Surfing is a universal language. Do you know how to write the name of your favorite sport in Mandarin? Let's learn how to jot down "surfing" in the 35 most spoken languages.
International English is a global language, but it is not alone in the world. To get things started, we should have in mind that there are approximately 955 million Mandarin native speakers, i.e., 14.4 percent of the world population.
We've traced the origin of the word "surfing," and we know that, in Hawaiian, "he'e nalu" stands for "to surf waves." Now, it's time to travel the planet and ask how do you write it down, in multiple languages.
Interestingly, many languages have adopted the English word or, at least, part of the expression. The Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish and Swedish, for example, have decided to keep the core of the term.
Others - basically the majority of the languages which do not follow the Latin alphabet - have set their own graphic design for expressing the sport of surfing, in the written form. Let's see how surfing is typed in the keyboards of the world:
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