"Где Германия?"

Translation:Where is Germany?

November 23, 2015



If you don't know where Germany is you should really have paid more attention in Geography classes.

December 1, 2015


We don't learn about random countries in geography now instead we learn coastal management and other boring stuff :(.

March 31, 2016


It was in a totally different place when I was in school. :)

March 8, 2016

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    You mean, it has become a bigger country since back then?

    July 15, 2018


    "Believe me, dear, I can cheat through any exam " -- that guy probably, 10 years ago.

    December 22, 2015


    Unless Carmen Sandiego took it...

    June 22, 2019


    Why is germany called "Германия" if "Немецкий" is german?

    November 23, 2015


    Just because. The word «не́мец» came up as the term for a foreigner (cf. немо́й "mute"). Eventually it stuck as the word for a German. You see, a few centuries ago Germans were quite common foreigners in Russia (the first ever textbook on spoken Russian was written about 400 years ago by a German).

    Did not affect the name of the country that, far as I know, formed much later.

    November 23, 2015


    @Shady: No that's not true, don't lie to people here hah :-) .

    It's way older than that , i.e from times when all of us Slavs were one big tribe.

    "Slavic" , in the the old slavic means "Speakers" (from the word "Slovo" which in the old Slavic used to mean "Speech") , while the "Немецки" , i.e. "the mute ones" were the foreigners.

    It stucked to the Germanic tribes because we were basically surrounded by them and lived next to them for a pretty long time ;-)

    We started together from India, and we traveled along with the Germanic tribes and along the way we became separate peoples from them, with different languages, but they were still the only foreigners we knew of, hence the name "The Muties" :-)

    The same way The Old Greeks had the term for them , the "Helenic", and the "Barbarians" were everyone else, because they were speaking "Bra bra bra" to them :-)

    December 22, 2015


    The word has old roots. Its meaning "a German", however, does not. If you mean that нѣмецъ or its precursor was used to mean exclusively Germans a thousand or several thousand years ago, I would like to see some sources.

    Note also that Germans were not an ethnicity millenia ago.

    December 22, 2015


    As I've said, it did not use to refer only the modern day Germans alone back then, instead we used to call that way all of the Germanic folks, it just stuck to Germans over time.

    Serbs,and all other Southern Slavs even call Germany, the country , "Немачка"

    Slovo used to mean the speech, hence all of us Slavs = Speakers . Other guys, our neighbours were "mute" hence the "muties" :-)

    Nemci / Niemci / Nimcy / Њемци , or whichever version you prefer is very common in all of the Slavic peoples, and it can't be just because the most common foreigners in Russia were Germans right?

    December 22, 2015


    In polish language there is also "Niemcy" and "niemiecki język" without any "german" words

    March 18, 2016


    @dempl (we start together from india) do you mean your ancestor is from India?? I thougt it was Persia right??

    February 26, 2016

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      A long time ago, all European-Asian (I hope that's the correct word, the German one is "eurasisch") tribes were close enough to each other to call their language Indo-Germanic. That's why dempl wrote that we started together from India. There were many different languages, which are today summarized as "Indo-Germanic languages". Part of that are all historic language stages before today's Roman, Germanic and Slavic languages and Persian, as well as some Indian languages (afaik there are about two hundred different Indian languages, so I'm not sure if each of them is part of the Indo-Germanic family).

      July 15, 2018


      He's wrong. The Proto Indo-Europeans are the group he is referring to which spoke parent language of the language families which in the modern day include Romance, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Baltic, Hellenic(Greek), Albanian, Armenian, Iranic, Indo-Aryan(such as Sanskrit and many other languages of the Indian subcontinent), along with extinct language families such as Tocharian(spoken in western China) and Hittite(spoken in anatolia aka Turkey). The Proto Indo-European homeland based on genetic analysis and archaeology was located in what is now Ukraine/southern Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. The horse and chariot riding sword wielding PIEs spread their languages and genes from Iceland and Portugal to India and beyond.

      August 10, 2019


      What I learned in my European history classes and reading elsewhere is that Germans and Slavs are different people groups, the former having descended from Scandinavians. However there is/was the theory that Swedish explorers founded Kiev and thus may be ancestors to the Slavic groups...don't know how much truth there is to that.

      November 18, 2016

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        The thing is, Germanic and Slavic tribes have co-existed for a very long time and today many Germans have more Slavic ancestors than Germanic, since they also had mixed partnerships.

        July 15, 2018


        From what I was just reading, Немецкий is an ethnonym, not a demonym. Russian more strongly differentiates between the two than most languages, probably because they've never inhabited an ethnostate without other people also being there. Being Немецкий doesn't mean you live in Germany, or that you've even ever been to Germany. It means you're "German". By descent, or by race, or by ethnic group, however you care to phrase it.

        July 15, 2019


        sometimes I like to just go full idiot-mode and read the cyrillic letters as the latin letters they most resemble. "Rae Repmahnr?" (maaan this can't be healthy for my russian)

        August 26, 2016


        Good that the Russians still think about the Germans since they made Hitler commit suicide.

        April 12, 2017



        July 15, 2018


        Or so they thought

        March 30, 2019


        Not far! I can already smell the Apfelstrudel!

        May 13, 2016


        Апфелструдел из Австрии, не из Германии. :-)

        August 6, 2016


        Я понимаю. Спасибо!

        December 16, 2016


        Derrotados en Stalingrado, como corresponde.

        July 17, 2017


        Где Waldo?

        October 31, 2018


        Why is does Germany end in "ии" and sometimes "ия"?

        March 4, 2016


        Because it has grammatical cases just like any other noun.

        Nouns that end in -ия have и, not е as their prepositional ending:

        • мама → о маме, земля → о земле
        • Мария → о Марии, Германия → о Германии.

        В and НА take the Prepositional case when you mean location (when you mean the direction of motion or action, they take the Accusative).

        March 4, 2016


        It is in Europe!

        April 17, 2016


        soviets during 1841:

        March 20, 2019


        You mean 1941. You're probably right with 1841 but it's the Russian Empire asking if Germany even exists!

        March 30, 2019


        I wish duolingo could help with spelling. I cant spell Германия for my life

        July 10, 2016


        The school of the person that asked this question must have used Common Core.

        August 18, 2016


        Ask Stalin

        March 30, 2019


        Still don't understand why Германия and Германии

        March 21, 2017

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          shady_arc explained it above (I hope it's okay that I copy the answer):

          Because it has grammatical cases just like any other noun.

          Nouns that end in -ия have и, not е as their prepositional ending:

          мама → о маме, земля → о земле Мария → о Марии, Германия → о Германии. В and НА take the Prepositional case when you mean location (when you mean the direction of motion or action, they take the Accusative).

          July 15, 2018


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          June 7, 2018

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