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Cortana does some hilarious animal impressions, check them out

We're still not over all the little tricks Cortana is capable of doing. At launch we compiled a ton of questions you could ask the Windows Phone AI in order to get snarky and funny responses. That list has grown overtime as Microsoft adds more and more phrases to her repertoire. We know she'll give a funny response when you ask her "What does the fox say?", but what happens when you ask for other animals?

Cortana's animal impressions are entertaining. Try asking her what the following animals say:

  • Fox
  • Frog
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Bird
  • Pig
  • Horse
  • Cow
  • Sheep
  • Duck
  • Turkey

Ask like this: What does the ___ say?

You'll get some great responses from her. Find any other animals she impersonates? List them below. To our knowledge, this is a new Cortana trick that was discovered a few days ago (props to @energizedtech).

Related: Cortana can do impressions, you won't believe what she says next

Thanks for the tip Saad!

143 Comments
  • What does the pig say?
    Sheep, cow, horse. I'm guessing all farm animals :D
  • Hahah! Yess! Will add.
  • Please! Add The responses... The majority of us don't have Cortana yet...
  • ^
  • Horse says whinny! Tried goat, got nothing.
  • Here are the responses you get from Cortana for the questions listed in and below the article (in comments), I tried them all but its more fun to hear her voice saying that, can't express in text!!! ;) What does the _____ say? Fox: Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding
    Frog: Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit
    Cat: Meeooooow
    Dog: Arf arf arf
    Bird: Tweet, tweet.Tweet, tweet. (Shes loves twitter :P)
    Pig: Oink, oink, oink, oink, oink.
    Horse: Whinny!
    Cow: Mooooooooooo
    Sheep: Baaaaaaaaaaah
    Duck: Quack quack quaaaack (that last quaaaaack though!)
    Turkey: Gobble, gobble, gobble.
    Rooster: Cockadoodledoo!
  • Add sheep, cow, horse. That's all I found
  • She says nothing for me ? Is she angry ? She goes to Bing search instead .
  • Same here...ive tried every variation possible but she gives me a Bing search
  • Try typing in the question, voice commands doesn't always work accurately
  • Having a mood swing or a b**ch fit! :P
  • Ask... 'What does the Rooster say?
  • Cockadoodledoo!!
  • Damn you Sam, cant you just let me be happy :c
  • Nobody else will understand. Lol.
    Edit: I was talking about Sam removing my comment :)
  • I do, I am in the same boat :(
  • But... We have to know what does the fox say?!
  • The fox says: I'm very flattered but..... Not that a fox ever said that to ME.
  • It would be a lot better if useful stuff is expanded as well. Ask Siri and Cortana "what does a Stonehenge mean" and you'll see my point.
  • Yeah I agree. I'm all for personality but this kind of stuff, to me, is not useful, and its not even funny. On a positive note, I've noticed that if you ask her who a celebrity is, she'll actually say the answer, whereas she used to just pop up the search results.
  • Siri, Google Now, and Cortana all use Wikipedia as the source. But I got to admit Cortana speaks out the information better than the two. But when asked "What is the milky way" only Google now speaks out.
  • ask cortana, "what is the milky way galaxy?"
  • Actually Cortana does that, but I don't think she did it like a week ago. Since Google Now has been around longer, it can answer more indept questions. Like I asked "Who started in the movie Alien" and it said "The cast of Alien included Sigorney Weaver, John Hurt, and others" While Cortana just offers a card with information. That card does contain a lot more info than what Google's does however.
  • She will also say their age or who they are married to if available.
  • Google now says so many things. Cortana would develop in time.
  • The fox one is my favorite by far
  • The fox one has been around since dev preview was released. Not sure about the others.
  • True that.
  • Yeah, one of my very first questions to Cortana... But I remember my first question was "What took you so long?" and ended up with a web search LOL!
  • Pretty sure many of the responses for other animals have been around for awhile too. We tried a bunch back when the "impressions" story (http://www.wpcentral.com/cortana-impressions-what-she-says) hit the site nine days ago.
  • Sam, where is the video for WP user outside US?
  • What does the horse say?
  • Cortana has answered "What does the fox say?" from day 1. Don't know about the others
  • If you read this: You're Awesome!
  • Thanks :)
  • Cow moooo
  • She does cow.
  • She does horse.
  • Cortana needs an option to respond to written commands with voice.
  • Just swipe up to see search results :) or tap on 'search for...'
  • The impressions are cute an funny lol
  • Could Microsoft get in trouble with the ideas police? Siri had this for an awful long time.
  • No.
  • Try these:
    who's your mummy
    Who's your aunt
    Who's your uncle
    Do you have a sister
    Do you have a brother
    Do you speak French (or any other language)
  • Yeah, anything that starts with "who's your....?" gets some sort of vague reply.
  • Thanks
  • Cortana needs to be released in some other countries now. They said the UK was imminent and its never arrived. Get a move on MS! Same with handsets, get some announced.
  • Posted in The Telegraph 21 July http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/10981018/Microsofts-virtual-assistant-Cortana-to-reach-UK-in-two-weeks.html "Marcus Ash, group program manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, said in a tweet that, "barring an unforeseen issue", the developer preview of the software will land in the UK in "less than two weeks". He also revealed that the UK version of Cortana will have a British accent." Are you happier now?
  • Would have preferred Cortana with Jen Taylor's voice as opposed to a British accent.
  • How about Jen Taylor taking a British accent? I'd take that! It would be sweet.
  • I have a friend here in the US who is 'partial' to women with British accents. If he had Cortana with a British accent, he wouldn't be able to get any work done at all. Would be most embarrassing to see a grown man, asking his phone all sorts of silly questions, just to hear her speak.
  • One of the reasons (and probably the only reason :P) why my American wife married me due to my British / English accent. She loves it and gets me to say all sorts of stupid things. :(
  • She's a lucky woman if you're willing to do her bidding.
  • If it makes her happy and keeps her entertained then I don't mind at all, doing whatever she asks. My partner in crime is worth it ;)
  • Yup. Definitely want Cortana with an English accent. :)
  • +horse +duck
  • Wow, so fun and useful.. ;)
  • Yeea....... Super usefull.........
  • LOL
  • All these animals are cool and all...but how bout some classic movie quotes! Like Dr. Evil, Austin Powers, or Spicoli from Fast Times, Rod Tidwell from Jerry McGuire, Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing...stuff like that would be the life of the party.
  • She answers the Fox one since launch. Haven't tested the others as I got sick of having to change settings on the phone (if only I could organize the settings list myself...)
  • Yeah, even Joe said that settings is a mess, but there's been no clear way how to fix it
  • I may have found something. Ask Cortana to sing you a song: "sing me a song Cortana"
  • That not at all new...
  • Can't talk to Cortana because my MIC won't work :(
  • Nokia Care is always there!
  • What does a cat say
  • P*ssy
  • I just asked her who is Siri?
  • She didn't say anything for fox. Just showed the song
  • Try again..
  • You can ask her if she's sexy ;) :)
  • Nice one
  • Terrible, I had to try atleast 50 times for some words so she recognises them correctly, she kept hearing duck as doc every time (around 20 times), so at the end i had to spell it, which worked after around 10 tries. same goes with "what does the pig say", which she heard as "what does the big city" and don't blame that on me, i believe i have the perfect pronunciation.  
  • and there you go why Microsoft didn't release her worldwide.
  • Cortana also heard "duck" as "doc" for me. All of the other animal names were understood by Cortana.
  • Yeah cool and all, but considering that Marcus Ash from the Cortana team said that Jent Tailor doesn't have enough time to record the real synthetic voice. If they wouldn't spent all the time recording silly things, she may had recorded the vocals for the synthetic voice already and Cortana could talk with one voice.
  • Shared this with my daughter. She says it doesn't take much to amuse me... I stumped Cortana with elephant. My favorite is still "open the pod bay doors."  
  • +925 Your favorite is my new favorite! And then I tried, "Beam me up, Scotty."
  • LOL. I remember that now. Although the impersonation is new. I don't think she channeled Scotty when she first arrived.
  • What does the fox say???
    Ring ding ding ding ringadingdiding
    Hihohohohoho lol oh..... Im feeling pain in my belly hahahahaha... I asked this question in a lower volume cz my mom dad was in my room.... But my awesome lumias volume was maximum and u can guess what happen next.... Haha
  • Till Microsoft we are not kids
  • Siri does a better job with "what does the fox say"
  • And Cortana does a better job with everything else...lol
  • Ask Cortana to sing you a song!
  • All this talk about Cortana and we haven't seen her yet
  • I haven't seen her on my 925 either. All I get is that goofy ring instead of a cool hologram.
  • You are lucky. At least you got a goofy ring. I got nothing.
  • Doesn't work at all on my 1020. It interpreted my duck question as "what does duck sex". I didn't look at the results
  • Lolz
  • Funny stuff!
  • She doesn't respond to my questions!
  • same.  i think she on her coffie break
  • lol
  • Haha xD
  • No Cortana for my HTC 8X.. Is there anyone who is using HTC 8X n got the Cortana??
  • i have an 8x on verizon with the developer preview and have had cortana since day 1.
  • I have US T-Mobile 8X and I've got her, along with the rest of 8.1, on the dev preview program
  • Ask her "what does the fox say" :D
  • Only getting Bing results.
  • Same here
  • me too :(
  • Don't forget rooster on that list
  • Whenever I say "What does the duck say", Cortana initially detects the correct words but then changes "duck" to "doc", which produces Bing search results. It's frustrating.
  • Just Bing search here on my Icon. Lazy bïtch.
  • Hahahahaha
  • Actually I find it funny when I tell her "surprise me"
    It's so funny
  • Ask her " what is your favorite animal?"
  • I have tried to get Cortana on my phone (HTC X8) for a long time now I have followed all the instructions to the letter but still no Cortana can some tell me if there is an other way ty
  • this could be useful if you have a child crying at your face and you don't know what to do  Cortana you are more than just a personal assistant :)
  • Funny xD
  • Cortana's had the knack for surprising you every now and again. From such hidden gems to even the smallest of things. Just the other day I told her to call a contact. I waited for her to respond in the standard format "call __________?" But instead got a friendly "sure thing Salman, I'll call __________ mobile" (something close to that). Kinda caught me by surprise. It only happened once more randomly after that.
  • Jesus tap-dancing Christ..
  • Again, if your messed up logic (i.e. being a victim of hype) is "derpaderp, because they gave it a female computer's computer voice, it must be a female", MS Word has got to be a male because Clippy looked male. Right? Yet no one in their right minds calls Word as "he".
    Explain your logic or start referring to it as what it really is: Set of pre-programmed functions, and not particularly funny one based on these posts: "It."
    She my ass.
  • I hate fun too!
  • What does Godzilla say?
  • Lol soo cool
  • hey curtena, wut does spodermin say?
  • Fuk yew fagit
  • Sick of hearing about Cortana as only the "Special Country" has it.
  • Where are you located, Declan? If you're in the UK, I posted earlier about Cortana coming there with a British accent.... The US is not special in this case, we're the guinea pigs. Cortana is still in beta. The knowledge she's been collecting from us about what we ask her to find, track, remind us of is undoubtedly twisted... I don't know if she'll ever speak every language (probably not), but I am hoping the people at Microsoft can amaze me even more by enabling Cortana to understand several languages and dialects and enabling her to respond in the same language. That would be awesome.
  • Rooster
  • My Cortana cannot recognize the word 'Bird'... She gets it as board Or bored instead of Bird..
    Annoyed.
  • Ask her "who is the boss?"
  • This. is. the. best. Tell her, "I am the overlord." Great response.
  • One more!! Ask her "can you dance?"
  • You don't say :) http://www.wpcentral.com/comment/1101907#comment-1101907
  • turns out Spiders dont say shit...
  • Her voice is so cool.. Loved it..
  • Has anyone asked: "Do you love master chief?"
  • She says "That's...complicated. And personal."
  • I don't think this is the new one for you, but if you ask Cortana "Kiss Me" then see what you get back from her.
  • Also, ask her,
    "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
  • Phones that burn your pocket off and a music app that needs to be physically inserted back into its authors back side but they are spending resources on this.
    They fire 18000 but not the people giving cortana a 'personalidy' Microsoft you muppets Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Meanwhile, you can check out the Google Graveyard on your green robot: http://www.wordstream.com/articles/retired-google-projects Or Apple's stellar performance as an employer: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249912/Workers_hit_Apple_with_class_action_suit_over_alleged_labor_rule_violations_  
  • This one is interesting:
    "will you marry me?"
  • As far as I know this is not a new feature. Especially 'what does the fox say'. That one was present on launch
  • This is fantastick, I love that MS has a sense of humor with Corana.   +929
  • It's hilarious!!!!
  • They all worked accept for Duck. I would say, "what does the duck say" I can see it there and for some reason she corrects "duck" with "doc" and I get a bing result... And I have an american New England accent, a combo between Boston and Rhode Island....
  • Alrighty then, aparantly there is time at microsoft to invest time and resources on translating animal sound, while the whole world is still waiting for their native language support for Cortana, even bing services, since the launch of Windows Phone. What a strange world indeed!
  • Conversation is not working with Cortana on my L810.
  • Nor on my 1020