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Capitals in their Native Languages

Identify the English name of the following capital cities.
Using an official languages of that country, not necessarily the most-spoken one
Quiz by thalassemia
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Last updated: October 30, 2014
First submittedSeptember 6, 2012
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Native
English
Roma
Rome
Beograd
Belgrade
Pot Mosbi
Port Moresby
București
Bucharest
Pòtoprens
Port au Prince
Athinai
Athens
Praha
Prague
Native
English
Baile Átha Cliath
Dublin
Nava Dehalī
New Delhi
Prishtinë
Pristina
Dimashq / Ash-Sham
Damascus
Krung Thep
Bangkok
Kaapstad
Capetown
Ar-Riyāḍ
Riyadh
Native
English
Errbaṭ
Rabat
Lefkosia
Nicosia
Bayrūt
Beirut
Moskva
Moscow
Hà Nội
Hanoi
Wien
Vienna
København
Copenhagen
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level 32
Aug 6, 2012
great quiz!
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level 34
Oct 5, 2012
I believe Pretoria is the capital of RSA...
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level ∞
Oct 5, 2012
South Africa has three capitals. And to think, the United States only has one. Get with the program, US!
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level 71
Jan 6, 2013
We have many more: Castroville [CA], the Artichoke Capital of the World; Gilroy [CA], the Garlic Capital of the World; Rayne [LA] the Frog Capital of the World; Traverse City [MI], the Cherry Capital of the World. I could go on, of course.
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level 62
Apr 5, 2015
The point of the three capitals is that there are three cities that have functions of government in them, that is to say that Cape Town is the seat of Parliament (legislature), Pretoria is the seat of the government (Executive) and Bloemfontein is the seat of the Judiciary. This goes back to the Union of South Africa, where each of the constituent countries wanted a bit of the honour. As there was no 4th function of Government, Pietermaritzberg got extra money. Thus the USA only has one as the Congress, White House and Supreme Court are all located in Washington DC
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level 77
Apr 16, 2018
Thanks for clearing that up, skies. I'm sure that Quizmaster and Baltimorean learned a lot and weren't trying to be funny.
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level 76
Jul 28, 2018
Actually, the US has had three capitals, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, but I'm guessing since we don't have an official language, none of those qualify for this quiz :)
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level 71
Dec 6, 2018
Kal, I'm guessing skies was answering for zwizdan007.
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level 77
May 8, 2019
his comment makes less sense, in that case.
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level 53
Oct 5, 2012
Did ok, but missed some because I didn't know the English spelling!
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level 55
Oct 5, 2012
Please can you accept Porte au Prince for Port au Prince?
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level 56
Jul 31, 2018
The quiz asks for the name in English, not for any variant under the sun.
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level 32
Oct 5, 2012
Good quiz. Dublin has a funny answer ;)
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level 61
Oct 16, 2012
Surprised so few got Cape Town. Okay in German it's Kapstadt, that's pretty close to it.
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level 45
Apr 22, 2014
It's in Afrikaans
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level 27
May 12, 2013
Probably wouldnt have got dublin if I hadn't had been there before. Only one that slowed me up was cape town. By the way it was spelled i was thinking netherlands but couldnt come up with anything that worked. Then realized oh yeah, duh. afrikaans.
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level 59
Dec 22, 2013
New Delhi's name shouldn't be in a random Indian language, but instead Hindi. Hindi is an official language of India, the most common after English and the most (natively) spoken in New Delhi and India. The Hindi name for it is "Na'ī dillī" (romanized of course).
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level 37
Apr 16, 2015
Correct... no one speaks the way it is mentioned...maybe they just picked one language from country...but it should be in Hindi not only considered because official language of India but the regional language also says it Nayi Dilli
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level 32
Jan 3, 2014
Got 100% but cheated for 5 answers
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level 73
Dec 19, 2014
wtf is the point in cheating?
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level 31
Dec 19, 2014
er... so you didn't get 100%
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level 76
Dec 19, 2014
And skewed the stats for those who accept their imperfections.
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level 32
Sep 22, 2014
Great quiz 16/21 . By the way Cape Town is not a capital.
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level 39
Dec 16, 2014
Yes it is. See above.
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level 77
Dec 19, 2014
Pretty easy. Only missed Baile..
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level 43
Dec 20, 2014
The Baile in Baile Átha Cliath just means Town; Town of the Hurdled Ford to be exact. It refers to an old crossing in the city.
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level 77
Dec 19, 2014
And the "Ar" before Riyadh just means "the"...
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level 59
Dec 19, 2014
21/21 - good thing I visited Dublin a couple of weeks ago because otherwise I would never have guessed it. New Delhi was a bit tricky but saying the clue out loud helped.
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level 44
Dec 19, 2014
I believe Moscow should be in Cyrillic, Belgrade too.
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level 77
May 8, 2019
No they shouldn't. I was just going to comment praising the quiz author for NOT doing that. This is capitals in their native languages not capitals in the native alphabets. Thus, Krung Thep, not กรุงเทพมหานคร. Cyrillic doesn't deserve a special exception, if it did the quiz would be inconsistent.
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level 73
Dec 19, 2014
Knowing somebody who lives in Pristina, it is alternatively spelled Prishtina in English - it's minor, but to be accurate you should accept either. Tripped me up at first.
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level 43
Dec 20, 2014
I'm just happy that 40% knew that Baile Átha Cliath was Dublin. Did not expect it to be that high.
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level 61
Jan 13, 2019
If it was amongst others terms written in irish/gaeilge I would never had gotten what it meant. But it seemed irish to me and since this quiz was about capitals..
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level 61
Dec 23, 2014
I thought about Pòtoprens as Port au Prince, but I also thought that Port au Prince was written in French, so I discarded.
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level 47
Nov 16, 2016
I first tried Port au Prince as the lengthy Dublin answer and was pleasantly surprised when it showed up for something I assumed to be somewhere in the Balkans. Never did get Dublin (or Cape Town either).
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level 37
Apr 16, 2015
Well I'm from India and more specifically from Delhi NCR...and no one ever speaks Nava Delhi...it should be Nayi Dilli or simply Dilli
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level 49
Jun 5, 2019
I feel the same! Even if people use “Nava” (just in case), I doubt if anyone uses “Dehali”.
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level 48
Oct 20, 2016
Fun quiz. Can you make any more?
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level 54
Nov 21, 2016
Nice quiz
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level 67
Dec 16, 2016
Good quiz, but surely you could accept Delhi for New Delhi. Yes, i know its proper name is the longer version, but the shorter version is used almost as much, if not more, frequently.
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level 41
Jul 29, 2017
Got Rabat
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level 51
Sep 22, 2017
There ought to be a U.S. city on here in Navajo.
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level 52
Jul 28, 2018
Well that would only be slightly less accurate than using Kannada for New Delhi so why not
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level 55
Oct 3, 2017
I'm also upset about New Delhi not being in HIndi. I could still figure it out but it's 100% incorrect. It should say Naya Dili
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level 79
Apr 9, 2018
Finally, a quiz that DOESN'T accept "Riyad" as an answer! No more lonely h clogging up my entry bar and screwing up my next answer!
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level 71
Dec 6, 2018
I was going to bring that to the attention of Quizmaster. While I agree that the trailing h *should* be required (just because I'm a hard-assed stickler), there is definitely something to be said for consistency across all of JetPunk. (And while I'm being a stickler, there is a typo in the description: "Using an official languageS […]".) I too really liked this quiz and would definitely enjoy more of them!
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level 59
Jul 28, 2018
Port au prince is English?
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level 75
Jul 28, 2018
Nope, it's French but they speak Haitian Creole in haiti
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level 56
Jul 31, 2018
It's the name used in English, so in that sense, yes, it's English. C'est la vie...
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level 55
Jul 28, 2018
It's "Deheli", not "Dehali", and Damascus is "Damishq", not " Dimashq".
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level 70
Jul 28, 2018
Hi from White City (Beograd) :)
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level 40
Aug 6, 2018
I thought praha was praia ( cape verde )
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level 42
May 8, 2019
native language of delhi is Hindi........and what sort of Hindi speaker I am if I don't understand "Nava Dehali"(definitely from some other Hindustani dialect which I don't know). So it should be changed to "Nayi Dilli".That's what we call it