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"Japan is een eiland."

Translation:Japan is an island.

October 13, 2014

15 Comments


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

Technically Japan is a 6852-island archipelago with four major islands but whatever. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sowrd299

Would you really rather translate that?


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

Japan is een archipel met vier hoofdeilanden!


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

Eiland...... egg country.. lol


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

Wrong.. actually 'island land'. From Old Frisian word 'ei' meaning 'island'. Nothing to do with the modern Dutch 'ei' as in egg.


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

You could just laugh at the idea.. lol


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

And a good way of remembering the word imo. Thanks :)


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

Same with Old English. It's where you get the -ey in island names like Jersey and Guernsey, for example.


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

And the "s" was added to the English word to make it look more like the French "isle," even though the two words are unrelated. Then the French dropped the "s" and added the circumflex for "île."

People are funny.


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

Interesting, thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen613612

.... Alderney, Orkney, Westray, Norderney, Eday, Stronsay, ... but then there's Ronaldsay, Graemsay, Colonsay, Vatersay....

Could the "s" be possessive, I wonder?

Curiously, island in Hebrew is also אי. (ei).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meryle11

Agree. At the very least it's four islands

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