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Places in their Native Language #1

Below, you will see some place names in their native languages. Try to guess their English names.
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Last updated: September 20, 2018
First submittedJanuary 20, 2012
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Native
English
Italia
Italy
Kyїv
Kiev
La Habana
Havana
Lisboa
Lisbon
Москва
Moscow
München
Munich
Al-Qāhira
Cairo
Native
English
Österreich
Austria
Bretagne
Brittany
Bucureşti
Bucharest
Ciudad de México
Mexico City
Venezia
Venice
Corse
Corsica
Den Haag
The Hague
Native
English
Schweiz
Switzerland
Deutschland
Germany
Torino
Turin
Toscana
Tuscany
Lefkoşa
Nicosia
Warszawa
Warsaw
Krung Thep
Bangkok
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level 71
Jan 20, 2012
Love these kinds of quizzes. 100 with 2:11 left
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level 72
Jul 2, 2014
OK, then try the second and more difficult third of these!
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level 54
Apr 30, 2019
haha! 2:35
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level 44
Jan 20, 2012
100/100. Nicosia was tricky but I got it after saying Lefkoşa over and over
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level 33
Jan 6, 2018
That's the one I didn't get - the only one.... Since Moscow was in Cyrillic script, I'd expect anything in the Greek speaking world to be in the Greek alphabet
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level 67
Dec 31, 2018
I think it was the Turkish name for Nicosia.
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level 42
Mar 25, 2019
I was like Lefkoşa hmm I heard that befor- aha Nicosia.
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level 83
Jan 20, 2012
I couldn't get Nicosia. I figured it was somewhere in Europe, but I was trying to figure out something that started with an L.
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level 58
Jan 20, 2012
More quizzes like this. This was fun.
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level 33
Jan 22, 2012
100% with 1:37 remaining
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level 29
Jan 23, 2012
@kittyloverxox It's the capital of Cyprus, you should visit it! Got all but Nicosia and Cairo.
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level 50
Jan 26, 2012
100 with 2:13 left
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level 16
Apr 1, 2012
I spelled kiev kEIv. Can this be an exceptable answer? I mean... only the e and the i are mixed up
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level 49
Aug 24, 2019
On I mean no. Oh look the order of letters in words is important.
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level 30
Jun 8, 2012
Where's Brittany? I've never heard of it.
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level 16
Jun 27, 2012
Brittany is a region in France.
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level 56
Nov 16, 2017
Really...?
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level 67
Aug 21, 2018
Yes.
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level 42
Mar 25, 2019
Brittany is a region in North Western France, which is the peninsula.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2013
says 2.46 - is that how much time I had left???? Nicosia was a fluke, I think. Don't know where I remembered it from. Now I'm going to look for part 2. thanks for a fun quiz.
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level 66
May 24, 2013
Why isn't Cairo in the Arabic script when Moscow is in cyrillic? :3
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level 65
Nov 4, 2014
cos russia has a similar dialect to english rather than arabic, which has no similar letters to the english language.
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level 66
Oct 11, 2015
Dialect? Really?!
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level 50
Sep 28, 2013
How I got some of these i'm not sure :D
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level 52
Feb 23, 2014
Could you maybe accept a poor spelling for Brittany? I spelled it with an "O." Got confused with a Briton.
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level 56
Jan 2, 2019
How can Brittany begin with 'O'...?
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level 77
Jun 25, 2014
Nicosia was the only difficult one for me. Though I wouldn't have been able to get Cairo if it was written in Arabic.
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level 77
Oct 2, 2016
Later that year (2014) I would be in Lefkosa. The entire quiz is quite easy for me now. But it still seems odd that in some cases (well, one case, Moscow) they use the local way of writing, in this case Cyrillic, but in all other cases they use English transliterations written in Roman letters (when they could have used Greek, Arabic, or Thai letters, for example). I personally think the transliterations using Roman letters is preferable but it should be all one or all the other. So... Mockba = Moskva
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level 76
Oct 7, 2016
Just curious, how many countries have you visited? I wonder if anyone has ever visited all the countries.
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level 77
Oct 7, 2016
There are people who have visited every country on Earth. I've read about them. My recent trip through Austria marked my 49th country. When I go to Serbia in a few weeks that will be #50.
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level 80
Dec 31, 2018
ander217, look up Chris Guillebeau. He did exactly that about 10 years ago I think? Really interesting stuff and great stories about how he visited every country.
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level 59
Jun 25, 2014
The only one I missed was Bangkok. Had no idea.
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level 60
Jun 25, 2014
Kyiv/Kiev in Ukrainian is written Київ, not Kyiv. If you have the Cyrillic script for Moscow, you should do the same for Kyiv
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level 77
Nov 16, 2017
Agreed. Or, preferably, since it's unrealistic to expect us to be able to read every alphabet on Earth, just use transliteration for Moscow, too. The English transliteration of Moscow would be Moskva or Muskva. Not Mockba.
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level 31
Jun 25, 2014
For Switzerland, it should be Die Schweiz. Some countries in German have 'the' before the name, like Die Turkei (Turkey).
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level 61
Jan 3, 2019
it could also be Suisse, Svizzera ou Svizra as there are 4 national languages
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level 65
Jun 25, 2014
I thought the native name for Switzerland was Helvetia
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level 19
Jun 25, 2014
you should probably specify that the place names can be countries OR cities other sorts of regions.
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level 56
Nov 16, 2017
Why? We can work it out for ourselves.
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level 26
Mar 21, 2015
I SAID THE HAGUE
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level 60
Aug 8, 2015
This is Nicosia in Turkish. Perhaps it would be fair to put it in greek as well (Lefkosia - Λευκωσία) since the city belongs to both Cyprus and Turkey.
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level 32
Mar 2, 2019
it doesn't *belong* to turkey, they're just... stubborn
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level 52
Oct 22, 2015
Den Haag is an abbreviation for 's Gravenhage.
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level 66
Dec 31, 2018
True, and it's the official name, but even the city government uses Den Haag (except on identity papers etc.).
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level 54
Jan 30, 2016
Noo! Corsican, you must not perish! Hold onto your Italic roots!
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level 59
May 1, 2016
Missed Switzerland, Austria, Corsica and Brittany.
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level 69
Sep 15, 2016
Pretty sure in Corsica's *native* language it is called Corsica. In French it is called Corse. And yes, I am aware that these days most Corsicans speak French, not Corsican. Just quibbling on a technicality - this is JetPunk after all, and what would the site be coming to if we didn't nitpick.
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level 71
Oct 7, 2016
A riddle i learned 55 years ago: "Can you tell me what was Napoleon's nationality?" "Of course I can."
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level 59
Oct 7, 2016
Italian?
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level 58
Oct 7, 2016
Corsican
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level 56
Nov 16, 2017
St Helenan...? ;-)
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level 48
Oct 7, 2016
Very easy
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level 68
Oct 7, 2016
breezed through it with 3.11 left.
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level 35
Oct 7, 2016
Wouldn't it be more fair to put the Greek name of Nicosia (Lefkosia) in since it's in the Greek side of Cyprus?
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level 77
Oct 7, 2016
I think Cyprus tourism only ramps up in the summer. I stayed with a Russian girl in a town by the sea in January and it was unbelievably dead. Only one restaurant open in the entire town.

The demarkation between Nicosia/Lefkosa is incredibly stark. I imagine similar to West and East Germany. The Greek side of the city is vibrant, crowded, lively, with great food. The Turkish side... dark, with empty streets, casinos everywhere and brothels full of girls trafficked in from central Asia and Moldova.
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level 45
Oct 7, 2016
Nice to see Den Haag with a mention :)
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level 51
Oct 8, 2016
Is that where Häagen-Dazs is made?
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level 47
Oct 8, 2016
The story behind Haagen Dazs is much cooler: Some American kid who wanted his ice cream sound Scandinavian made it up; something down that line. You should look it up! It makes a good story.
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level 43
Oct 7, 2016
WOW!! Got them all with 1 second left
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level 51
Oct 7, 2016
really everyone should call it krung thep...bangkok is just wrong, and morbidly outdated
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level 67
May 11, 2018
You are right, of course. In fact doing this quiz makes me wonder why we ever bother to create an English name for a non-English place. I found it slightly embarrassing to turn up in what I though was called Nicosia one day, only to find that everyone there called it something else. What is the point of inventing our own names for other peoples' towns and countries?
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level 40
Oct 7, 2016
I have a similar one: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/205131/country-names-in-their-own-language
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level 37
Oct 11, 2016
Couldn't work out Bangkok, and then somebody said Krung Thep on a documentary about Bangkok on the tv and I was done!
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level 73
Oct 11, 2016
Love the quiz, would be more sadistic if you did 's-Gravenhage instead of Den Haag. Incredibly, both are acceptable. Gotta love those archaic yet actual place names in Dutch... 's-Hertogenbosh, 's-Gravenzande... Lovely.
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level 28
Feb 19, 2017
Didn't know how to spell Den Haag in English. I thougt it is the Hauge.
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level 48
Jun 2, 2017
Shouldn't Brittany be in Breton rather than French?
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level 69
Jul 5, 2018
Yeah, it should be Breizh.
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level 38
Jul 17, 2017
Can't we have even one quiz w/o the terminal braggart's two cents' worth?
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level 77
Mar 14, 2018
Can't we have even one comment from you that isn't part of your creepy obsession with me? Or better yet, no comments from you. Do you honestly believe that what you've said here adds more to the discussion or is more interesting for people to read than what I posted?
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level 58
Jan 7, 2019
I don't know what your problem is, but I like kal's commentary. Even if I don't agree with it, it's always an entertaining read.
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level 26
Feb 4, 2018
There’s a place called “Ostrich?” Hahahahahahaha 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 PMPL
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level 38
May 13, 2018
Oh.......Now I know why Lefkosa sounded familiar.......
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level 61
Dec 16, 2018
cairo was a lucky guess, didnt get bangkok or niciosa. Doesnt even ring a bell now ( and nicosia is entrely new for me)
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level 19
Dec 28, 2018
where's turin?
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level 65
Dec 31, 2018
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level 57
Dec 31, 2018
21/21 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎊!!!!
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level 39
Dec 31, 2018
If you've got Moscow in Cyrillic letters, shouldn't Kiev be as well (Київ)?
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level 56
Jan 2, 2019
Good point
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level 58
Jan 7, 2019
I got Nicosia on such a dumb lucky guess. I thought, hmm, the "kosa" part sounds like "cosia", let's try that.
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level 32
Mar 2, 2019
surely you meant to say Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit
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level 51
Mar 7, 2019
2:39 remaining ♥♥♥♠♣♦○☻♥☺•◘`
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level 55
May 2, 2019
Nicosia stumped me :(
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level 41
Jun 6, 2019
It's really frustrating when you know the place but keep misspelling it because English isn't your first language. Kept spelling Tuscany with an o and bucharest without the h. Got it before the time ran out though.
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level 45
Aug 19, 2019
Nice quiz! But I would write "one of the native languages", as "Switzerland" has 4 different ones, "Corsica" has 2, etc.