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One-Syllable Countries Quiz

Name the five countries that have a one-syllable name.
Quiz by inderweg
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Last updated: May 31, 2014
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First submittedMay 27, 2014
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Continent
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Africa
Chad
Europe
France
Europe
Greece
Asia
Laos
Europe
Spain
104 Recent Comments
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Level 82
Jul 29, 2014
This is one of those mornings when my brain just isn't working.
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Level 30
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 50
Oct 30, 2023
Looked at the comments and found this one. Thanks.
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Level 82
Nov 23, 2016
This afternoon brain is working better. 5/5 with 2:15 left.
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Level 53
Apr 25, 2024
After 2 years?
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Level 54
May 8, 2024
Remembering them right afterwards would be cheating, lol.
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Level 75
Jul 29, 2014
Missed Greece. This was harder than I thought it would be.
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Level 73
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 61
Oct 13, 2016
The picture was a dead give away for Chad
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Level 51
Mar 21, 2017
If you know the flag of Chad by heart, which most people don't.
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Level 72
Aug 6, 2020
Oh, you mean that Romanian flag at the top?
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2021
vexillology humor
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Level 52
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 22
Jul 29, 2014
Would you mind saying "even by using his non-fisherman likeness" in finnish please?
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Level 22
Jul 29, 2014
pleaaaase
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Level 75
Jul 29, 2014
You mean "kalastajamaisuudettomuudellansakaan"?
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Level 46
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 62
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 82
Aug 31, 2016
It rhymes with 'how'.
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2024
Also does Curaçao
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Level 33
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 28
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 86
Jul 29, 2014
Er... that's is the flag of Chad.
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Level 44
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 74
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 69
Dec 17, 2019
You can get inspiration from anywhere ;)

(for me it was a lightbulb moment when I got france, then I got greece and spain fairly easy. Before that I was kind of stuck, couldnt think of any other besides chad and laos. Guess I (un)consciously sort of disregarded europe initialy)

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Level 22
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 30
Jun 19, 2016
Its pretty hard though, considering: Español and Française
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Level 69
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 60
Jul 29, 2014
Man, I've been pronouncing UAE wrong forever.
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Level 86
Jul 29, 2014
United Arab Emirates, that's eight syllables ;).
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2019
It is pronounced just like huawei
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Level 86
Jul 29, 2014
I thought Chile was a one-syllable country in English. I've learned something today ^^.
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Level 81
Aug 20, 2014
only when proceeded by "Honey"
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Level 56
Oct 26, 2015
lol!!!
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Level 30
Jun 19, 2016
Yup its Chill-ee. Not like Pile or mile
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Level 28
Jul 29, 2014
This is a fantastic quiz
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Level 45
Jul 30, 2014
Got them all, and learned that I've been pronouncing "Laos" wrong all these years.
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Level 17
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 43
Jan 17, 2015
Finished at 2:44 :D
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Level 55
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 62
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 89
Jul 4, 2019
You wouldn't pronounce the adjective Lao as Lay-oh, would you? Just curious.
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Level 69
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 43
Aug 1, 2015
Ez as Pi not to brag or anything, but I am on a roll.
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Level 43
Aug 1, 2015
And btw Laos is 1 syllable
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Level 78
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 69
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 65
Jan 25, 2023
I agree, but more so because it's ambiguous, not because of the specific pronunciations themselves. A lot of people do pronounce it as one syllable (myself included), even if there are more pronunciations out there with two syllables than one
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Level 27
Nov 19, 2015
I find it weird that Laos is accepted, but not Chile.
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Level 69
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 45
Jun 9, 2016
What about Chile ??
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Level 62
Jun 18, 2016
How can that be one syllable?
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2019
While is one syllable.. (and so is chill ;) )
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Level 65
Jun 30, 2016
As in, similar to child?
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Level 22
Aug 27, 2016
Got 'em all with 6 sec to spare wooo
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Level 82
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 85
Nov 23, 2016
Not in English: "lɑːoʊs/, /ˈlaʊs/, /ˈlɑːɒs/, or /ˈleɪɒs/"
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Level 66
Nov 23, 2016
100+ comments on a five item quiz has to be a ratio record!
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Level 65
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 69
Dec 17, 2019
If people think wales has 2 syllables, do they also think sales and males have 2?
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Level 72
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 69
Nov 23, 2016
Not totally sure if Laos only has one syllable
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2021
The country is pronounced "Lao" not "Lao-s". The s is silent.
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Level 13
Nov 23, 2016
chad

france

greece

laos

spain

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Level 65
Nov 24, 2016
Your a mug if you didn't get 5 points.

Kind regards,

Generali Geeks

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Level 74
Dec 31, 2016
More of a mug if you don't know the difference between your & you're
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Level 52
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 74
Dec 31, 2016
So is Cyprus in Europe, or what then?
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Level 71
Jan 4, 2018
Laos is pronounced La- os not Lous.
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Level 70
Feb 5, 2018
It‘s pronounced Lao. For further information watch Geography Now! Laos
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2021
Yes! I highly recommend Geography Now for brushing up on your geography knowledge on a certain country.
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Level 21
Feb 5, 2018
hhh and 2.52 left

AMAZING

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Level 93
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 74
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 69
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 77
Jan 5, 2021
We pronounce it like this: Take the word "lass." Replace its vowel sound with the vowel sound from "how." L-ow-ss. Or, more succinctly, like it rhymes with "house."
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Level 43
Dec 16, 2018
I pronounce it L-ow-s
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Level 41
May 16, 2019
Never heard of Laos being pronounced with two syllables. Usually its the argument whether the s is silent or not.
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2019
I'm Dutch and this is the First time I've EVER heard that Laos is one-syllabal
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2019
In Laos, "Laos" is pronounced "Lah-o" and written "Lao". In French it's "Lah-os".
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Level 35
Feb 6, 2020
great quiz enjoyed it
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2020
in the us, laos is pronounced "laws".
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Level 32
Jun 4, 2020
good quiz, but could arguably include wales

finished in 10 seconds

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Level 21
Jun 6, 2020
The countries I missed were France and Spain
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2020
Wait.. Laos is one syllable??

Thanks anyway!

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Level 49
Nov 25, 2020
la-os
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Level 64
Jan 4, 2021
Laos?

La-os?

How is this one syllable?

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Level 66
Jan 5, 2021
It's pronounced "Louse" (Like blouse)
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
no, it's not
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2021
its ACTUALLY pronounced "LAOW" (like saying "ow" when your hurt)

not "louse"

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Level 66
Jan 5, 2021
Correct.
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2021
Not correct. "Lao" is the pronunciation in the Lao language (just as it's "Espana" in Spanish). In English, it's "Laos" (just as it's "Spain").
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Level 39
Feb 13, 2021
In portuguese, Spain was Espanha and Laos was Laos in portuguese
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2021
The "ao" is combined into a single vowel sound, "ow." The end result rhymes with "house."
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2021
Just go through Yakko's "Countries of the World" song and check for the answers. All five are in the song.
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2021
that's what I did for the last European country. Still took me 2 minutes to figure it out though.
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Level 39
Feb 13, 2021
I do his quiz in 6 seconds....but in the second time :/
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Level 52
Apr 30, 2021
Absolutely classic. Laos, Chad, and Greece .... no France and Spain ...
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Level 90
Dec 23, 2021
I got all of them but the one in Asia... I kept trying Cyprus, because it's the only Asian country I could think of.
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Level 56
Aug 27, 2022
First try 8 secs.
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2023
It's Laos as in blouse, 1 syllabale. Lao as in cow is common but incorrect, though not offensive to Laotians.
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2023
This is for the English name of the country, as opposed to the endonym. We don't use Nihon for Japan or Italia for Italy. So when speaking in Lao, there is no 's', but included is the Lao word for country.