How to say “Mom” in so many ways


Do you have the greatest mom in the world? Many children will proudly lift their hands and shout “Yes!” in response to that question. Moms are important influences in our lives and are special in so many ways.

There may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:

  • Arabic: Ahm
  • Bosnian: Majka
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Mãe
  • Czech: Matka
  • Danish: Mor
  • Dutch: Moeder or Moer
  • French: Mère or Maman
  • German: Mutter
  • Greek: Màna
  • Italian: Madre or Mamma
  • Japanese: Okaasan or Haha
  • Norwegian: Mor
  • Polish: Matka or Mama
  • Russian: Mat’
  • Spanish: Madre or Mamá or Mami
  • Swahili: Mama or Mzazi or Mzaa
  • Swedish: Mamma or Mor

You may hear mothers referred to by different words from time to time. Some examples include mom, mum, mummy, mam, mammy, mother, motha, mommy, momma, ma, madre, mama, and even maw. Do you use any of these names for your mom? Do you use another word not listed here?

If you want to surprise your mom, your mommy or your mama this Mother’s Day, learn how to say mom in a foreign language. Here are some foreign languages from around the world and their word or words for mom



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