Since it’s Mothers’ Day in the U.S. and here in Slovakia, as well as in many other countries, it’s a great time to learn the words for “mother” in Slovak and Romani!
In English there are lots of names we give our mothers – “Mama,” “Mommy,” and “Mum” (UK) are just a few. It’s the same way in Slovak and Romani.
In the Slovak language, “mother” is “matka” (maht-kah) – but almost everyone uses a more familiar name like “mamka” (mahm-kah), mami (mah-mi) or mamička (mah-meech-kah).
In Romani, the formal word for “mother” is “daj” (pronounced like “die“). Along with the Slovak familiar names above, some Roma also use “mamo” (mah-moh).
For some it’s a bittersweet day. But wherever you celebrate it, Mothers’ Day – “Deň Matiek” in Slovak – is a time to celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, and all the women in our lives who might not carry the official “title,” but who have have nurtured, guided and taught us through all stages of our lives.