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Dutch Angua
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Originally posted by Brrrtje:
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I'm with you, not just on countries but on cities as well. I think we should refer to the capitals of France, Italy, Russia and Massachusetts as Pa-REE, Roma, Moskva and Bawston. (Give me those and I'll go along with Missoura.)

Eh-huh. Let's hear you pronounce 's Hertogenbosch, then. [/QB]
's Hertogenbosch? Try Scheveningen! [Big Grin]

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Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
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I was taught that Japan is the Chinese pronunciation of the kanji symbols for Nihon (Nippon is what I learned as the local name of the country).

Nippon or Nihon. Either one is okay. "Japan" sort of resembles the Chinese pronunciation of the characters but came to English after having passed through several other languages, including Malay and Portuguese. [/QB]
It may be interesting to note that Japan was first refered to as "Cipango" by Marco Polo - a phonetic transcription of the Chinese spelling.

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Eh-huh. Let's hear you pronounce 's Hertogenbosch, then.
Hertogenbosch ? Oh yes ! That's "Bois-le-duc" in French ! (a litteral translation, I suppose)
I visited this city when I was on an industrial placement in the Netherlands (de Nederland ? les Pays-Bas ?)

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de Nederland ?
No, just 'Nederland', no 'de'.

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