"Where is mom?"
Translation:Où est maman ?
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Merci beaucoup, Sitesurf! :-)
Actually, in the US, it has become very common to refer to our Mothers as Mom, even when we are advancing in years ourselves (I called my mother, Mom until she passed away, and usually referred to her as my Mom).
However, it would be extremely odd for an adult to refer to her parents as Mommy and Daddy (although, it is accepted that some women in the southern states, like Texas, refer to their fathers as Daddy).
Whenever I call my mother, I always say "Hi Mom" (always). I'm 53 years old, and it's a common familiar usage in the U.S., not childish at all. I would never say "Hi Mother" when calling my Mom, it would seem churlish or a little sarcastic.
I always appreciate the Sitesurf tips in French, but think you missed the mark on this particular American English language usage.
I am not teaching American English here but I am aware of this usage.
I was answering a question about the differences between "mère" and "maman" when a French person refers to his or her mother. The average French people do call their mothers "Maman", as a title, whenever it is a direct address. But when they mention their mothers in conversations, they use "ma mère". Only young children refer to their mothers with "ma maman".
As a consequence, the French "mère" gets "mother" as best translation always, and "mom" (+ variants) is accepted as well; the French "maman" gets "mom" as best translation; the English "mom" gets "maman" as Best and "mère" is accepted as well; and the English "mother" gets "mère" and rejects "maman".