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45 thoughts on “Why Are There So Many Different Names for Germany

  1. The word "Celtic" is pronounced with a hard "K" sound. Strange that a channel dedicated to language would get that wrong; unless of course you were under the influence of the Franks of Francia , or is it Frankenreich? Also in the middle-ages the English (Anglo-Saxons under the rule of a Norwegian Frank, i.e. William the Bastard of 1066 AD fame), those "English" called all Germanic speaking peoples of the western low countries, Nederlands, Flems, Jutes, Frisians as "Low Deutch" or "Low Dutch"; and called all Germanic speaking peoples east of the Rhine and to the south, Saxony, Austria, Bavaria etc "High Deutch" or "High Dutch". Again something you should have known. In the US the name "Dutch" or "Dutchy" referred to German immigrants and not immigrants from Nederland; as in the term "Pennsylvania Dutch" for the Old Order Mennonites also called the Amish. Only in the 20th century did the term change to mean "someone from the Holland i.e. Nederlands".

  2. Fun fact: Wallachia from Romania was called this way from the germans as we were "speaking a different language from theirs", just like Welsh that are celtic and waloons that are romanic. See the similarities?

  3. This was really interesting!
    It made me realise something about my country too. I'm from Switzerland, and we have 4 linguistic regions but mainly German and French are spoken. In the French part, we call the German-speakers "Bourbines" and the German-speakers call us "Welsch". It makes so much sense now!

  4. The Nation and the Language are called the same in all over the World. Germany German in English. But in Italian we call the Nation GERMANIA but the Language is called TEDESCO and the inhabitants are called TEDESCHI . Why does the Italian language call the German language and the german people a diffrent name than the country itself? As far as I know this difference exists only in Italy.

  5. Aaaah, yes! The famous Rhine that flows from Venice to Wilhelmshaven. Who doesn’t know the famous Rhine and its legendary gravity-defying crossing of the Matterhorn and the Zugspitze mountains? The legendary Rhine, the only sweet water river in existence that connects two salt water oceans…

    Just… ouch!

  6. The Indonesian calls Germany as "Jerman" from Latin "Germania" while the Dutch calls them "Duitsland". It's kinda odd since Indonesians usually name a country by following the Dutch form (e.g. Hongarije becomes Hongaria, Slowakije becomes Slowakia, Spanje becomes Spanyol, and so on) except for some countries like Egypt and Greece.
    Note : In Dutch, "j" in the middle of word is pronunced "y".

  7. I think that /seltic/ describes a player on a Boston basketball team. The people who lived in western Europe, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, etc., spoke /keltic/ languages. But I am not a linguist, so I could be wrong.

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