224. Why do Countries Have Different Names in Different Languages? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

Apr 12 2023 • 20 mins

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In English, we call Germany “Germany”; in German, it is “Deutschland”; in Japanese it is “Doitsu”; in French it is “Allemagne.” Today I want to look at why countries have different names in different languages!

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  • To name (v) - to give someone or something a name.
  • Endonym (n) - the name used to refer to a place by its inhabitants, as opposed to a name used by foreigners.
  • Exonym (n) - a name used by outsiders for a place.
  • Linguistic (adj) - connected with language or the study of language.
  • Variation (n) – something that is slightly different from the usual form or arrangement.
  • To derive (v) - to get something from something else.
  • To entrench (v) - to firmly establish something, especially an idea or a problem, so that it cannot be changed.
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