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Use countries' real names

 
 
drom et reve
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2004 08:44 am
I think that 'Black Russia' was a part of the USSR; which part, I'm not sure, but I'll check.

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2004 09:02 am
Seems that the southern part of Belarus was called (in Polish history) Black Ruthenia or Black Rus.
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Thok
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2004 09:36 am
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Seems that the southern part of Belarus was called (in Polish history) Black Ruthenia or Black Rus.


yep, black ruthia is the name used in the history of poland to denote the southwestern part of the contemporary Belarus.
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Rick d Israeli
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2004 12:56 pm
See. I'm not - totally - crazy :wink:
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drom et reve
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2004 01:10 pm
Would you have people use local place-adjectives, too, Equus? 'J'ai visité England' would be inconsistent with 'vous etes anglais.' Would Madrid people be 'madrileños?' Would you have languages like Lithuanian, which changes George Bush to 'Georgas Bushas,' continue to change 'Deutschland' to 'Deutschlandas' according to the rules?




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Equus
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2004 05:37 pm
Not necessarily. I just think we can do a better job of APPROXIMATING other countries' actual names. Deutschlandas is pretty close. "Germany" isn't. I just think it shows more respect for the other country to call it by a name as close as reasonably pronounceable to its real name.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2004 08:28 pm
Un huh. The US if full of Native American place names we don't seem to have much trouble with, once we get used to them.
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pueo
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2004 09:25 pm
just wanted to throw a brain teaser in here. what are these two places now known as?

1. aotearoa

2. hiva
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Dissent Palestinian
 
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Reply Sun 25 Jul, 2004 05:29 pm
How should we call Balestine?
Palestine or falsetine?

Any one have some idea?
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Equus
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2004 10:14 am
They sounded like Pacific islands to me, even before I noticed your Guam address. Are they Pacific Islands better known by something else? Fiji or Tonga maybe? Don't tell me Hawaii.
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pueo
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2004 02:20 pm
1. new zealand

2. the marquesas
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Alfredo
 
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Reply Sun 24 May, 2009 01:22 am
@Equus,
Imperialism. To show the country has been conquered and the people's vanquished.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 24 May, 2009 02:43 am
I'd still be interested in using countries' and cities' real names, given I had some kind of helper list with spelling/characters and pronunciation clues. Maybe this already exists and I just don't know about it.
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DaleSprague
 
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Reply Mon 24 Oct, 2011 04:38 am
@Equus,
To demonstrate repect for another country...a good start is to use the names they use for themselves. In the course of learning about the world, and demonstrating respect for other countries, a student will get a sense of the diversity of languages. Even languages that use pictograms. The pronunciation along side. Taught from an early age in school, students will be as ease with it. All countries of the world should teach their students to at least learn the real names of countries and cities. This is all common sense. So, why is it not done; not even at Harvard?
D.Sprague
Seattle
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