How Do You Say ‘ASAP’ In Other Languages?

In some countries, they just say ‘ASAP.’ Or ‘ah-zap.’
June 12, 2019
How Do You Say ‘ASAP’ In Other Languages?

What if you’re in another country and you want to tell someone to hurry the hell up already? First of all, you should ideally be prepared for any potential blowback to your snappiness. And second of all, you might want to check to see if ASAP stands for something in the local language. In many cases, other languages will adopt Anglicisms as loan words, which means you can probably get away with using this time-honored acronym in many other countries around the world.

In case you honestly didn’t know, ASAP stands for “as soon as possible.” It originated as U.S. Army slang in 1955, but today, we use it to imbue the most mundane requests with a military-style urgency. There are other languages around the world that recognize this acronym in the same form or have a different way to express the same concept.

Here are a couple of languages that recognize “ASAP” as a kindred term, just like in English, for requesting speedy turnover:

  • Italian (pronounced asap-pa)
  • Spanish (can be written A.S.A.P., a.s.a.p. or even ah.sah.p)
  • French (pronounced ah-zap)
  • Japanese

And when “ASAP” won’t cut it, here is how you would say “as soon as possible” (or whatever the closest equivalent of ASAP stands for) in a few different languages — including those ones listed above.

Danish: så hurtigt som muligt (hurtigst muligt for short)

Dutch: z.s.m. (short for zo snel mogelijk)

French: dès que possible

German: schnellstmöglich or so bald wie möglich

Indonesian: secepat mungkin (or just mungkin for short)

Italian: al più presto

Japanese: できる限り早く(dekiru kagiri hayaku)

Mandarin: 尽快 (jǐnkuài)

Norwegian: SFSM (short for så fort som mulig)

Portuguese: assim que possível or o quanto antes

Russian: срочно (srochno) or как можно скорее (kak mozhno skoreye)

Spanish: lo antes posible or cuanto antes

Turkish: en kısa zamanda

Learn a new language without delay.
Start Here
Author Headshot
Steph Koyfman
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.

Recommended Articles

Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

You probably use OK every day, but do you know what it stands for?
How To Say ‘Excuse Me’ In 10 Languages

How To Say ‘Excuse Me’ In 10 Languages

This is arguably the most important phrase to learn when you’re traveling abroad. Here’s how to say ‘excuse me’ in 10 world languages.
The Curious Terms For ‘Sun Shower’ From Around The World

The Curious Terms For ‘Sun Shower’ From Around The World

Is the Devil beating his wife, or is it a fox’s wedding? Just about every culture on Earth has a whimsical folkloric take on what it means when it rains on a sunny day.