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What Do The Japanese Call Japan...  
User currently offlineVickybiccy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 212 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

We call Japan, Japan, the french call it Japon, so what do the Japanese call it?

I can't read Japanese so how do they pronounce it? I was watching their footie game today and it sounded like Nippon (which kind of makes sense) Am I right?

Also, what do the Chinese call China?

Any other countries that have completely different names to the ones we use in english?



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User currently offlineFlight Level From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

Japanese call Japan Nippon.

Chinese call themselves Han, from the Han Dynasty. We get Chinese from the Qin Dynasty (pronounced Chin).


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8289 times:
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So All Nippon airways = All Japan airways

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User currently offlineFlight Level From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8279 times:

Correct Arsenal.

I majored in Political Science in college. On an exam, supposed to be over the economic state of Japan, the exam had only one question. "What do the Japanese call themselves?" We had not covered this, but I knew the answer. We had not covered it. Only 3 people got it right. Luckily, the professor gave the unfortunate students re-tests, but we were allowed to kepp our 100s.

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8267 times:

Also they call Japan "Nihon" as well as "Nippon"


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User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8236 times:

The Chinese call China ZhongGuo, which means middle country.

User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8228 times:

Somewhat related to this topic, Koreans call themselves "Hanguk". Their language is called "Hangul".

User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8228 times:

Japan in Japanese is Ni-Hon, Ni=root, Hon=Sun,
Japanese=Ni-hon-go,
and a Japanese person is a Ni-Hon-Jin.

Sayóonara

Martijn


User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8219 times:

Sumimasen, Nihongo-ga hanase-masen...



User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8187 times:

Ganbare N i h o n !

BTW, nice match against Russia  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8177 times:

I was required to take Japanese for four years. Now that I take German, I don't remember much of Japanese(never learned much anyway. I learned more in 1 year of German than I did in 4 years of Japanese) but the two main ways are:
Nippon(NEE-Pon) put a hard accent on the "nee" and the "p"
and Nihongo

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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8166 times:

Vickybiccy wrote:

>>Any other countries that have completely different names to the ones we use in english?

There are a few such cases in Europe:


AUSTRIA: Oesterreich
GERMANY: Deutschland
FINLAND: Suomi
CROATIA: Hrvatska
ALBANIA: Shqiperia
GREECE: Ellas
HUNGARY: Magyarorszag


There may be others, but these are the ones I can think of right now. Of course, I've listed just those countries whose local and English names are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (therefore, I've omitted cases such as Sweden-Sverige).


User currently offlineFordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8127 times:

I would assume they would call it "home".  Smile

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8109 times:

I've always wondered why proper names differ language to language.

PHX-LJU- Don't forget:

Spain - España

and I'm sure there's quite a few others worldwide.


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8104 times:

Spaceman, wrong, zhong guo means middle kingdom.

in Chinese:-

China:zhongguo
Chinese: han ren

in Japanese:-

Japan: nippon
Japanese: Nihongo

9V-SVA



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8098 times:

SWITZERLAND:
Helvetia
Suisse
Schweiz
Svizzera
Svizra



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User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8073 times:

You are telling me that I'm wrong? I can read and write Chinese fluently. You can translate ZhongGuo either way, Zhong means middle and Guo means country not kingdom!!!!

User currently offlineOZ222 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

You are right, Spaceman!!! I can read write the Chinese perfectly either!

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

That´s right, guo is country.
De Guo = Germany
Fa Guo = France
Ying Guo = England
Mei Guo = America

You see the pattern of imitating the country´s pronunciation in a single syllable and putting a guo behind it.

Daniel Smile

P.S.: España and Spain are in fact very similar: bear in mind Spaniards cannot start words with sp or st, they add an e in front of that.

Another P.S.: Ni Hon means literally "Sun, rising behind a tree" or "tree behind which the sun is rising" - hence the Land of the Rising Sun and the flag.


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8008 times:

So the people that lice in Japan/Nppon are all Nipples?  Confused

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*Hope nobody takes offence



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User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8005 times:

Ni Hon means literally "Sun, rising behind a tree" or "tree behind which the sun is rising"

Actually my Japanes teacher had another explanation :
Ni means Sun, Hon means root.

The root of the sun is the moment when it appears, i.e. when it rises so Ni-Honjust mean Rising Sun.

As for the tree, the kanji (ideogram) meaning 'root' is the same as the one meaning 'tree' with an additionnal stroke on the bottom, to indicate the 'root' part.

sayonara


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7999 times:



Nippon - hence All Nippon Airways - A Member Of Star Alliance - The Airline Network For Earth



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User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7962 times:

Nihon -or- the traditional Nippon

User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7961 times:

In French Ecuador is said "Equateur" which is Equator in English..weird.
-Clovis


User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2770 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7940 times:

what does Nikon mean?

Japanese.....-

Gong Sang GuK ka.. North Korea



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25 Triplebird : Nikon is an acronym: Nippon Kogaku is/was the company's name before it was shortened. Other countries whose names are different in the native language
26 D L X : I thought what would be more interesting is what other countries' native tongues call your country. For instance, one word for America and Japanese is
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