How To Say Shark In 45 Different Languages

Sharks are the ominous ocean predators that have often been described as the rulers of the oceans, stars of horror movies, and subjects of fascination.

Sharks have also been celebrated as powerful gods and divine creatures by some native cultures. For example, Fijians believe the shark god Dakuwaqa could protect fishermen from the dangers at sea

And today, sharks are recognized as apex predators and some of the most fascinating creatures of the world’s ocean.

There are over 500 different species of shark. The largest is over 40 feet long and the smallest could fit in the palm of our hand.

Unfortunately, one-third of these species are threatened due to over-fishing. After millions of years in the making, these amazing predators may be meeting their greatest challenge yet.

Today’s post is all about these amazing creatures. We’ve decided to pay our respect to these apex predators by explaining how to say “shark” in 45 different languages. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

Afrikaans  : haai (af)

Araki  : p̈aheu (*) , Pahe (*)

Armenian  : շնաձուկ (hy) ( šnadzuk )

Basque  : marrazo (eu)

Bulgarian  : акула (bg) ( akula )

Catalan  : Tauró (AC)

Chinese  : 鲨鱼 (zh) ( Shayu )

Czech  : Žralok (cs) male

Danish  : haj (da) common

Dutch  : haai (nl)

English  : shark (en)

Esperanto  : Sarko (eo)

Faroese  : hákelling (fo)

Finnish  : hai (fi)

Frisian  : haai (fy)

Georgia  : ზვიგენები (ka) ( zvigenebi )

German  : Hai (of) male , Haifisch (of) male

Greek  : καρχαρίας (el) ( karkharías ) male

Hebrew  : כריש (he) ( karys )

Hungarian  : CAPA (hu)

Icelandic  : hákarl (is) male

Ido  : sharko (io)

Italian  : pescecane (it) , squalo (it)

Japanese  : 鮫 (ja) ( Sami ) シャーク (ja) ( Shaku )

Kali’na  : aipajawa (*)

Korean  : 상어 (kb) ( sangeo )

Latin  : squalus (the) male

Luxembourg  : Hai (lb) male , Haifësch (lb)

Mavea  : Paio (*)

Mosina language  : Bogo (*)

Norwegian  : hai (no) male

Papiamento  : Tribon (*)

Persian  : کوسه (fa)

Polish  : rekin (pl) male

Portuguese  : tubarão (pt)  , cocoa (pt)  ; cão-do-mar (pt)

Romanian  : Rechin (ro) male

Russian  : акула (ru) ( ​​Akula ) female

Shingazidja  : panganyile (*) , mbamba (*)

Slovak  : Žralok (sk) male

Spanish  : tiburón (es) male

Sranan  : sarki (*)

Swedish  : haj (sv)

Tamil  : சுறா (ta) ( CURA )

Thai  : ปลา ฉลาม (th) ( bplaachàlăam )

Turkish  : Köpek baligi (tr)

Ukrainian  : акула (uk) ( Akula ) female

Yiddish  : הייַפֿיש (yi) ( hayfyš ) male

And why we are feeling silly let’s have a bit of ‘Baby Shark’…

We hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you managed to remember how to say shark in some of those languages. To find out more about sharks, consider getting yourself The Ultimate Book of Sharks from the link below:

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About the author: Emilia is the fashion guru of Beach Baby, with a deep appreciation for anything that can be worn or adorned. She makes her own apparel as well, including everything from swimwear, to dresses, and even shoes.  She also owns over 100 pairs of sunglasses!  Emilia also loves to surf, boogie board, and partake in a number of water sports.