Our Babies Name Us
One of the first sounds your baby is able to verbalize is “ma.” Think about this:
The English word is “mom/mum,” in Mandarin Chinese it’s “mama.” For Spanish-speaking children, she’s also “mama,” just with a different emphasis on the syllables.
The Icelandic word is “mamma,” in the Punjabi language it’s “ma.” Mother is “em” in Hebrew and “me” in Vietnamese.
See a trend? In just about every language around the world, the word for mother is derived for the first baby talk your child is able to make.
Now, don’t you want to call your mom?