so intimidatingly different from English
In Africa, Swahili has mama and baba.
In the Philippines, Tagalog has nanay and tatay.
Fijian has nana and tata.
Mandarin soothes unexpectedly in offering up mama and baba.
Chechen in the Caucasus? Naana and daa.
Native American languages?
Eskimo has anana and ataata;
Koasati, spoken in Louisiana and Texas, turns out to have mamma and taata;
Down further in El Salvador, Pipil has naan and tatah.