宮崎ハロー英会話のミニレッスン 73: Happy Mother’s Day!
Yesterday was, of course, a VERY important day.
It’s the most difficult, most important, most rewarding and sometimes the most underappreciated job in the world. But did you know there are a lot of different words for “mother” in English?
Depending on where you are from and how old you are, you can say: “mum, mummy, mom, mommy ,momma, ma, mama, mam.”
So what’s the difference?
Well, “Mum and Mummy” are British English and “Mom, Mommy, Momma, Ma” are American English. “Mama” is often used by babies and “Mam” is British English, but only used in Northern England. “mum” and “mom” are used by older children and adults and “Mummy” and “Mommy” by young children. And lastly, “Mother” is a little formal.
I’m from New Zealand so I say usually say “Mum”.
If this is not clear, just say “Mum” if you speak British English or “mom” if you speak American English.
But actually what is really important is not what you call them, but how much you love them. I hope your mother had a wonderful day yesterday.