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Old 09-26-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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Oh, it's the same in French - Allemagne ( Germany is identified by the name of one of German tribes, apparently)
Yes, the Alemanni. But it's no different from France or England in that sense. France is named after the Franks, which is only one of the peoples who lived in what now is France, and England is named after the Angles, which is only one of the peoples who lived in what now is England.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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Only if you're not French.

The term is Royaume-Uni which is simply the French translation of "United Kingdom."
It's alright. Owen is easily confused by Johnny Foreigner...
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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You mean "Royaume-Uni"????
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:36 AM
 
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well we all say Sri Lanka. but there are few other names called to it in sinhalese

like siri lankawa, thambapanni.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: PriBaltica!
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In Latvian:

Russia: Krievija
Estonia: Igaunija
Belarus: Baltkrievija
Germany: Vācija
Spain: Spānija

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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In Latvian:

Russia: Krievija
Estonia: Igaunija
Belarus: Baltkrievija
Germany: Vācija
Spain: Spānija

So is "balt" (or something close) the Latvian word for "white"?
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Why, I wonder?
Russian language identifies Germans with the same word, the country however is still "Germany."
For those who don't know, "German" is немецкий nemetski.

In Italian, "German" is tedesco.

In Russian, "China" is Китай Kitai and "Chinese" is китайский kitaiski. "China" and "Chinese" and their foreign-language cognates (French chinois, Italian cinese, etc.) all depart from the native word for "China" by far, which is 中國 zhōngguó (which literally means "center country").

In German, "German" is deutsch and "Germany" is Deutschland, so as you can see, to the native speakers of German, even our word and the cognate word in many languages--Italian Germania, or even French Allemagne for "Germany" and Spanish alemán for "German"--all seem to all depart from their word.

"Japan", and other cognates like Portuguese Japão, French Japon, sound nothing like the Japanese word 日本 nihon and "Japanese" (japonês, japonais) also doesn't sound like Japanese 日本人 nihonjin.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Well, the Russian word for 'mute' is немой, which isn't *that* different from the Polish word.
Немой transliterates to nemoy for those who can't read Cyrillic.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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So is "balt" (or something close) the Latvian word for "white"?
Бель/biel is a common Slavic root for "white". Many Slavic words for "white" start with bel-.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Hungary = Mađarska
This reminds me...the Hungarian for "Hungarian" is Magyar, which much more closely approximates Mađarska than our English "Hungary". Keep in mind also that đ and gy in Magyar/Mađarska are much more similar in sound than they appear orthographically.
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