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"Germano vizitas usonanon en Usono."

Translation:A German visits an American in the United States.

3 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JoeJScott
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It is interesting that English doesn't have a specific demonym for people from the USA - apparently most other languages do, apparently the closest suggested ones (that obviously never took off) are United Statesian and even Usonian, as inspired by Esperanto of course!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XesEri
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It bothers me that we say "American" as a person from the US, though we aren't the only country in America. I suppose it comes from revolutionary-era thinking.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

I thought it was because we named the country after the continent.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/R4_Online
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To me, using a demonym for someone that's from the US that's other than "American" doesn't quite make sense. It would be like calling someone from the United Arab Emirates a "United Arabian" instead of an "Emirian". Officially, Mexico is the United Mexican States but we just call them "Mexicans". When I read a name like the United States of America, I read it as, this country is made up of many little states to form one big country that's in America. To say someone is a "United Statesian" would be like saying someone is a "Republican" when referring to someone who's from France, officially the French Republic. Just because the US's name just so happens to have the name of the continent it's in doesn't mean it owns the entire continent "manifest destiny-style", read it as: these United States that are from America. Finally, if people are so caught up on countries and continents, think of this: when calling someone an "Australian", are you referring to the country of Australia or the continent of Australia?

This is coming from someone that's non-American (as in, not an Usonian).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lixfuha
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I propose to call them "Unitedstatesmen".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidStarner

It does; the usual term is Americans, whether or not anyone likes it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xiej2520

usanono isn't an acceptable spelling mistake?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/djzeus01
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US had been an acceptable abbreviation so far, but now "USA" or "the United States" is required, so I think this is off. Reported.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KubisFowler
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No, because it is usono + ano, therefore a member citizen of the US.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miroslavbel

May I write this without articles (in English)? Why? "German visits American in the United States."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH

Only if you're writing headlines for the print edition of a newspaper.

3 months ago