Mother, How to Say it in Different Languages

my mom and my youngest daughter
my mom and my youngest daughter

Mother, the sweetest word

"Mother", is for me one of the sweetest words I have ever been addressed as.

I still remember how excited I was when our first child first called me "mama". I'm not really sure if he then recognized me as his mother, or if that was the first word he could say then. However, when he saw or sensed that I was so happy when he said "mama", he just repeated it a few more times.

In celebration of Mother's Day, I therefore wish to share with you how to say "mother" in various languages. If you have another way of saying "mother", then please share it here in the comments section.

Mother in Philippine languages

Since I am Filipino, let me start by sharing how we say "mother" in the many different languages of the Philippines.

The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands and although not every island has its own language, we do have different languages. Thus, the following are words that all mean "mother" in our various languages:

- nanay, mama, iloy, ina, nay, inay, inahan, ma

Mother in Asian and Asean languages

Chinese - mama, laobu, ma mi, ah bu, mu ching,

Japanese - okaa san, haha, hahaoya

Indonesian - induk, ibu, biang, nyokap

Malay - emak, ibu, mak

Thai - mee, khun meh

Korean - uhm ma

Hindi - maji

a rose for you mom
a rose for you mom

Mother in European Languages

Albanian - meme, nene

Arabic - am, om

Dutch - moeder, moer

French - mere

German - mutter

Greek - mitera, mana

Italian - madre, mamma

Portuguese - mae

Romanian - mama, maica

Russian - mat

Serbian - majka

Spanish- madre

Swedish - moder, mor

Mother in English Language

Of course in English language, mother is said as: mom, mum, mommy, mommie, mumsie, or just simply as "mother"

So you can call your mother - mom, mommy, inay, madre, mere, maji, or whatever language you want to use and tell her "I love you mother"!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day

Other Languages

I know I have not covered all languages here, so I invite others to please share with us how you call your mother in your own language.

Please also correct if I have made some mistakes here.

Thank you!

References

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sameer.anand 4 years ago from Pilani (India)

Maa and Mata in Hindi

Aai in Marathi language.

Amma in Tamil language.

Beautiful hub jill of alltrades. Thanks for sharing! :)


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Sameer,

Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing some more "mother" words to this hub. When I revise, I will incorporate them in the text.

God bless!


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arrowgreen 4 years ago from Philippines

mama and nanay in filipino


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Dear Baby, Wishing you and your sweet nanay a warm and wonderful Mother's Day. Great to see you here as always. GL


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Very nicely done. I can't help but realize that most languages have the letter "m" in it--it almost universal. Love the picture of your mom with your daughter and of course, the lovely rose with the lovely poem. Happy Mother's day ( I know it's over ) but ain't every day mother's day? Rated up.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi arrowgreen,

Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Hillary,

Thanks so much for your visit and warm wishes!

Yes, I know I have not been as active as before but it's always so nice to see friends like you!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Angeline,

You are so right about your observation about "mother" as well as mother's day!

Thank you very much for always being here for me. Seeing friends like you makes HubPages visits special.

God bless!


AndriyR 4 years ago

Great and touching hub! Here is my small input:

Lithuanian: motina

Ukrainian: ???? (pronounced as: "maty")


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello AndriyR,

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment!

Thanks too for adding to our vocabulary for mother. I will incorporate it when I revise soon.

God bless!


ken 3 years ago

Maa and Maataa in Gujarati

माँ माता ..........in Hindi

મા માતા..........in Gujarati

Both Sanskrit and Hindi can easily be written in India's simplest horizontal line free Gujarati script or in roman script.

http://translate.google.com/#auto/gu/mother

http://iastphoneticenglishalphabet.wordpress.com/


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello ken,

Thanks very much for dropping by and adding some more "mother" words for our information.

God bless!


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