E-mail in different languages

E-Mail in Different Languages

Discover 'E-mail' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

E-mail, a term we're all familiar with, has revolutionized the way we communicate. It's more than just a word; it's a cultural phenomenon that has transformed our daily lives and the way we conduct business. But have you ever wondered how 'e-mail' is translated into different languages?

The word 'e-mail' itself is a contraction of 'electronic mail'. It was first coined in the 1970s, during the advent of the internet age. Today, it's used by billions of people worldwide, making it a true global language.

Understanding the translation of 'e-mail' in different languages can provide fascinating insights into local cultures and language nuances. For instance, in Spanish, 'e-mail' is translated as 'correo electrónico', while in French, it's 'courriel'. In Mandarin, it's '电子邮件' (diànzǐ yóujiàn), and in Japanese, it's '電子メール' (denshi mēru).

Exploring these translations can be a fun and enlightening journey, opening up a world of cultural discovery and language learning. So, let's delve into the world of 'e-mail' translations and see how this global language is interpreted across different cultures.


E-Mail in Sub-Saharan African Languages

The Afrikaans word "e-pos" is derived from the English "e-mail" and retains its meaning.
"ኢሜል" is the Amharic word for "e-mail", which derives from "electronic mail".
The Hausa word for "email" is imel, meaning electronic message.
Ọ̀zì-e (e-mail) translates to "the mouth of the letter"
In Malagasy, the word "e-mail" is also used to refer to a "letter" or "message".
Nyanja (Chichewa)imelo
Nyanja's "imelo" originates from "melo," meaning "a message," and "i-" as a plural prefix.
In Shona, 'e-mail' can also refer to 'electronic communication' beyond just emails.
The Somali word "emayl" is derived from the English word "email" and has no alternate meanings in Somali.
The etymology of "lengolo-tsoibila" suggests "letters that run".
Swahilibarua pepe
The Swahili word "barua pepe" can also refer to a physical letter or document
"Imeyile" derives from "imeyi," meaning "letter," and "eli," meaning "electronic"
Imeeli was derived from the Yoruba words 'Iwe' meaning letter and 'Imeli' meaning to send
I-imeyili is a Zulu word derived from the English word "e-mail" and also means "message" or "notification" in Zulu.
Bambarae-mail fɛ
Ewee-mail dzi
Lingalae-mail na nzela ya e-mail
Twi (Akan)e-mail a wɔde mena

E-Mail in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

Arabicالبريد الإلكتروني
البريد الإلكتروني is derived from the English word "electronic mail".
The Hebrew word אימייל (e-mail) is a combination of the words אי (short for איגרת - “letter”) and מייל (short for מכתב יאל - “electronic mail”).
Arabicالبريد الإلكتروني
البريد الإلكتروني is derived from the English word "electronic mail".

E-Mail in Western European Languages

Albanianpostën elektronike
The term "postën elektronike" is derived from the Latin words "posta" (post) and "electronicus" (electronic).
Basqueposta elektronikoa
"Posta elektronikoa" is translated as "electronic mail," but the literal meaning of the words is "electronic post."
Catalancorreu electrònic
"Correu electrònic" literally means "electronic post" in Catalan. "Post" is also used in English to refer to electronic mail.
The Croatian word "e-pošta" is a calque of the English word "e-mail" and is also used to refer to the internet and web pages.
The Danish word "e-mail" derives from the American spelling of the phrase "electronic mail".
In Dutch, "e-mail" can also refer to a type of snail mail sent electronically.
'Email' is derived from 'electronic mail', and can also refer to 'enamel' or 'electromagnetic radiation'
Email ( courriel in French) is a short form of "electronic mail" (French: courrier électronique).
In Frisian, "e-post" literally translates to "electronic post", hence the English word "e-mail".
Galiciancorreo electrónico
The term "correo electrónico" in Galician not only means "e-mail", but also refers to the physical mail system.
The German word "E-Mail" was originally used to describe the electronic transmission of physical mail, not digital messages.
The word "tölvupóstur" is a compound word combining "tölva" (computer) and "póstur" (mail). It was coined by the Icelandic Language Committee in 1995.
It's the Anglicised form of the Irish word "ríomhphost" (pronounced "reev-of"), meaning "computer message".
In Italian, the word "e-mail" is also used to refer to the act of sending an email.
In Luxembourgish, "E-Mail" can also mean "electronic mail".
In Maltese, the word "posta elettronika" is used to refer to "e-mail".
In Norwegian, "e-post" also means "snail mail".
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)o email
Em Portugal, "o email" pode alternativamente significar um verniz para sapatos ou uma panela esmaltada.
Scots Gaelicpost-d
The word "post-d" in Scots Gaelic can also mean "snail mail" or "a physical letter sent through the postal service."
Spanishcorreo electrónico
El término correo electrónico proviene del francés "courrier électronique". En español, la palabra "correo" también puede referirse a la correspondencia postal.
The word "e-post" in Swedish is a compound word made up of "e-" and "post". "Post" means "mail" in Swedish, and "e-" is a prefix that means "electronic". So, "e-post" literally means "electronic mail".
E-bost (Welsh for "e-mail") is derived from "electronic" and "post (mail)".

E-Mail in Eastern European Languages

Belarusianэлектронная пошта
Электронная пошта is a compound word made up of электронная (“electronic”) and пошта (“mail”).
U bosanskom jeziku, riječ e-mail je skraćenica od engleskog termina electronic mail, što znači elektronska pošta.
Bulgarianелектронна поща
The Bulgarian word "електронна поща" is derived from the Russian word for "electronic mail."
In Czech, "e-mailem" can also refer to a personal folder for incoming and outgoing emails.
The word "e-post" is derived from the English word "electronic post", which refers to the electronic transmission of mail.
The word "sähköposti" literally translates to "electrical post" or "electric mail", with the prefix "sähkö" meaning "electricity" and "posti" meaning "post" or "mail".
In Hungarian, the word "email" can also refer to "enamel" or "electron mail".
"E-pastu" is in fact a derivative of two words, "elektroniskais" (electronic) and "pasts" (mail).
"El" is the short form for "elektroninis laškas", meaning "electronic mail".
The word "е-пошта" (e-mail) is derived from the English word "electronic mail" and also means "electronic post" in Macedonian.
In Polish, "e-mail" can also be an abbreviation of "elektroniczna maszyna licząca", meaning "electronic calculator".
The Romanian word email (e-mail) refers to the electronic appliance used to send and receive e-mails, not the service itself.
Russianэл. почта
The word "Эл. почта" is short for "электронная почта" (electronic mail) in Russian.
The word 'e-maил' in Serbian is borrowed from the English 'e-mail', but is used in a broader sense, encompassing all types of electronic mail, including email, SMS, and instant messages.
Email is a short way of spelling the word electronic mail.
In Slovenian, the word "E-naslov" is an abbreviation of "elektronski naslov," which means "electronic address."
Ukrainianелектронною поштою
The word "електронною поштою" in Ukrainian is derived from the English phrase "electronic mail" and literally means "electronic mail sent by post".

E-Mail in South Asian Languages

"ই-মেইল" শব্দটি ইংরেজি শব্দ "electronic mail"-এর সংক্ষিপ্ত রূপ।
The word 'ईमेल' (e-mail) in Hindi directly translates to 'letter' or 'mail' and is also used to refer to traditional paper mail.
The word "ഇ-മെയിൽ" is derived from the English word "e-mail", which is a short form of "electronic mail".
In Marathi, ई-मेल can also be interpreted as 'coming letter' or 'sent letter' due to the Marathi words ई (ईश्वर) meaning 'he' and मेल (मेल) meaning 'letter'.
ई-मेल is derived from English 'electronic mail'. It also means "aim to the eyes" in Sanskrit.
Punjabiਈ - ਮੇਲ
ਈ - ਮੇਲ (e-mail) is a term used in Punjabi to refer to electronic mail, which is the transmission of messages and files over computer networks.
Sinhala (Sinhalese)විද්යුත් තැපෑල
The word "ఇ-మెయిల్" is a loanword from English that refers to electronic mail, a method of transmitting messages digitally.
Urduای میل
In Urdu the word 'ای میل' is used to mean both 'e-mail' as well as 'the act or process of sending or receiving e-mail'.

E-Mail in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)电子邮件
Chinese (Traditional)電子郵件
"電郵"一詞在日文中本來的意思是"電報", 後來借來翻譯"電子郵件"
The alternate Japanese reading of the word “Eメール”, “ime-ru”, is a pun on the word for “entering” or “inserting”, as in the case of a syringe or computer data entry.
"이메일" is derived from Korean "전자우편" (electronic mail).
In Mongolian, имэйл (imeil) is a loanword from the English word "email" and can also refer to an "inbox" or "sent folder" in an email application.
Myanmar (Burmese)အီးမေးလ်

E-Mail in South East Asian Languages

The word "surel" is derived from the Dutch word "email," which is a portmanteau of "electronic" and "mail."
In Javanese, "e-mail" can also refer to a traditional letter or handwritten message.
The word "អ៊ីមែល" is derived from the English word "e-mail", which is a portmanteau of "electronic" and "mail".
The word "ອີເມລ" can also refer to a message, a letter, or a document.
The Malay word "e-mel" is a contraction of the English words "electronic mail".
The Thai word “อีเมล์” can also be used to describe a sweet and sour traditional Thai dish made with pork and coconut milk.
Thuật ngữ "email" trong tiếng Việt có nguồn gốc từ cụm từ tiếng Anh "electronic mail" (thư điện tử) và thường được viết tắt là "email".
Filipino (Tagalog)e-mail

E-Mail in Central Asian Languages

The word "e-poçt" is derived from the English word "e-mail" and has no alternate meanings in Azerbaijani.
Kazakhэлектрондық пошта
Слова «электрондық» (elektronduq) и «пошта» (posta) в совокупности означают «электронная почта».
Kyrgyzэлектрондук почта
Tajikпочтаи электронӣ
Uzbekelektron pochta
In Uzbek, "elektron pochta" can also literally mean "electrical mail".
Uyghurئېلېكترونلۇق خەت

E-Mail in Pacific Languages

Hawaiianleka uila
The term "leka uila" literally means "electric message" in Hawaiian.
The word "imeera" has the secondary meaning of "informant" due to the connotation of "to be made known" in the verb "kī".
'Imeil' is the result of combining 'i-meil', a transliteration of 'e-mail', with the Samoan definite article 'le'.
Tagalog (Filipino)e-mail
The word 'e-mail' is derived from the English words 'electronic mail', with the Tagalog word 'elektroniko' also able to be used.

E-Mail in American Indigenous Languages

Aymaracorreo electrónico tuqi
Guaranicorreo electrónico rupive

E-Mail in International Languages

The Esperanto word "retpoŝto" literally means "net post", referring to the transmission of messages over a network.
E-mail originated as a term for electronic mail in the 1960s, but its Latin roots mean "out of" or "from of" and "mail."

E-Mail in Others Languages

Greekηλεκτρονικη διευθυνση
Η λέξη «e-mail» είναι ένας αγγλικός δανεισμός που προέρχεται από την έκφραση “electronic mail”, δηλ. “ηλεκτρονικό ταχυδρομείο”.
"E-mail" in Hmong is "imeel," is also a common slang word for "to forget".
The Kurdish word "e-name" has other meanings such as "name of the email address" or "internet nickname."
"E-posta" kelimesi, Türkçe'de "elektronik posta" anlamına gelmektedir ve "posta" kelimesinin "e" ile birleştirilmesiyle oluşturulmuştur.
"Imeyile" derives from "imeyi," meaning "letter," and "eli," meaning "electronic"
Yiddishe- בריוו
E- בריוו in Yiddish is also a reference to an anonymous letter sent to a newspaper or other publication.
I-imeyili is a Zulu word derived from the English word "e-mail" and also means "message" or "notification" in Zulu.
Aymaracorreo electrónico tuqi
Bhojpuriई-मेल पर भेजल जा सकेला
Dogriई-मेल करो
Filipino (Tagalog)e-mail
Guaranicorreo electrónico rupive
Krioimel fɔ sɛn imel
Kurdish (Sorani)ئیمەیڵ
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯏ-ꯃꯦꯜ ꯇꯧꯕꯥ꯫
Mizoe-mail hmangin a rawn thawn a
Oromoiimeeliidhaan ergaa
Odia (Oriya)ଇ-ମେଲ୍ |
Quechuacorreo electrónico nisqawan
Tatarэлектрон почта

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