The word Zero in differnet languages

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In our previous post where we share who invented zero and then we thought we only know a few languages where we know it refers to zero. So why not collect the term zero in all languages. what is zero called in your native language. We would appreciate if you could provide the native language name and how u spell zero.

 

Cifra Spain
Cyfra Polish
Shunya Sanskrit
Meithen Greek
Sifr Pushtoo
Siffra Swedish
Sonne Kannada
Zero French
Ziffer German
 Nula Czech
 Babu Hausa

 

Please post in the comments below and we will add it in the post.

85 Responses to The word Zero in differnet languages
  1. Sagir mk mai kano
    February 6, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Babu in hausa languege

  2. CybranM
    February 6, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    “Siffra” is not zero in swedish >.>

  3. admin
    February 6, 2012 | 9:44 pm

    @sagir:
    Thanks for the info, we will update the post.

    @Cybran:
    What is it called in Swedish then, please let us know..

    Thanks.

  4. hadi akbar
    April 16, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    Kosong in bahasa malaysia

  5. Gul Sher Khan
    May 24, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    “SIFFER” called in urdu Language.

  6. Dusan
    September 10, 2012 | 6:12 pm

    Nula in serbian, bosnian and croatian

  7. hreaper
    October 4, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Sifar in Bahasa Malaysia as well.

  8. lubo
    October 17, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    “Nula” also in czech and slovak

  9. Sr.Botones
    October 24, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    Cifra in spanish is not Zero, the most common word is Cero for the english word Zero.
    Cifra is like “cipher” or “cypher”

  10. Alain
    October 28, 2012 | 11:44 pm

    ‘Nul’ in Dutch

  11. Mo
    October 29, 2012 | 1:24 am

    In Farsi (Persian), it is spelled “صفر” and is pronounced “/sefr/”

  12. Wilhelmina
    October 29, 2012 | 2:31 am

    I am South African but live in Australia now. In South Africa we say “nul” and in Australia it is “zero”

  13. Irfan
    October 29, 2012 | 4:16 am

    Nol in Indonesian Language

  14. Advait
    October 29, 2012 | 8:27 am

    Shoonya or Shunya in Hindi

  15. Jayant
    October 29, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    “sunna” in Telugu
    “Shunya” in Hindi

  16. Ana
    October 29, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Ničla and nula in Slovene. The french expression zero has the accute accent, zéro.

  17. blutkind
    October 29, 2012 | 4:53 pm

    It’s Null in German – not Ziffer.

  18. Darkpanda
    October 29, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    Cero in spanish

  19. Peter
    October 29, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    once again: “Nula” in Slovak :-)

  20. Samira
    October 31, 2012 | 7:58 pm

    Sefr in Persian

  21. mandakasa
    October 31, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    “SIFIR” in Turkish.

  22. A.
    November 1, 2012 | 10:40 pm

    Null in Estonian

  23. Kovi
    November 3, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    “Nulla” in hungarian

  24. Norman kagera
    November 3, 2012 | 9:19 pm

    It is called SUFURI in swahili and KIBUGU in gikuyu Languages of Kenya

  25. steve
    November 8, 2012 | 12:38 am

    sifr in Arabic which is the origin of the word and who invented it.

  26. @Jap
    November 12, 2012 | 10:23 pm

    “Ling” in Chinese.
    “Rei” in Japanese.

  27. safi
    November 16, 2012 | 10:56 pm

    in Dari language its called Seefer for zero

  28. George
    November 22, 2012 | 1:29 am

    “Nula” in Bulgarian too

  29. M.D.JAYAKUMAAR
    November 23, 2012 | 10:35 pm

    For ’0′, in Malay language it is KOSAM.

  30. Lizzie
    November 24, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    The Norwegian word is “null”. (Also, the Swedish one is “noll”, the Danish is “nul” and the Icelandic is “núll”.)

  31. Ori
    November 25, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    In Hebrew you spell אפס, or Efes

  32. fred
    November 25, 2012 | 7:25 pm

    In Polish 0 is zero, while Cyfra=digit

  33. Hasan Eksi
    November 26, 2012 | 3:41 am

    Sıfır in Turkish

  34. Mieum
    November 27, 2012 | 7:41 pm

    In Korean = “young” (영) or “kong” (공)

    Also in English, some people say “oh” instead of zero when giving addresses or phone numbers.

  35. Dan Sahlin
    November 28, 2012 | 4:17 am

    It is called “noll” in Swedish, which is my native language.
    I happen to know that it is “Null” in German.

  36. Lusulpher
    November 30, 2012 | 7:30 am

    In the Caribbean, some people still refer to zeros as ‘naughts’, as in ‘nothings’.

  37. Jessie
    December 2, 2012 | 5:24 am

    Zero in Latin is ciphra. :)

  38. Max Pimentel
    December 3, 2012 | 3:23 am

    In Philippines zero is siro.

  39. Null ist eine Ziffer
    December 3, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    I think you are confusing the words “digit” and “zero” in this article.

    The term “Ziffer” (German) in your list is shown in Wikipedia as “Zahlzeichen”, which in English translates to digits and is explained as: “A digit is a type of symbol … to represent numbers”. This is totally different from “zero” (or “Null” in German) which means only the number with specific value=0. Zero is a digit, but not all digits are zero.

    I think most of the words listed in your original article represent the word “digit” (or “Ziffer” in German) which is the generic term for any number, while most of the comments give you the answer to your question, ie. what is the word for zero in any given language … cero in Spanish, rei in Japanese, Null in German, etc…

  40. Uli
    December 3, 2012 | 8:10 pm

    It’s “Null” in German, not “Ziffer”. Ziffer = digit (math.)

  41. Panu Honka
    December 6, 2012 | 2:37 am

    -7+17-10=Nolla (in Finnish)

  42. Orlando
    December 9, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    “Zewo” in Haitian Creole.

  43. aser
    December 10, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Sifr in urdu
    Shunne in hindi

  44. Luixv
    December 17, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    Cifra is not zero in spanish. It is called “cero”.
    Ziffer is not zero in german. It is called “Null” with capital N.

  45. Ismail
    December 21, 2012 | 7:39 am

    @Admin, sagir posting/comment was incomplete for me to see what he had to say..but Babu is not Zero in Hausa. “Sihiri” is zero in Hausa. Babu meaning “no”, eg if you were ask if the utility mains is available and the answer is no, I will responde with “babu”

  46. Moho
    December 23, 2012 | 8:32 pm

    Sefr in Farsi. It’s written:
    صفر

  47. Angad
    December 24, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    “Sunnya” also in Hindi.

  48. Muhammed Shafi M
    December 28, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    Poojyam in Malyalam..

  49. Joseph
    December 29, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Poojjiyam is in tamil.

  50. Stefan Back
    December 31, 2012 | 10:31 pm

    There are many errors here.

    The word “zero” (English) is:

    “noll” in Swedish
    “Null” in German
    “nul” in Dutch
    “nolla” in Finnish
    “null” in Estonian
    “nul” in Danish
    “núll” in Icelandic
    “null” in Faroese
    “nulo” in Esperanto
    “null” in Norwegian (both languages – Nynorsk & Bokmål)
    “nul” in Russian
    “nula” in Czech
    “nulis” in Lithuanian
    “nulle” in Latvian
    “nula” in Bosnian
    “nula” in Serbian
    “nula” in Croatian
    “nula” in Montenegrin
    “nula” in Slovak
    “nulti” in Macedonian
    “nic” in Slovene
    “nihil” in Latin
    “zero” in Polish
    “zero” in Italian
    “zero” in English
    “zéro” in French
    “zero” in Interlingua
    “zero” in Amharic
    “zero” in Basque
    “zero” in Catalan
    “cero” in Spanish
    “cero” in Galician
    “zero” in Portuguese
    “miidén” in Greek
    “saiva” in Fijian
    “kore” in Maori
    “sifar” in Arabic
    “sifuri” in Swahili
    “sifir” in Turkish
    “sifir” in Kurdish
    “ling” in Chinese (Mandarin)
    “zero” or “réi” or “léi” in Japanese
    “eber” in Somali”

  51. macarthur
    January 2, 2013 | 6:40 pm

    “soon” in Thai

  52. Polina
    January 3, 2013 | 6:13 am

    in Bulgarian is pronounced [ nula ] and we write it: нула

  53. Baacha Khan
    January 4, 2013 | 8:59 pm

    @ADMIN:
    Sorry you are wrong there. Pushto a.k.a Pakhto is a widely spoken language in Pakistan and to surprise you, there is no such word as zero in Pushto.

    “Siffer / Sea-fur” is the word for zero in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan.

    - Baacha Khan

  54. Taurus
    January 9, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Can I add something ?
    For the Philippines It is called “wala”

  55. Benjamin David
    January 13, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Pujiyam in tamil language.

  56. Daniel Wong
    January 23, 2013 | 8:59 am

    零 in Chinese

  57. Masoud
    January 23, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    nope, Indians invented the zero!

  58. Mary
    January 27, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    Zero is called Nono in dholuo in Kenya

  59. Guru
    January 28, 2013 | 6:44 pm

    “POOJYAM” (പൂജ്യം) in Malayalam (Kerala – India)

  60. Eric
    February 9, 2013 | 12:48 am

    Agreed, Null in German

  61. Eric
    February 9, 2013 | 12:49 am

    BTW, Ziffer means “Digit”

  62. TheLonecodeman
    February 10, 2013 | 3:08 am

    This article must be a joke. How can it have been published without the most basic check? Terrible!

  63. Svend Madsen
    February 18, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Zero in Danish is “nul”.

  64. Jens
    February 19, 2013 | 1:32 am

    its not “ziffer”…. zero is called “null” in german

  65. chit
    March 26, 2013 | 9:23 am

    its Sonne in kannada(Karnataka-India)… and
    Shunyam in sanskrit…

  66. Shahin
    March 31, 2013 | 1:13 am

    “sıfır” in azerbaijani

  67. Saeed Jamsa
    March 31, 2013 | 7:53 pm

    its Sifr in Urdu as well… and written exactly like Persian
    صفر

  68. Kiran
    April 1, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Sunna in telugu

  69. Baskar
    April 1, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Zero ==> Tamil word “Pojiyam”

  70. Karthik Raj
    April 3, 2013 | 10:28 am

    suzhi in Tamil (சுழி). Pronounced as Suli.

  71. Rocco Jiang
    April 7, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    It is ‘ 零 ‘ in Chinese, and is pronounced ‘ling’.

  72. leena
    April 8, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    siffar is zero in panjabi

  73. Alka Doshi
    April 15, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    Zero India

  74. Heruy
    April 17, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    In Ethiopia “duwa” by afan oromo

  75. Manish
    April 26, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    Person who invented zero – Chanyakya from india..

  76. deepak bhalla
    April 28, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    Zero in Sanskrit is called Shoonya

  77. papepipopumamemimomu
    April 28, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    Cero latin america

  78. James Melbin
    April 28, 2013 | 6:53 pm

    In Nigereria, we yoruba people call it ‘Oodo’

  79. mohammed
    April 30, 2013 | 10:19 pm

    safar in arabic

  80. hendra
    May 1, 2013 | 10:41 pm

    NOL in bahasa indonesia

  81. nitkov
    May 13, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    Kurac in Bosnian,
    pronounced like kooratz

  82. smexeysnail123
    May 24, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    ‘Cifra’ is not zero in spanish, it’s ‘Cero’ I should know because I’m in spanish immersion!!! :)

  83. Miyah Khadijah AIi
    February 25, 2014 | 4:46 am

    Zero is actually “zero” in Polish, not “cyfra”.

  84. gatra gautama
    March 24, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    “endol” in indonesian (java language)

  85. Rashida Parveen Kalhoro
    March 30, 2014 | 5:29 pm

    Zeo called “Buree” in Sindhi langue.

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