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Right, I've been thinking about this.

Why do we when speaking English, call Germany Deutschland for example? Most technical jargon is universally named so why do we have translations for countries? Why don't we just call them what the natives call them in their own language?

If it's the flipside, why change it to suit yourself? Why the need for 3837239234 different names for a single country?
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Right, I've been thinking about this.

Why do we when speaking English, call Germany, Deutschland, for example? Most technical jargon is universally named so why do we have translations for countries? Why don't we just call them what the natives call them in their own language?

If it's the flipside, why change it to suit yourself? Why the need for 3837239234 different names for a single country?


People do that? I call Germany, Germany.
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Pronunciation issues.
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speak this one in native "جمهوری اسلامی ايران"

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speak this one in native "جمهوری اسلامی ايران"

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"Iran"

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Why would you call Germany, Deutschland, if you're english?
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Why don't we have universal words for a lot of concepts? It's just the way it is.
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If we were taught the pronunciations from a young age, we wouldn't have the issues.


Learning a click-based language's pronunciation in an Anglo country would be silly.
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"Iran"

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thats not the name in native, it's in english
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That's something I don't get. English and German come from (basically) the same language roots. The Romance word for the Germans is roughly Allemagne (French). Germany is Roman-based...

I don't get the English Language.
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I know I messed the commas up, I got excited

Also, how the hell do you type Mandarin!? Or any Chinese dialect? They have characters for every word.



It's called "pinyin"
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That's something I don't get. English and German come from (basically) the same language roots. The Romance word for the Germans is roughly Allemagne (French). Germany is Roman-based...

I don't get the English Language.


If I remember correctly, Germany has its roots in some name of a tribe referred to by a Caesar.
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thats not the name in native, it's in english
so missed the point. sit back down.


Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān

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^Why is it called that. Were the French big in Africa at one point or something?

Yes.
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If I remember correctly, Germany has its roots in some name of a tribe referred to by a Caesar.


Germanicus, yes. Same with Britain, being named for a Roman phrase describing the isles. It's just weird how the Romans have had lasting effects on our language, even though the Anglo-Saxon and Norman languages were prevalent when the English language was first being developed.

I think. I'm still getting into history slowly.
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Germanicus, yes. Same with Britain, being named for a Roman phrase describing the isles. It's just weird how the Romans have had lasting effects on our language, even though the Anglo-Saxon and Norman languages were prevalent when the English language was first being developed.

I think. I'm still getting into history slowly.


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Pronounciation. There's a reason the Japanese call England "Ing'rando" :p

And in Norwegian, the United States of America is called "Amerikas forente stater" or "USA" (ou - ess - ah).
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Cause then all countries would change the United States name to Arrogant
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