M is For the Many Things She Gave Me

In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for mother begins with the letter M. Here are a few examples:

  • Afrikaans: Moeder, Ma
  • Albanian: Mëmë
  • Aragones: Mai
  • Asturian: Ma
  • Belarusan: Matka
  • Bergamasco: Màder
  • Bolognese: Mèder
  • Bosnian: Majka
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Mãe
  • Bresciano: Madèr
  • Breton: Mamm
  • Bulgarian: Majka
  • Byelorussian: Macii
  • Calabrese: Matre, Mamma
  • Catalan: Mare
  • Croatian: Mati, Majka
  • Danish: Mor
  • Dutch: Moeder, Moer
  • Dzoratâi: Mére
  • English: Mother, Mama, Mom
  • Faeroese: Móðir
  • French: Mère, Maman
  • Furlan: Mari
  • German: Mutter
  • Greek: Màna
  • Griko: Mána
  • Hawaiian: Makuahine
  • Hindi : Ma, Maji
  • Icelandic: Móðir
  • Irish: Máthair
  • Italian: Madre, Mamma
  • Latin: Mater
  • Leonese: Mai
  • Ligurian: Maire
  • Limburgian: Moder, Mojer, Mam
  • Lingala: Mama
  • Lithuanian: Motina
  • Lombardo Occidentale:  Madar
  • Macedonian: Majka
  • Mantuan: Madar
  • Mudnés: Medra, mama
  • Sardinian Logudoresu: Madre, Mamma
  • Neapolitan: Mamma
  • Serbian: Majka
  • Norwegian: Madre
  • Occitan: Maire
  • Sicilian: Matri
  • Old Greek: Mytyr
  • Slovak: Mama, Matka
  • Parmigiano: Mädra
  • Slovenian: Máti
  • Persian: Madr, Maman
  • Spanish: Madre, Mamá, Mami
  • Piemontese Mare
  • Swahili: Mama, Mzazi, Mzaa
  • Polish: Matka, Mama
  • Swedish: Mamma, Mor, Morsa
  • Portuguese: Mãe
  • Swiss German: Mueter
  • Punjabi: Mai, Mataji,
  • Quechua: Mama
  • Triestino: Mare
  • Rapanui :Matu’a Vahine
  • Reggiano: Mèdra
  • Romagnolo: Mèder
  • Ukrainian: Mati
  • Romanian: Mama, Maica
  • Romansh: Mamma
  • Valencian: Mare
  • Venetian Mare
  • Russian: Mat’
  • Viestano : Mamm’
  • Vietnamese: me
  • Wallon: Mére
  • Sardinian (Limba Sarda Unificada): Mama
  • Welsh: Mam
  • Sardinian Campidanesu: mamai
  • Yiddish: Muter
  • Zeneize: Moæ
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