So this is, as the title said, this post is about the places of the world in foreign languages.
I always love playing with language. Language is man-made, but is not as complicated and as cursed as another man-made such as financial system (yes really, I hate that). After I moved to the Netherlands, I am exposed to foreign language. Yes, of course. One of the examples is when I bought a Europe map, with the intention of marking all the cities I’ve visited 😛 here’s the map btw. It turns out that the map provides the name of the places in their own languages.
As you can see, the left side provides the word “Europe” in different languages, ranging from the usual Europe, Evropa, Eurooppa (Finnish, I think), until Европа. I also learned that beside local name, a place can have the international name. It’s where I find out that Albania is called Shqipëria in its own language (really? I never heard of Shqipëria before. I was confused looking at the map until I realized that its capital city is Tirana, so it must be Albania. I’m not really familiar with where countries are located in eastern Europe) and that Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath in Irish. On introduction week of my faculty, my friend Phillip from Germany mentioned that his hometown is Cologne – i didn’t know where it is until I realized that he was referring to Köln. Well, Cologne sounds French. Haha.
Moving to another story, I also curious why Indonesians call NL “Belanda” and UK “Inggris”. So after googling and asking to my friends, both of the words come from Portuguese “Holanda” and “Ingrês”. Haha so it makes sense now why we call them Belanda or Inggris, My friend Indradarma introduced me to this site, asalkata.com, which tells us where do Indonesian words come from.
Those facts made me think of something: how does my country, Indonesia, is called in foreign languages? Here I made a list, and you can guess them. You may recognize the alphabet though. Trust me, it is very interesting to know how this sounds in those other alphabet, such as “Xindonīseīy”. Lol
Note: I made this list based on Google Translate 😛