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"Indien ist kein Kontinent."

Translation:India is not a continent.

March 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JavierWoln1

Indien war ein Kontinent


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lukas170186

It is on its own continental plate, still ramming into Asia at max speed, creating the Himalaya, even today.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfjacobs

It was its own continent, separate from Asia, 80 million years ago.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiordanIX

India ist ein Unterkontinent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

We actually use the nice German word "Subkontinent". ;o)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JayanthVarmaB

We too call it a subcontinent in india.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClassiDuo

This discussion is very illuminating: at the very least, it shows that the criteria for defining what a "continent" is are not very clear. Is it geographic? Geological? Sociopolitical? Tough calls to make!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glutexo

Well, that’s disputable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
Mod

    Not really: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_India

    India is a country. It occupies much of the Indian subcontinent, which is a part of the continent of Asia.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4of92000

    It depends on, among other things, whether you define continent culturally or tectonically (India is on its own plate, but so is Arabia and the Adriatic Sea of all places), or just by convention (are Europe and Asia two continents or the single continent of Eurasia; ditto with the Americas).

    Then there are botanical continents, which just make no sense.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FredSmith84303

    I didn't know such a horrible map could exist.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/treyblake

    Europe is just a peninsula on Asia. India has twice the number of people and is nearly as large.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jnv1994

    Yeah iirc Europe as a whole really shouldn't be considered a continent because a lot of it is out in the water lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaronheiss

    It makes more sense to consider India (and the rest of the Indian subcontinent) a continent than it does Europe.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Avantha

    But considering the number of languages and number of different ethnic groups in india, india can be considered as a continent


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Neotist

    Following countries are in Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    What is Canada to a continent is India to a subcontinent.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmperorChi

    well then Europe is not a continent. shot fired lol disclaimer: i'm from neither.

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