Sunday, 6 May 2018

The literal translations of major city names around the world

Travelling around the world is one of the greatest things that we as humans can do.

Whether you like to explore the cities of Europe, the culture of East Asia or the rainforests of South America, the world is literally your oyster.

With all those countries comes a lot of different languages. In fact, there are 7,106 different active languages in the world - and they can translate into all sorts of things.

To show how diverse and unique languages can be, On The Go Tours looked at the names of 191 major cities from around the world to discover their literal translations.


Take a look at their interactive map here.

You'll be surprised to learn that Birmingham literally translates as 'Village of Beornmund's people', Dublin means 'Black pool', while Budapest translates as 'Water Furnace'.

Here is a list of some of our favourite translations from their discoveries.

Kandahar (Afghanistan) - Alexander the Great
Tirana (Albania) - Dairy
Luanda (Angola) - Tax
Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Fair winds
Vienna (Austria) - White fort
Baku (Azerbaijan) - Wind-pounded city
Dhaka (Bangledesh) - Small bushy tree
Brussels (Belgium) - Home in the Mars
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - The field around the palace
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - River of January
Sofia (Bulgaria) - Wisdom
Bogota (Colombia) - Enclosure outside of the farmfields
Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) - St James of the fertile of place
Copenhagen (Denmark) - Merchant's harbour
Djibouti (Djibouti) - Doormat made of palm fibres
Cairo (Egypt) - The Victorious
Lautoka (Fiji) - Spear hit/ bull's eye
Accra (Ghana) - Ants
Guatemala City (Guatemala) - City of forested land
Tegucigalpa (Honduras) - Silver mountain/ place where the elite live
Budapest (Hungary) - Water furnace
Reykjavik (Iceland) - Smoky bay
Delhi (India) - Eminence/ threshold
Jakarta (Indonesia) - Victorious dead
Dublin (Ireland) - Black pool
Rome (Italy) - Strong
Nairobi (Kenya) - The place of cool waters
Monrovia (Liberia) - Named after U.S. President James Monroe
Vilnius (Lithuania) - A surge
Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) - Small castle
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) - Muddy confluence
Monaco City (Monaco) - City of the new house
Podgorica (Montenegro) - Under the small hill
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Dam on the water
Oslo (Norway) - Meadow of the gods
Ngerulmud (Palau) - Place of fermented fish
Manila (Philippines) - Place of the flowering mangrove plant
Bucharest (Romania) - City of joy
Dakar (Senegal) - Tamarind tree/ land of refuge
Singapore (Singapore) - Lion city
Bratislava (Slovakia) - Braslav's glory
Bloemfontein (South Africa) - Fountain of flowers
Seville (Spain) - Plain
Khartoum (Sudan) - End of an elephant's trunk
Paramaribo (Suriname) - Large river inhabitants
Damascus (Syria) - Well-watered place
Bangkok (Thailand) - District of wild plums
Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) - City of love
Funafuti (Tuvalu) - Banana
Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Father of the gazelle
Birmingham (UK) - Village of Beornmund's people
Montevideo (Uruguay) - I see a mountain
Vatican City (Vatican City) - Soothsayer city
Harare (Zimbabwe) - He does not sleep

(Source: indy100)

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