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13 Aug 2019, 5:25 pm

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I envy how well-travelled you are.

Don't take this the wrong way, but you're still very young. At your age, I haven't seen anything but my home country. Now not only I have my few favourite/regular restaurants in almost every European country, but worked and spend some significant time in some places I couldn't' even imagine I'll ever get to set foot in. :lol:

I'm not too badly off, but I've never been to Australia. The European capitals are mostly enough for me, anyway. I'd love to see Japan, India, Russia and a few countries in South America. I once felt like travelling to Canada, having some ancestors who settled over there, but I don't like some of the things I've been hearing about the country of late. America is a big one. I'd also like to go to Peking, if it ever gains its freedom.


From your list, never been to Australia either. I come from the North, their climate scares me :lol:

(Note, not Pekin either, just Honk Kong)

I was speaking to a well travelled gentleman on an airplane a few months ago, and he told me the Cantonese are extremely rude, which does against what I've experienced of them.

I wouldn't to Peking at the moment even if I was offered free travel and boarding.

Australia's climate isn't all that bad in the south, from what I've heard.



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13 Aug 2019, 5:26 pm

It's called Beijing now.

Just like Bombay is now called Mumbai.



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13 Aug 2019, 5:28 pm

Barely left my state and that was 10 years ago. I’ll probably die in this city never have it left it :cry:


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13 Aug 2019, 5:29 pm

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It's called Beijing now.

Just like Bombay is now called Mumbai.

You know I'm going to keep calling them by their real names, so stop being a wind-up merchant :lol:



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13 Aug 2019, 5:33 pm

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You know I'm going to keep calling them by their real names


No wonder I have a soft spot for you 8)


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13 Aug 2019, 5:35 pm

If a person from Beijing told you to call it Beijing, would you do it?



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13 Aug 2019, 5:36 pm

I prefer the old names, too.

But they have new name for a reason.



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13 Aug 2019, 5:41 pm

If it were likely to cause offence to someone I cared about, I might, though I'd probably use some kind of circumlocution instead.



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13 Aug 2019, 5:43 pm

BenderRodriguez wrote:
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You know I'm going to keep calling them by their real names


No wonder I have a soft spot for you 8)

Thanks!



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13 Aug 2019, 5:49 pm

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But they have new name for a reason.

Frankly, I'm not so sure. When I ask people about this, they usually point out that "Beijing" is closer to the local pronunciation of the city's name, but by that standard, we ought to call Vienna Wiener, Rome Roma, Moscow Moskva, Japan Nippon and Prague Praha.



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13 Aug 2019, 5:51 pm

Many Indians still call it 'Bombay'. Wouldn't be completely surprised if it were a majority.


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13 Aug 2019, 5:53 pm

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Many Indians still call it 'Bombay'. Wouldn't be completely surprised if it were a majority.

They do at my local takeaway - they could hardly call it "Mumbai Aloo".



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13 Aug 2019, 5:57 pm

It makes me laugh that the SNP government in Scotland insists on putting up signposts in both English and Gaelic, when less than 1% of the population speaks the latter.


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13 Aug 2019, 5:59 pm

When I’m in their country, I try to pronounce their cities their way.



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13 Aug 2019, 6:04 pm

Would I be expected to say 'Noo Joisey' if I were in that part of the world?!

Sorry, only kidding! :lol:


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