It’s only China/Chine/Cina/Kina and variations of this in most European languages, South Asian and SE Asian languages

The word China was thought to have derived from the Chinese Qin dynasty (pronounced chin).

China at one time was also known as Cathay which came from the old extinct Khitan language. Altaic and Turkic languages I believe calls China names that are derived from the world Cathay.

EastAsian languages however, in particular the Sinosphere languages, called China:

Chugoku in Japanese

Junggok in Korean

Trung Quốc In Vietnamese

and these all following the Chinese origin for China 中国 (zhongguo in Mandarin and jonggwok in Cantonese)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Explore More

What is the difference between 可是(kě shì), 但是 (dàn shì), and 不过 (bú guò) in Chinese?

July 31, 2022 0 Comments 0 tags

What is the difference between 可是(kě shì), 但是 (dàn shì), and 不过 (bú guò) in Chinese? I know they all mean ‘but‘, so what is the difference? 可是 is a

Does Mandarin pronounce its ‘R’s the same as English?

January 13, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

They are very similar and sometimes overlap. The most common pronunciation of English /r/ is as a labialized postalveolar approximant, [ɹ̠ʷ]. Some North American, Irish, and West Country varieties have

In Chinese culture, what does the dragon and tiger represent?

June 25, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

They could refer to Green Dragon of the East, or 东方青龙 in Chinese, and White Tiger of the West, or 西方白虎 in Chinese, two of the Four Cardinal Points of