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One-Syllable Countries Quiz

Name the five countries that have a one-syllable name.
Last updated: May 31, 2014
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Chad
France
Greece
Laos
Spain
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level 71
May 30, 2014
Needs a LOT more time. Also, I know this particular can of fish gets opened up a lot on Jetpunk, but Wales is a country. Might want to clarify with a note that you are looking for sovereign states.
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level 48
Jul 29, 2014
Typically the rule of thumb with Jetpunk country quizzes is that 'countries' refers to those on the Countries of the World quiz. If it is not in that quiz it wont be considered a country in many others, if any.
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level 59
Jul 29, 2014
Also Wales is 2 syllables isnt it? It is to me, (and it is when spoken in a welsh accent). 'Way-uls'. I also used to pronounce Laos as 'Lay-oss', but that was wrong I guess
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level 27
Oct 13, 2015
Dax, Laos is pronounced 'Louws' :)
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Technically Wales is a country, just not a Sovereign country. Regardless it is two syllables.
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level 47
Nov 23, 2016
Wales is a country, yes. However, since Jetpunk is an American website and Wales is not a sovereign state, all featured quizzes use sovereign states interchangebly with countries.
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level 57
Nov 24, 2016
In French, there are two syllabs. The "a" of Laos is not prononced "aw"but "a", like in "cat"
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level 34
Feb 5, 2018
Taiwan is definitely a sovereign state, albeit with limited recognition
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level 41
May 17, 2018
i thought it was lah-os
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level 55
May 16, 2019
"Wales" is one syllable where I'm from in England (like "tales").
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level 11
Jul 29, 2014
Wales is not a country, the United Kingdom is the name of the country.
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level 27
Jan 14, 2015
Wales isn't an independent country like Scotland. Scotland was fighting for independence form the UK. If it was a country then they wouldn't want to be independent because they would be already. Wales is just like Scotland
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
The "States" of the UK are called countries. Well England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland isn't really a country yet, its just a... thing
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level 52
Oct 13, 2016
The United Kingdom is a country. It is composed of four constituent countries - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. All four of them are countries, but you can have countries that are parts of other countries.
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level 68
Aug 31, 2017
Not sure that Scotland was 'fighting for independence'. So far is Scotland has a collective consciousness, 'Scotland' had a vote and decided that it didn't want independence. Support for independence in Wales is even lower.
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level 41
Nov 19, 2018
actually kinda similar to how we have 50 states in the US...They are (technically speaking) 50 independent countries in an alliance. OF course, nobody really thinks of it this way, but legally, the states have more rights than the federal government does.
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level 36
Apr 8, 2019
@MyMindWentBlank actually Northern Ireland is a province and Wales was made a constituent country only (relative to the age of the UK) recently
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level 32
Jul 29, 2014
Two syllables
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level 50
Jul 29, 2014
Are you saying that Wales had two syllables?
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Way-als. Definitely two
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Especially in a Welsh accent
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level 43
Aug 3, 2014
Wales is not a country. It is part of the U.K.
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level 54
Aug 8, 2014
A whale is a fish and it has an h, stupid. Just kidding. Also, Laos is pronounced "louse."
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level 59
Aug 15, 2014
A whale isn't even a fish.
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level 60
Jun 18, 2016
In English, it's pronounced with an S.
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level 69
Aug 31, 2016
Having been to Laos multiple times I can assure you that if you are pronouncing the 's' you are doing it wrong. The 's' is only there because the French put it there when they colonised it and they have a bizarre tendency to add unnecessary, silent consonants to words.
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level 77
Nov 23, 2016
The plural "s" is usually silent but not "unnecessary". On the other end, in French, we pronounce all four letters of Laos...
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level 52
Feb 14, 2017
Huh... normally in French they don't pronounce the S at the end of words :D
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level 34
Dec 28, 2014
Wales is not a country, it is a county which is part of the United Kingdom.
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Just stop please. Wales is a country. Wales is not a sovereign country. It is not that hard. "The governments of the United Kingdom and of Wales almost invariably define Wales as a country. The Welsh Government says: "Wales is not a Principality. Although we are joined with England by land, and we are part of Great Britain, Wales is a country in its own right.""
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
It is also definitely not a county. Wales itself contains 8 counties: Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Powys and West/South/Mid Glamorgan.
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level 52
Oct 13, 2016
They really like the letter 'W'.
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level 35
Nov 23, 2016
Possums you are very wrong that it's "that simple" because I assure you A Pennsylvania native would say "A country is a sovereign state" so, no it isn't simple. It depends on where a person comes from
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level 39
Oct 19, 2015
Wales is an autonomous region of the United Kingdom. Saying Wales is a country is like saying that Porto Rico, French Guyana, Kalingrad and Hong Kong are also countries.
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level 60
Jun 18, 2016
No it isn't. Because Wales is a country. It's not a sovereign state, but it is a constituent country of the UK.
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level 52
Oct 13, 2016
Also they're spelled "Puerto Rico" and "Kaliningrad"
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level 56
Aug 26, 2017
Wales is far more akin to Oregon or Nevada than to Puerto Rico. For example, Wales has about 40 seats up for grabs in parliamentary elections to Westminister, whereas Puertro Rico does not have a single electoral vote in presidential elections. It's also very much part of the mainland of Britain rather than being miles overseas.
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level 64
Sep 20, 2017
Well.... Just to add to the discussion: It's like saying Aruba or the Faroe Islands are countries, which they are. Constituent countries. This is not the case for the others listed, which have various legal statusas in their own right, but generally don't consider themselves countries.
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level 57
Nov 23, 2016
Complaining about a country that arguably is not a sovereign nation, but even then arguably is two syllables... where again will that get you?
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level 48
Feb 5, 2018
to be honest it needs less time finished with 2:00 left
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level 68
Sep 3, 2018
Technically, Wales aren't fish.
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level 35
May 17, 2019
Neither are whales.
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level 8
Jun 1, 2014
Done in 7 seconds
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level 63
Jul 29, 2014
Second try? If so I got it in 6. Lol.
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level 20
Jan 1, 2016
8 seconds
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level 69
Jul 30, 2015
I finished before even starting, and I'm 4 years old.
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level 70
Jun 8, 2016
Just born and did it in 1 second
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level 65
Jun 1, 2014
Never would have guessed Laos. For me it's made out of 2 syllables: La-os. BUT English is not my mother tongue, and I just heard how it's pronounced in Wikipedia.
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level 70
Jun 12, 2014
I rejected Laos as a 2-syllable country, and I'm a native English speaker. Borderline, I guess.
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level 32
Aug 9, 2015
I thought two syllables too
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level 52
Feb 14, 2017
I used to pronounce it as two until taking this quiz, but I realized that if you say it quickly you can make it one syllable
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level 66
Jun 18, 2014
The way I pronounce Laos it rhymes with house, so I consider it one syllable. I think how you pronounce it is key in whether you think it's one or two syllables. I like this quiz! Harder than I thought. :D
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
I believe the -s- is silent. At least to laotians. In Lao.
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level 71
Jul 29, 2014
is the only one i got
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level 48
Jul 29, 2014
Some people pronounce the two halves separately as in 'Lay-os' but I think it is supposed to be pronounced 'louse 'like house or 'lao' cow (silent s).
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level 49
Jul 29, 2014
I think it's confusing because the country rhymes with house, but the people are "lay-oceans"
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level 66
Jul 29, 2014
in Spanish there's no debate cause the rules of syllabe dividing are really straight forward, and Laos would have 2 syllabes
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level 65
Jul 31, 2014
Same for French
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level 56
Nov 21, 2016
And Polish.
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level 47
Dec 15, 2018
And dutch lah-os (not lay-os or louse)
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level 43
Aug 3, 2014
I was thinking Laos was two syllables too, but I tried it just in case.
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level 52
Oct 13, 2016
Yeah, even as a native English speaker it's hard to tell if it's one or two syllables. But it's definitely one.
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level 58
Nov 23, 2016
It's pronounced in a way so that it rhymes with "house", (in English), but in Laos, they actually pronounce it with a silent s, so that it rhymes with "how". Either way, it has one syllable, though.
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level 75
Jul 29, 2014
This is one of those mornings when my brain just isn't working.
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
I know the feeling. Got Chad and Laos straight away but took me a minute or so to remember Greece, Spain and France.
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level 75
Nov 23, 2016
This afternoon brain is working better. 5/5 with 2:15 left.
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level 67
Jul 29, 2014
Missed Greece. This was harder than I thought it would be.
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level 70
Jul 29, 2014
Way harder than it looks! Only missed Chad but I didn't have any for the first two minutes!
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level 52
Oct 13, 2016
The picture was a dead give away for Chad
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level 52
Mar 21, 2017
If you know the flag of Chad by heart, which most people don't.
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level 9
Jul 29, 2014
Why is Guam not a correct answer?
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level 9
Jul 29, 2014
google'd it, realized its not a country, but a US territory.
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level 46
Jul 29, 2014
This is very hard fore one like me whose mother language is very different. Never would have guessed France and Greece. In my language (Finnish) words are pronounced exactly as they are written, so it would have been Fran-ce and Gree-ce. Nice quiz, thanks.
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level 27
Jul 29, 2014
Would you mind saying "even by using his non-fisherman likeness" in finnish please?
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level 27
Jul 29, 2014
pleaaaase
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level 64
Jul 29, 2014
You mean "kalastajamaisuudettomuudellansakaan"?
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level 45
Jul 29, 2014
Laos. Definitely not only one syllable. The fact that you can pronounce it with one syllable doesn't mean you should.
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level 60
Jun 18, 2016
The fact that you don't pronounce it with one syllable doesn't mean you're right.
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level 69
Aug 31, 2016
It rhymes with 'how'.
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level 40
Jul 29, 2014
100% with 0:53 left. Chad had me stumped for a while. I completely didn't see the flag in the picture! -_-
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level 33
Jul 29, 2014
I got Chad and Laos easily. But it wasn't until the final seconds that I focused on the flag and came up with Spain and France. With more time I would've gotten Greece.
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level 77
Jul 29, 2014
Er... that's is the flag of Chad.
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level 46
Sep 14, 2015
Maybe because it looks a little bit like the Andorran flag, which leads to France and Spain as the neighbours.
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level 72
Dec 31, 2016
I thought it was Romania - takes quite a bit of imagination to get that down to one syllable
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level 27
Jul 29, 2014
Same. Took a full 150 seconds for something in my brain to realize europe actually did have countries with only one syllable, including the one I live in
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Its pretty hard though, considering: Español and Française
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level 47
Dec 15, 2018
Française is a french and espanol is spanish. Not France and Spain. That would be France and España
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level 67
Jul 29, 2014
Man, I've been pronouncing UAE wrong forever.
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level 77
Jul 29, 2014
United Arab Emirates, that's eight syllables ;).
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level 77
Jul 29, 2014
I thought Chile was a one-syllable country in English. I've learned something today ^^.
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level 70
Aug 20, 2014
only when proceeded by "Honey"
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level 59
Oct 26, 2015
lol!!!
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level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Yup its Chill-ee. Not like Pile or mile
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level 36
Jul 29, 2014
This is a fantastic quiz
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level 49
Jul 30, 2014
Got them all, and learned that I've been pronouncing "Laos" wrong all these years.
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level 15
Aug 1, 2014
done in 5 seconds
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level 14
Aug 4, 2014
100%, 5 seconds into the quiz
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level 19
Jan 17, 2015
Finished at 2:44 :D
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level 59
Mar 25, 2015
To all the comments about Laos (and Wales, though not one of the answers) being one or two syllables: it has to do with a thing called a dipthong, which is when a vowel has two "parts" but is only one syllable, technically. For example, "boils" ("boy-yulls") or even "I" ("ah-yee") both take two "sounds" to say, but are one syllable each. This is a common thing to have to deal with when singing, since you have to know where to put stress on which part of the word/vowel.
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level 60
Jun 18, 2016
That's not the argument with Laos. Some people pronounce it as two distinct syllables (lay-oss), whereas others pronounce it the same as louse.
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level 47
Dec 15, 2018
Thank you for this! People saying wales is two syllables because you say way-uls, made me ..well sort of speechless. It is like saying "boys" has two syllables because you say boy-us..house would be how-us etc... because some people stretch words or insert pauzes midword does make them (magically) have two (or more) syllables. I guess abive people would also consider "more" as two syllables mo-
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level 19
Aug 1, 2015
Ez as Pi not to brag or anything, but I am on a roll.
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level 19
Aug 1, 2015
And btw Laos is 1 syllable
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level 67
Oct 26, 2015
According to wikipedia it can be pronounced both in one syllable or two: /ˈlaʊs/, /ˈlɑː.ɒs/, /ˈlɑː.oʊs/, or /ˈleɪ.ɒs/
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level 47
Dec 15, 2018
Exactly so it probably shouldnt be on the list. ˈlau̇s, ˈlä-(ˌ)ōs, ˈlā-ˌäs is what I found. So some do pronounce it as one, but many don't. I would exclude it for that reason
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level 7
Sep 3, 2015
100% 2:50 remaining WOOOOOOO
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level 31
Nov 19, 2015
I find it weird that Laos is accepted, but not Chile.
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level 70
Dec 11, 2015
Laos is borderline in English, but Chile is very distinctively two syllables. It's a homonym with "chilly", or if you like your spicy little peppers, "chili".
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level 46
Jun 9, 2016
What about Chile ??
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level 60
Jun 18, 2016
How can that be one syllable?
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level 57
Jun 30, 2016
As in, similar to child?
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level 24
Aug 27, 2016
Got 'em all with 6 sec to spare wooo
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level 69
Aug 31, 2016
There seems to be a lot of confusion over the pronunciation of Laos. It rhymes with 'How'. I can only assume the two-syllable crowd are also thinking that Chairman Mao, far from being a brutal tyrant, was actually something to put on a sandwich.
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level 75
Nov 23, 2016
Not in English: "lɑːoʊs/, /ˈlaʊs/, /ˈlɑːɒs/, or /ˈleɪɒs/"
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level 68
Nov 23, 2016
100+ comments on a five item quiz has to be a ratio record!
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level 57
Nov 23, 2016
I think the real record is the string of 35+ comments above about a non-sovereign nation that has disputably has two syllables.
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level 67
Nov 23, 2016
But can you name the capital cities of these countries? Prove it - http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/133711/captial-cities-of-monosyllabic-countries
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level 66
Nov 23, 2016
Not totally sure if Laos only has one syllable
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level 14
Nov 23, 2016
chad france greece laos spain
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level 70
Mar 31, 2017
I don't get it.
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level 68
Nov 24, 2016
Your a mug if you didn't get 5 points. Kind regards, Generali Geeks
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level 72
Dec 31, 2016
More of a mug if you don't know the difference between your & you're
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level 45
Nov 24, 2016
0:57 on the clock. Had 4/5 in 45 seconds, but it took me saying almost every Asian country out loud before i got Laos
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level 72
Dec 31, 2016
So is Cyprus in Europe, or what then?
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level 27
Jan 2, 2017
Hmmm. I say Laos is two syllables. Like Taos. Which the internet is also annoyingly saying is one syllable. I still clearly hear two. You are wrong, internet! Wrong I say!
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level 66
Feb 1, 2017
It rhymes with mouse or louse. 1 syllable
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level 57
Jan 4, 2018
Laos is pronounced La- os not Lous.
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level 71
Feb 5, 2018
It‘s pronounced Lao. For further information watch Geography Now! Laos
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level 23
Feb 5, 2018
hhh and 2.52 left AMAZING
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level 74
Apr 20, 2018
the number of answers here really depends on how drunk you are. pretty sure i sould even make solomon islands one syllable
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level 57
Jun 17, 2018
clever quizz. however it is weird English considers Spain as monosilabe. luckily I remembered sponge and spoon..
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level 47
Dec 15, 2018
How the hell do you guys pronounce laos if it is one syllable? I thought if it (cause was trying to think of all the short names) and immediately dismissed it. Didnt even consider it could be two syllables...
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level 27
Dec 16, 2018
I pronounce it L-ow-s
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level 32
May 16, 2019
Never heard of Laos being pronounced with two syllables. Usually its the argument whether the s is silent or not.