How To Say “Mom” In Different Languages

27 April 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House
Phineas and Ferb

Any type of relationship with a mother or a mother figure tends to make you feel warm and special and nice. Even Live Science reports that the temporal and left frontal parts of the brain become more active when you hear a word like "mama." Without a doubt, there is a sweet quality to the idea of a mother or any mother figure in our lives that goes beyond the word "mama" itself. And what’s more fascinating is how the terms “mom” and “mama” have almost similar or related versions across the world. Read on to learn about them!

  • English: Mother, Mum, Mama, Mummy, Mom, Mommy, Ma
  • French: Maman, Mère
  • Italian: Mamma, Mammina
  • German: Mama, Mutter, Mutti, Mami
  • Dutch: Moeder, Moer
  • Hindi: माँ (Maan), मां ( Maji)
  • Japanese: お母さん (Okaasan), 母 (Haha), ママ (Mama)
  • Korean: 엄마 (Eomma), 어머님 (Eomeonim), 어머니 (Eomeoni)
  • Indonesian: Mama, Bunda, Ibu, ‘bu
  • Polish: Mama, Mamula, Mamón, Mamuśka, Matula, Mamcik
  • Vietnamese: Mẹ
  • Swahili: Mama
  • Czech: Matka
  • Turkish: Anne
  • Tamil: அம்மா (Amma)
  • Ukrainian: мама (Mama), матуся (Matusya), матінка (Matinka)
  • Afrikaans: Ma, Moeder
  • Basque: Ama
  • Spanish: Mami, Mama, Madre
  • Danish: Mor
  • Filipino: Mama, Nanay, Nay
  • Portuguese: Mãe
  • Russian: Мамочка (Mamachka), Мам (Mam), Мамуся (Mamoosya), Мама (Mama)
  • Swedish: Mamma, Mor, Morsa
  • Greek: Μαμά (Mamá), Μητέρα (Metera)
  • Estonian: Ema
  • Arabic: أم (Omm), أمي (Ommi)
  • Finnish: Mami, Mama, Äiti, Mutsi