45 ways to say “dad” in different languages

13 06 2008

As different countries speak different tongues, different names for the word “dad” are present. However, no matter how different each word is from the other, it means the same thing. This coming Sunday, a great number of countries will celebrate Father’s day in their own ways. So, in celebration of Father’s day , I want to share 45 ways of saying “dad” in different languages.

  1. Yiddish : tatti ; tay ; foter ; tateh
  2. Welsh : tad
  3. Venetian : pare ; popà ; ‘opà ; pupà ; papà
  4. Turkish : baba
  5. Spanish : papá ; viejo ; tata
  6. Swahili : baba ; mzazi
  7. Swedish : pappa
  8. Slovak : otec
  9. Slovenian : ôèe
  10. Sicilian : patri
  11. Sanskrit : tàtah ; janak
  12. Russian : papa
  13. Romanian : tata ; parinte ; taica
  14. Polish : tata ; ojciec
  15. Portuguese : pai
  16. Persian/Farsi : pedar, pitar ; simply baabaa
  17. Norwegian : pappa ; far
  18. Nepali : buwa
  19. Maori : haakoro ; kohake
  20. Mandarin Chinese : baba
  21. Malay : bapa
  22. Latvian : tevs
  23. Latin : pater ; papa ; atta
  24. Lithuanian : tevas ; pradininkas ; protevis
  25. Korean: abonim, aboji, appa
  26. Japanese : otosan, papa
  27. Italian : babbo
  28. Irish : athair ; daidí
  29. Indonesian : bapa ; ayah ; pak
  30. Hungarian : apa ; apu ; papa ; édesapa
  31. Hindi : papa ; pita-ji
  32. Hebrew : abba(h)
  33. German : banketi, papi
  34. French : papa
  35. Finnish : isä
  36. Filipino : tatay, itay, tay ; ama
  37. Estonian : isa
  38. English : father ; dad ; daddy ; pop ; poppa ; papa
  39. Dutch : vader ; papa ; pappie
  40. Czech : táta, otecfather and son
  41. Croatian : otac
  42. Bosnian : otac
  43. Brazilian Portuguese : pai
  44. Arabic : babba ; yebba ; abbi (classical)
  45. Afrikaans : vader

No matter what you call your dad, show him how special he is this Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day!

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