How do the Japanese pronounce each country name?

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, there are 196 countries (including Japan) in the world of which the Japanese government has recognized the legitimacy.

The Japanese pronounce many of those country names in almost the same way as native speakers of English say, but this does’t apply to some and we pronounce them in the different way that native English speakers are perhaps not familiar with.

Today, I want to introduce each typical example of the 2 types.

The country names whose pronunciations are almost the same in Japanese and in English 

Here are 20 typical examples of the country names whose pronunciations are almost the same in Japanese and in English.Many Japanese could know what countries they are from those country names spelled in English.

County Name Japanese pronunciation
America Amerika (アメリカ)
Russia Roshia (ロシア)
France Furance (フランス)
Australia Oosutoraria (オーストラリア)
New Zealand Nyuu Jiirando (ニュージーランド)
Brazil Burajiru (ブラジル)
Mexico Mekishiko (メキシコ)
Spain Supein (スペイン)
Portugal Porutogaru (ポルトガル)
Sweden Suweeden (スウェーデン)
Indonesia Indoneshia (インドネシア)
Taiwan Taiwan (台湾)
Hong Kong (China) Honkon (香港)
Singapore Shingapooru (シンガポール)
Finland Finrando (フィンランド)
Norway Noruwee (ノルウェー)
Canada Kanada (カナダ)
Mongol Mongoru (モンゴル)
Vietnam Betonamu (ベトナム)
Malaysia Mareeshia (マレーシア)

The country names whose pronunciations and spellings are completely different between in Japanese and in English 

In contrast, here are 5 typical examples of the country names whose pronunciations and spellings are completely different between in Japanese and in English.

County Name Japanese pronunciation
China Chuugoku (中国)
England Igirisu (イギリス)
Germany Doitsu (ドイツ)
Korea Choosen (朝鮮)
Japan Nippon (日本)

Tomo

I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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