English speaking elephant videos.

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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 2:41pm

I had the same thought...I had no idea that an elephant could form any "speech"! Now I gotta go try and find a video of it so I can hear for myself!