vickybiccy
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What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:31 am

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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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:32 am

Japanese call Japan Nippon.

Chinese call themselves Han, from the Han Dynasty. We get Chinese from the Qin Dynasty (pronounced Chin).
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:40 am

So All Nippon airways = All Japan airways

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:48 am

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.

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 2:17 am

Also they call Japan "Nihon" as well as "Nippon"
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 3:56 am

The Chinese call China ZhongGuo, which means middle country.
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:02 am

Somewhat related to this topic, Koreans call themselves "Hanguk". Their language is called "Hangul".
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:05 am

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

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:13 am

Sumimasen, Nihongo-ga hanase-masen...

 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 6:56 am

Ganbare N i h o n !

BTW, nice match against Russia  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 7:15 am

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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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 8:04 am

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).
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:03 pm

I would assume they would call it "home".  Smile
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 3:47 pm

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

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Spain - España

and I'm sure there's quite a few others worldwide.
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:16 pm

Spaceman, wrong, zhong guo means middle kingdom.

in Chinese:-

China:zhongguo
Chinese: han ren

in Japanese:-

Japan: nippon
Japanese: Nihongo

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:23 pm

SWITZERLAND:
Helvetia
Suisse
Schweiz
Svizzera
Svizra
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:35 am

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!!!!
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:24 am

You are right, Spaceman!!! I can read write the Chinese perfectly either!
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Wed Jun 12, 2002 7:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Wed Jun 12, 2002 7:10 pm

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

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Wed Jun 12, 2002 7:27 pm

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.

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Wed Jun 12, 2002 8:21 pm



Nippon - hence All Nippon Airways - A Member Of Star Alliance - The Airline Network For Earth
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Thu Jun 13, 2002 4:38 am

Nihon -or- the traditional Nippon
 
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Thu Jun 13, 2002 4:42 am

In French Ecuador is said "Equateur" which is Equator in English..weird.
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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Thu Jun 13, 2002 9:25 am

what does Nikon mean?

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Fri Jun 14, 2002 4:07 am

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:

India-Bharat
Italy-Italia
Ireland-Eire
Belgium-Belgique/Belgie
Sweden-Sverige
Hong Kong-Xianggang (sp?)

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RE: What Do The Japanese Call Japan...

Fri Jun 14, 2002 4:20 am

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 "Beekoku" which means "Land of Rice." (Think amber waves of grain.)

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