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Country names in Chinese

Can you guess which countries are these?
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Chinese characters
(simplified; Mainland translation)
Pinyin
Hint
Answer
中国
zhōng guó
"中(zhōng)" means "middle; centre"
"国(guó)" means "country; nation"
China
美国
měi guó
"美(měi)" from a syllable of its English name.
Again, "国(guó)" means "country"
United States
英国
yīng guó
 
United Kingdom
法国
fǎ guó
 
France
德国
dé guó
"德(dé)" not from English, but the native language of this country
Germany
日本
rì běn
This country lies in the East Asian cultural sphere.
This word is pronounced "Nihon" or "Nippon" in their language.
Japan
朝鲜
cháo xiǎn
This country lies in the East Asian cultural sphere.
This word is pronounced "Joseon" in their language.
North Korea
韩国
hán guó
This country lies in the East Asian cultural sphere.
This word is pronounced "Han'guk" in their language.
South Korea
越南
yuè nán
This country lies in the East Asian cultural sphere.
This word is pronounced "Việt Nam" in their language
Vietnam
俄罗斯
é luó sī
From Mongol. Mongolian does not allow word-initial r-, so they added a vowel before that
Russia
白俄罗斯
bái é luó sī
"白(bái)" means "white"
Belarus
瑞典
ruì diǎn
"瑞" was once pronouced "shuì" before 20th century.
Sweden
瑞士
ruì shì
 
Switzerland
秘鲁
bì lǔ
Again. "bì" is an old pronunciation of "秘". which has changed to "mì", but the name of this country is still pronounced "bì lǔ", not "mì lǔ"
Peru
奥地利
ào dì lì
 
Austria
澳大利亚
ào dà lì yà
 
Australia
利比亚
lì bǐ yà
 
Libya
利比里亚
lì bǐ lǐ yà
 
Liberia
荷兰
hé lán
 
Netherlands
比利时
bǐ lì shí
 
Belgium
西班牙
xī bān yá
 
Spain
意大利
yì dà lì
 
Italy
匈牙利
xiōng yá lì
From English, although they have a totally different name in their language.
Hungary
克罗地亚
kè luó dì yà
From English, although they have a totally different name in their language.
Croatia
阿尔巴尼亚
ā ěr bā ní yà
From English, although they have a totally different name in their language.
Albania
希腊
xī là
Not from English, but the native language of this country
Greece
巴基斯坦
bā jī sī tǎn
 
Pakistan
也门
yě mén
 
Yemen
苏丹
sū dān
 
Sudan
瓦努阿图
wǎ nǔ ā tú
 
Vanuatu
2 Comments
+1
Level 23
Feb 5, 2024
你是外國人嗎?

你可以說中文嗎?

can you speak chinese

+1
Level 27
May 6, 2024
中国大陆人,学过英语和德语