In today’s column, The Master relates the following:
My dad and I are American, we speak English, and when he snores, it sounds like a wounded bear armed with a chainsaw trying to fight off a pack of wolves!
I can totally see the different sounds giving rise to varying onomatopoeias, especially in other cultures. My favorites are the different sounds animals (dogs, ducks, and pigs being some of the most interesting) make when written into comic form.
Japanese manga and the European stories translated for Heavy Metal magazine are an excellent source of such things if you’re as easily amused by this as I am.