Translation:America is not a country, it is a continent.
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Estadunidense is the correct specific form to refer to it, even though the most used and colloquial form used in Brazil is "americano", but also many people feel discomfortable with it, cause we consider ourselves Americans as well (not from the US, but from America, the continent, obviously).
I'd like to call US people "United Staters", just like US people call people from the United Arab Emirates "Emiratis" and people from New England "New Englanders". However, people feel concerned with that and laugh at it, so I prefer to just call them US people or US Americans, sounds "more right" for them.
There is no continent called America in English. The continents North and South America are referred to collectively as "The Americas". In the English-speaking world, America exists only as an abbreviation for the United States of America, and a citizen of the United States is officially called an American.
I think the confusion arises from the fact that in Spanish, Portuguese, and some other languages, "The Americas" are just one continent, "America", and they have separate words for citizens of the United States (whereas in English we just have "Americans").
I don't think you read what I said. America is not considered a continent in the English-speaking world like it is in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. It's not ignoring geography when continental bounds are not universally agreed upon.
In English-speaking countries (and probably some others) there is no "America". There are 2 continents: North America and South America.
In Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries (and probably some others) there is just one continent: America. Therefore it depends on what language you are speaking.
Look it up. Different cultures divide up the continents differently. It's hard to believe at first since we are taught our own versions since grade school, but it's true. No one's ignoring geography here. When citizens of the United States of America are called Americans, it's because it's an abbreviation of the country's name. According to most, our continent is North America, so when we are referring to people from Canada, Mexico, U.S.A., etc. collectively, we call them North Americans. I don't think many Canadians would appreciate being called Americans.
When we refer to Brazilians, Chileans, Colombians, etc. collectively, we call them South Americans.
Check out this Wikipedia so you can see that continental divisions vary widely depending on who you ask: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent
"They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria."
Part of learning a language is learning how people name things in different cultures and places. This is how it is taught to us by teachers across most of the continent. This land mass here that you know as two different continents, has a single name in Spanish and Portuguese, and it is 'América'.
If you are in Brazil and someone says "América" it means the whole thing, north and south, the Caribbean islands and the isthmus. This item of the course is preparing you for that fact.
It's not a contest of who says it right or wrong, it's just how it is called and how it has been taught for a long time. We don't decide to mix things up to mess up people who speaks a different language or uses a different concept.
Not sure why americans (yes, in English conventionally means people from USA) have to make things that happen elsewhere in the world about themselves. Talk about pride and disdain for other cultures.
It is an interesting story, that of Amerigo Vespucci - the places he visited and how Waldseemüller decided to name certain landmass with his namesake, and then Mercator extended its use to the entire continent. Probably he did it to piss some north Americans a few centuries in the future.
If "Los Estados Unidos de Mexico" can be referred to as "Mexico", cannot "The United States of America" be referred to in shortened form as "America"? It does not stop North America from being North America. It does not stop South America from being South America. By the way, I think that makes two continents.
North America is a Continent. South America is a Continent. There is a country in North America called the United States of America. When people say they want to come to America, they are referring to the US.... and this is coming from an immigrant. No need to be offended if you are from another country by this fact. Nobody thinks of Columbia or Venezuela when referring to "America".
Yes, because the USA APPLIED from the continent's Gentile! He used his influence for that! When the continent was christened America, no one would know that a country called "United States" would take Just for you the name of the continent, Colombo didn't even want to dock his ship in the USA, but in the Dominican Republic, anyone who studied history would know that !!.