This Is What Monkeys Would Sound Like If They Could Talk

"Banana?"

If you've ever imagined yourself chatting the breeze with a monkey confident that you'd hit it off then you're one step closer to your dreams coming true. Sort of.

Scientists at Princeton University have recreated what a monkey would sound like if it were able to form words. Asif Ghazanfar and a team of scientists studied macaque monkeys tongues, larynxes and lips and built a computer simulation of how they would sound talking.

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The team took the sound of a macaque monkey grunting and put this into a computer which shaped it into human words.

"Now nobody can say that it's something about the vocal anatomy that keeps monkeys from being able to speak," Ghazanfar writes, "It has to be something in the brain. Even if this finding only applies to macaque monkeys, it would still debunk the idea that it's the anatomy that limits speech in non-humans."

Listen below for the difference between human vocal sounds and what a monkey would sound like, chatting away.