Friends of all shapes and sizes

How to Say 'Friend' in 87 Different Languages

Friendship is a universal concept that is cherished and celebrated by people all over the world. Whether it's sharing laughs, enjoying common interests or simply being there for each other during tough times, friends have a special place in our lives.

What is interesting is that the word "friend" and its meaning are expressed in many different ways across different languages and cultures. 

These examples show just how varied and nuanced the concept of friendship can be, depending on the language and culture in which it is expressed.


  • For example, in English, a friend is typically defined as someone who shares a bond of affection, trust and loyalty.

  • However, in Spanish, the word for friend is "amigo" which also implies a sense of warmth and closeness, but can also be used more casually to refer to acquaintances.

  • In Japanese, the word for friend is "tomodachi" which literally translates to "companion of the soul". This reflects the importance of deep emotional connections in Japanese culture, where friendship is seen as a lifelong commitment.

  • Similarly, in Arabic, the word for friend is "sadiq" which means "one who speaks the truth". This highlights the importance of honesty and integrity in friendship, as well as the idea that true friends are always there to offer guidance and support. 

  • In Mandarin Chinese, the word for friend is "péngyǒu" which literally means "friend-friend". This reflects the importance of mutual respect and understanding in Chinese culture, where friendship is seen as a vital part of social harmony.


But despite these differences, the underlying idea of friendship remains universal: it is a bond based on mutual respect, trust and support that enriches our lives in countless ways, helps us to feel connected, understood and valued, and reminds us that we are not alone in this world.


How to say 'friend' in 87 different languages

Here are 87 ways to say friend in different languages (in alphabetical order):

  1. Afrikaans = vriend
  2. Albanian = mik
  3. Amharic = ግብር፣ ልጅ
  4. Arabic = صديق, sadiq
  5. Armenian: ընկեր, ynger
  6. Aymara = masi
  7. Azerbaijani = dost
  8. Basque = lagun
  9. Belarusan = сябар, siabar (“syahbahr”)
  10. Bengali = বন্ধু, bandhu
  11. Bosnian = prijatelj
  12. Bulgarian = приятел, priyatelyu
  13. Cantonese = pang-jau (“pan-yow”)
  14. Catalan = amic/amiga
  15. Cebuano = higala
  16. Cherokee = unalii (“oo-nah-lee-ee”)
  17. Croatian = prijatelj
  18. Czech = přítel
  19. Danish = ven
  20. Dutch = vriend
  21. Esperanto = amiko
  22. Estonian = sober
  23. Filipino = kaibigan
  24. Finnish = ystävä (“oo-stah-vah”)
  25. French = ami/amie (“ah-me”)
  26. Galician = amigo
  27. Georgian = მეგობრები, megobari
  28. German = Freund/Freundin
  29. Greek = φίλος/φίλη, filos (“fee-yohs”)
  30. Gujarati: મિત્ર (mitra)
  31. Haitian Creole: zanmi
  32. Hausa = aboki
  33. Hawaiian = hoaloha/makamaka
  34. Hebrew = חבר, chaver/chaverah (“shah-vehr”)
  35. Hindi = दोस्त, mitr (“mit-ruh”)
  36. Hmong = phooj ywg
  37. Hungarian = barát
  38. Icelandic = vinur
  39. Igbo = nwanne
  40. Indonesian = teman
  41. Irish Gaelic = cara (“kor-ah”)
  42. Italian = amico/amica
  43. Japanese = 友達, tomodachi
  44. Javanese= sahabat
  45. Kannada = ಸ್ನೇಹಿತ (sneehita)
  46. Kazakh = достар (dostar)
  47. Khmer = មិត្តភាព, mittpheap (“muht-pey-uhp”)
  48. Korean = 친구, chingu
  49. Kurdish = heval
  50. Kyrgyz = достор, dostor
  51. Lao = ພື້ນເຈົ້າ, phueng chao
  52. Latin = amicus
  53. Latvian = draugs/draudzene
  54. Lithuanian = draugas/draugė
  55. Luxembourgish = Frënd/Frëndin
  56. Macedonian = пријател, prijatel
  57. Malagasy= namana
  58. Malay = kawan
  59. Malayalam = സൗഹൃദം (sauhridam)
  60. Maltese= ħabib/habiba
  61. Mandarin (Chinese) = 朋友, péng yǒu (“pong yoh”)
  62. Maori = hoa
  63. Marathi = मित्र (mitra)
  64. Mongolian = найз, naiz
  65. Nepali = साथी, sathi
  66. Norwegian = venn
  67. Polish = przyjaciel (“pshey-ah-szey-ehl”)
  68. Portuguese = amigo/amiga
  69. Punjabi = dōsata
  70. Romanian = prieten
  71. Russian = друг, droog/padrooga
  72. Samoan = uō
  73. Serbian = prijatelj
  74. Sinhala = miturā
  75. Slovak = kamarát
  76. Slovene = prijatelj
  77. Spanish = amigo/amiga
  78. Swahili = rafiki
  79. Swedish = vän
  80. Tamil = naṇpar (“nahn-puhr”)
  81. Thai = pʉ̂an sà-nìt
  82. Turkish = arkadaş
  83. Ukrainian = druh
  84. Uzbek = do'stim
  85. Vietnamese = bạn bè (“baht-bay”)
  86. Xhosa = umhlobo
  87. Zulu = umngane


No matter what language(s) you speak or where you come from, take the time to appreciate the friendships in your life and the unique ways in which they enrich your experience of the world.


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