Sonntag, 10. April 2016

Chinese names for countries

Which countries are translated with 國, like 中國? Japan for example doesn't contain 國 in its name: 日本 | Rì běn. Sometimes the names have similarities to the phonetics of the name in the original language. I assume that this is the reason for 德國 | Deutsch Land. But maybe not... :-)

Trad. Simp.Pinyin English
中國中国Zhōng guóChina; Chinese
guó country; state; nation
zhōng Chinese; within; among; in; middle; center; while (doing sth); during
German; virtue; goodness; morality; ethics; kindness; favor; character; kind
yīngEnglish; brave; (surname)
měiAmerican; beautiful
tàiThai; safe; peaceful; most; grand
éRussian; suddenly; very soon


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