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Mother, How to Say it in Different Languages
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
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
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
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.
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