Surfing: learn how to write it down in 35 languages

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:

Language

Mandarin
Spanish
English
Hindi
Arabic
Portuguese
Bengali
Russian
Japanese
Punjabi
German
Javanese
Malay/Indonesian
Telugu
Vietnamese
Korean
French
Marathi
Tamil
Urdu
Persian
Turkish
Italian
Thai
Gujarati
Polish
Kannada
Malayalam
Ukrainian
Nepali
Hungarian
Greek
Czech
Swedish
Belarusian

Native Speakers (Millions)

955
405
360
310
295
215
205
155
125
102
89
82
77
76
76
76
74
73
70
66
65
63
59
56
49
40
38
38
30
17
13
12
10
8.7
7.6

Translation

冲浪
surf
surfing
सर्फ़िंग
ركوب الأمواج
surf/surfe
সার্ফিং
серфинг
サーフィン
ਤਰੰਗ
surfen
selancar
berselancar
సర్ఫింగ్
lướt sóng
파도 타기
surf
सर्फ
உலாவல்
سرفنگ
گشت و گذار
sörf
surfing
ท่อง
સર્ફિંગ
surfowanie/surfing
ಸರ್ಫಿಂಗ್
സർഫിംഗ്
серфінг
सर्फिङ
szörfözés
σέρφινγκ
surfování
surfning/surfing
сёрфінг

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