You always want to be safe when traveling, whether it’s for work or for pleasure. Being safe includes wearing condoms. Do you know how to say condom in other languages? If you’ve never thought of that, it’s ok. We’re here for you.
The foreign word for condom sometimes is very similar to English, but in many cases, it does not sound, pronounce or read the same at all.
There are several types of condoms but many more ways how to say condom in multiple languages. Before you board that plane, arm yourself with some local lingo. Along with "Where is the bathroom?" and "May I have a beer, please?", learn how to say condoms wherever you are going to ensure you have your sexiest vacation or work trip yet.
Several thousand languages
There are several thousand languages in the world today. Many languages relate to one another and are part of a family or a group.
According to the Summer Institute of Linguistics, also known as SIL International, the list is quite extensive -- 6,909 distinct languages to be exact. We promise we won't go into all of those in this article. But we do give you the word for a condom in the most common current languages.
How to say condom in other languages
Albanian - prezervativ
There are 5.4 million native speakers of Albanian in the Balkans, where it is an official language in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
Afrikaans - kondoom
There are 7.2 million native speakers of Afrikaans, mostly in South Africa but also in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Afrikaans has origins in Dutch.
Amharic - ኮንዶም - konidomi
As of 2007, some 22 million people, almost exclusively in Ethiopia, speak the Amharic language.
Over 400 million native speakers
Arabic - واق ذكري - waq dhikri
Did you know with over 400 million native speakers, Arabic sits in the middle of the Top 10 list of languages spoken around the world? This very old language spread throughout, and continues as a primary language of, 19 Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Arabic speakers reside in Morocco, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, Jordan, etc.
There is also half a dozen countries, like Chad, Israel, Somalia, that have Arabic as a second official language.
There is great diversity among the many Arabic-speaking countries.
Armenian - պահպանակ - pahpanak
Armenia is a land-locked country located smack-dab in the middle between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Around 6 million people speak Armenian, of which 3 million live in Armenia.
Azerbaijani - kondom
Not surprising, Azerbaijani is spoken in Azerbaijan.
This country has a population of 10 million and sits just to the north of another former Soviet Republic, Armenia.
Languages B to C
Bangali - কনডম - kanadama
Bengali, spoken by some 250 million, is also referred to as Bangal. Bengali is the official language of Bangladesh and is one of the 20+ official languages of India.
Belarusian - прэзерватыў - preziervatyŭ
Belarusian is the official language of Belarus. Located in the northern part of Eastern Europe, this country has 2.5 million native speakers (ca. 2011). Russian is also an official language of Belarus.
Bosnian - kondom
Approximately 3.5 million people speak Bosnian, mostly individuals in Bosnia, one of the countries in the former Soviet Republic of Yugoslavia.
There are many condom brands around the world so be ready to bump into some labels you’ve never heard before. Travel is all about exploring so you might as well explore condoms as well. Though brands like Durex are well represented globally, many countries have different options.
Southeastern Slavic language
Bulgarian - презерватив - prezervativ
Bulgarian is a southeastern Slavic language, written in the Cyrillic alphabet, that has 8 to 9 million native speakers, mostly in Bulgaria.
Catalan - condó
There are approximately 4 million native speakers of Catalan spoken by people in a specific pocket of Western Europe (parts of Andorra, France, Italy, Spain).
1.2 billion native speakers
Chinese – Mandarin (Simplified) - 避孕套 - Bìyùn tào
China is the most populated country and Mandarin is the most spoken language on Earth, so you dang well better know the word for condom.
Seriously, out of a country population of 1.379 million, there are 1.2 billion native speakers of Mandarin!
Czech - kondom
Czech is the language of the Czech Republic, now known as Czechia, with 10.7 million native speakers (2015).
Languages D to F
Danish - kondom
Danish is one of the Scandinavian languages, spoken by around 6 million native speakers in Denmark, Greenland and parts of northern Germany.
Dutch - condoom
The Dutch language is often considered a middle point between English and German. Dutch is the first language for at least 23 million people, including those in the Netherlands and Belgium, the Caribbean countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, and Surinam in South America.
Bits of Africa and Indonesia also speak variations of Dutch.
English is a global language
English - condom
English is a global language with 360–400 million native speakers (2006) and second language speakers to 400 million as well as a foreign language to around 600–700 million.
Spoken by 1 million people
Estonian - kondoom
Estonian is one of the three most used languages in the Uralic language family, and is spoken by 1 million people, mostly in Estonia. This country was formerly a part of the Soviet Union and is located in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland.
Finnish - kondomi
Just like it’s neighbor Estonia, the language of Finland also resides in the Uralic family of languages, making it different than the other Scandinavian countries. Just over 5 million people speak Finnish as their native language.
French - préservatif
With Paris being the “City of Love” and Parisians speaking a Romantic Language, you better know how to say condom in French. French is native to over 77 million native speakers (including those Parisians).
According to the estimates, there are around 274 million French speakers in the world today, and some of the romantic charms surely has rubbed off.
Languages G to H
Greek - προφυλακτικό - profylaktikó
Greek is an official language to over 13 million and native to Greece and other parts of Eastern Mediterranean. It’s an ancient language. Did you know condoms have quite the history too?
Haitian Creole - kapòt
Haiti is a Caribbean country with a population of almost 11 million. Its inhabitants speak Haitian Creole, a derivative of French Creole. The best way to describe Haitian Creole is a mash-up of French with some Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages.
Hebrew - קוֹנדוֹם
Hebrew is spoken by over 9 million people worldwide and is native to Israel.
22 official languages in India
Hindi - कंडोम - kandom
There are 22 official languages in India. That might seem like a lot until you hear there are actually way more languages on this Sub-Asian continent. Some reports state 880 languages while others report over 1600 “mother tongues”. The good news is that English is also widely spoken due to the British colonization of India back in the 1700s.
Hindi, one of the official Indian languages, is spoken by 260 million in India, making it one the of Top 5 most spoken languages in the world.
Native to 13 million speakers
Hungarian - óvszer
Hungary is a country in Central Europe with a rich history due to is geographic location. Hungarian is native to 13 million speakers. Remember how we talked about there being three main languages the Uralic language family?
We already talked about Finnish and Estonian. Believe it or not, Hungarian is the third, even though it’s much farther south in Europe than the other two. You’ll often see Hungarian on the list of most difficult languages to learn, as it doesn’t share its roots with the Romance or Germanic languages.
Languages I to J
Icelandic - smokk
Icelandic is in the Nordic branch of Germanic languages and has over 350,000 native speakers. When we saw the word for “condom” in Icelandic, we thought, “If you don’t use a smokk in Iceland, you are definitely a schmuck.” By the way, Icelandic is an old language.
Indonesian - kondom
Indonesian is the national language of Indonesia, which has a population over 260 million. Indonesia, and especially the Island of Bali, is a beautiful and hot vacation destination, so you better know the local word for condom or bring lots from home.
One of the oldest languages in the world
Irish - coiscín
The Republic of Ireland is a European country that mainly speaks English due to its proximity to England, but Gaelic is also spoken. In fact, Gaelic is one of the oldest languages in the world. Another cool factoid is that it has the oldest literature in Western Europe.
Italian - preservativo
Italian is a language of poets and artists so it’s no wonder that Italians have a bellisimo way with words. Some 90 million speakers use Italian language.
Japanese - コンドーム - kondōmu
Japenese is the native language to 125 million according to 2010 data, and it is the official language of Japan. It’s also difficult to learn.
Languages K to L
Kazakh - презервативтер - prezervatïvter
Kazakh is the language of Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country that previously belonged to the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan has a population of nearly 18 million. We wonder if Borat asked for his condoms by saying “презервативтер”?
Korean - 콘돔 - kondom
Korean is spoken by nearly 80 million people in North and South Korea.
Latvian - prezervatīvs
Latvian is the language of Latvia, a country in Europe with a population of nearly 2 million people.
Lithuanian - prezervatyvas
Lithuania is also one of the former Soviet bloc nations with a population close to 3 million who speak Lithuanian.
Luxembourgish – kondom
Luxembourgish is a West Germanic language used by almost 400 thousand people in Luxemburg, the smallest country in Western Europe.
Languages M to R
Mongolian - бэлгэвч - belgevch
If you go to Mongolia in East Asia, the local language you'll hear people speak is Mongolian.
Norwegian - kondom
Native speakers of Norwegian reside almost exclusively in Norway. This Scandinavian country has a population of slightly over 5 million.
You have to admit that some of the condom translations are far from English, but on the other hand, some are pretty close. How to say condom in Somali and Ukrainian are coming up soon.
Polish - prezerwatywa Polish is a West Slavic language with 55 million native speakers, mostly in Poland.
220 million native speakers
Portuguese - preservativo
Portuguese has a big group of 220 million native speakers worldwide. This language not only serves people in Portugal but also in the sexy, sexy, Brazil.
Romanian - prezervativ
Approximately 26 million people speak Romanian, both in Romania and Moldova. Romania is known as the home of Transylvania and some gypsies.
Russian - презерватив - prezervativ
Russian is the official language of the world's largest country (in terms of geography), Russia, which has a population of slightly over 144 million. Because Russia had so many countries under its umbrella, many other people speak this East Slavic language.
Languages starting with S
Serbian - кондом
Serbia is a country in the Balkans with a population of around 7 million who speak Serbian. Serbians are rather tall, so we bet this country’s men need larger condom sizes.
Slovak - kondóm
Slovak is the official language of Slovakia. This central European country has a population of nearly 5. 5 million.
Somali - kondoom Somali is an official language of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Somalia is located in East Africa, and has been acquainted with modern day pirates.
Many Spanish speakers in the U.S.
Spanish - condón
The 47 million people who inhabit the European country of Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula, obviously speak Spanish. Spain, however, does not have the highest number of Spanish speakers. It’s actually Mexico, with 120 million. There are even more people who speak Spanish.
With native speakers in 20 countries, Spanish may be the language spoken in the most countries, but not by the most people (Mandarin holds that record).
These include countries in Central America, South America, and the Philippines, which was once under Spanish influence.
There are also many Spanish speakers in the U.S. All this combined makes Spanish the 2nd most spoken language in the world, and a definite reason to know that “condón” means condom.
Swedish - kondom
Swedish is the language spoken in Sweden, which has a population reaching 10 million.
Languages T to U
Thai - ถุงยาง - T̄hung yāng
Thai is an official language in Thailand, which has a population of almost 69 million. Remember, you want what happens in Bangkok to stay in Bangkok so get plenty of condoms to protect yourself from the most common STDs.
Turkish - prezervatif
Turkey lies at the gateway between Europe and the Middle East, giving it an enviable and often sought-after location. Turkish is spoken by this country’s population of nearly 80 million (2017).
Ukrainian - презерватив - prezervatyv
Ukrainian is a language that shares deep similarities with Russian, and is spoken by inhabitants of Ukraine. This European country has a population of 45 million, according to data from 2016.
Uzbek - prezervativ
Uzbek is the language spoken in Uzbekistan, which is located in Central Asia with a population of nearly 32 million as of 2016. Capital: Tashkent Currency: Soʻm
Check out the name of their currency
It seems fitting that the last country we picked for our "how to say condom" list is Vietnam (check out the name of their currency…). Vietnamese - bao cao su Vietnamese is the official language in Vietnam with 75 million native speakers.
Regardless of where your travels take you, you just learned how to say condom in a bunch of languages.
If you don't have a flair for foreign languages, don't worry. Just buy your condoms online before you leave. It’s so easy by placing your order at CondomJungle.com before your trip.
Hint: If you plan to have sex, you probably will, so stock up. Remember, no matter where you are, what you do or whom you’re doing it with, stay safe and Hump Responsibly!
Afterthought: Are you a native speaker of one of the countries featured in our article? If so, feel free to contact us if you spot any mistakes.
We relied on a variety of available Internet sources such as Wikipedia, among others, and especially our many foreign friends for our research.