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    #1

    why...

    Hi...
    Why do some names of countries change from Spanish to English and some don’t?
    E.g. España….Spain but Portugal……Portugal…..the same …..Why?

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    Re: why...

    Cities, too. Roma is Rome and Venezia is Venice.

    More important or prominent places tend to be Anglicised. Those with difficult pronuciations (for English speakers) will tend to be adapted as well.

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    Re: why...

    thanks

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