How do I say mom auf deutsch? Sometimes I want to say "mom" like I do in english but i am not sure if I should use "Mutter", "Mutti", oder "Mama." Mama sounds a bit strange for me. Can someone explain if theres a difference between these words.

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"Mutter" is the translation of the english word "mother", "mutti" is kind of an old-fashioned shortform and the equivalent of "mum" i d say is, as you told "mama" or "mami" (more often used by smaller kids)


Mutter is mother. Mutti and Mama both are used for mom. I have never said anything but Mama, and so did everybody around me, but in some regions, Mutti is more common.


Well, "Mutter" is a pretty old expression and barely used anymore in spoken language, but you should use it in written language. "Mutti" is also a pretty old expression and I wouldn't recommend using it as it will sound kind of strange to most native Germans. "Mama" is probably the best thing to use in spoken language and will work perfectly fine in almost every situation. (Except written language)


"Mutti" is also a pretty old expression and I wouldn't recommend using it as it will sound kind of strange to most native Germans.

Which is interesting. My mom is totally fine with "mutti" but hails from Berlin from a while ago. And this is what I learned during German classes in the 1990's in the US.


See https://www.handelsblatt.com/panorama/aus-aller-welt/mama-oder-mutti-ein-kosename-spaltet-die-republik/8190488.html


Mama or Mutti if talking to her. Mutter if talking about her to strangers or people from work I am not that close to. Mutti if talking about her with people I feel comfortable with.


I'd say that it is region dependent, in eastern Germany people tend to say Mutti and in southern Germany it's Mama, rest of Germany I honestly don't know.


or use the English word "mom"

God, I hate it. I mean, I can kinda accept it when teenagers do that but I heard 30 year old men call their mothers "mom"...


I'm surprised Mami hasn't come up yet. In my experience most people use that or Mama.

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And as a rule of thumb I'd suggest that people who use Mami also use Papi and Mama/Papa.


If talking to your mother you'd pretty much always say Mama. When talking about your mother i think it's more common to refer to her as Mutter (or as we would say here "Muatta")


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