how do you say father in Spanish

Dad in Spanish Translation: How Do You Say Father in Espanol Spell?

Spanish Word for Dad

Learning a foreign language is gaining popularity. You have probably witnessed this among your relatives and friends. Spanish is one of the languages that many people around the world are learning. If you are starting to learn the language or you are thinking about learning the language then you should probably be curious on how to call your father in Spanish.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Well, there are very many ways to say dad in Spanish. Well, let us learn together so that the next time you visit your dad you’ll surprise him by telling him ‘te Quiero papa’ I love my dad.


Saying dad in Spanish is similar to how you say mom in Spanish. The most common form to say dad in Spanish is to say, papa. This is similar to how you would say papa in English. However, there’s a minor difference in how you pronounce papa in Spanish. In Spanish, you emphasize the second syllable. You can draw it out. This is because potato in Spanish is papa. People will probably understand you are referring to your dad when you say papa based on your context. However, it’s always best to pronounce it as I have explained earlier for you would not want to be seen as calling one a potato. All nouns in Spanish are gendered. Therefore it goes without saying that papa is masculine. Therefore it takes the masculine article el (the) or un (a). for example, the de ser el papa de Pedro for he must be Pedro’s dad.


Father is used in a more formal context while dad is used informally. Padre is the Spanish word for father.  Padre is also masculine and therefore is always accompanied by the masculine articles el or un.

Stepfather and Stepdad

Like I said earlier in Spanish dad is used informally in a personal nature while the father is more official. Therefore you must be careful about the context in which you want to use the words. Stepfather in Spanish is padre del Paso while stepdad is papa del Paso.

Important to Note

It is important to note that due to cultural and geographical differences different Spanish speakers might use these words differently. For example, most Spaniards use padre in adulthood while in Latin America papa is used till adulthood. Roman Catholic fathers are called padres. In some countries, it is appropriate to call old men papa even if you are not related. However, you should first enquire about people’s cultures before you do this. In some places, babies call their dads papi. However, in other places, papi can be used to describe a male romantic partner. In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico papi is a boyfriend. papi is also used to refer to a friend or a mate in Puerto Rico.

You must, therefore, be very careful about how you use different versions of a father in Spanish. You should be aware of the cultural practices of the people to avoid embarrassing yourself.

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