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Old November 10th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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Motorway in different European languages

I think I got what Motorway is called in most European languages here. Here is even a lot of very small languages: This is 63 languages. I hope you enjoy it.

Albanian: Autoudhë
Alemannic: Autobahn
Aragonese: Autopista
Asturian: Autopista
Azerbaijani: Avtomagistral
Basque: Autobide
Bavarian: Autobahn
Belarusian: Аўтамагістраль
Bosnian: Autoput
Bulgarian: Автомагистрала
Catalan: Autopista
Chuvash: Автомобиль çулĕ
Croatian: Autocesta
Czech: Dálnice
Danish: Motorvej
Dutch: Autosnelweg
English: Motorway
Estonian: Maantee
Extremaduran: Autopista
Finnish: Moottoritie
French: Autoroute
Frisian: Autodyk
Galician: Autoestrada
Georgian: ავტოსტრადა
German: Autobahn
Greek: Αυτοκινητόδρομος
Hungarian: Autópálya
Irish: Mótarbhealach
Italian: Autostrada
Ladin: Autostrada
Latin: Autovia
Latvian: Autoceļš
Lithuanian: Automagistralė
Low German: Autobahn
Luxembourgish: Autobunn
Macedonian: Автопат
Moldovan: Autostradă
Neapolitan: Autostrada
Norman: Motoroute
Norwegian: Motorvei
Nynorsk: Motorveg
Occitan: Autorota
Piedmontese: Autostrà
Polish: Autostrada
Portuguese: Autoestrada
Romansh: Autostrada
Romanian: Autostradă
Russian: Автомагистраль
Sami: Mohtorgeaidnu
Scots: Motorwey
Serbian: Autoput
Sicilian: Autostrada
Silesian: Autobana
Slovak: Diaľnica
Slovenian: Avtocesta
Sorbian: Awtodróha
Spanish: Autopista
Swedish: Motorväg
Turkish: Otoyol
Ukrainian: Автомагістраль
Venetian: Autostrada
Welsh: Traffordd
Yiddish: מאָטאָרוו

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Old November 10th, 2011, 01:56 AM   #2
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Albanian : Autoudhë in Kosovo and Autostradë in Albania....
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:05 AM   #3
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In Frisian I normally say "Grutte dyk". Not sure if it's the official stander tough.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:05 AM   #4
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In Frisian I normally say "Grutte dyk". Not sure if it's the official stander tough.
dyke?!?!
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:30 AM   #5
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Estonian: Kiirtee

"Maantee" is a name for a regular rural road.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:52 AM   #6
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dyke?!?!
You're too childish!
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Old November 10th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #7
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The Dutch word is actually quite different from other languages.

In most languages "motorway" is translated as a form of "auto road". However, in Dutch in literally means "auto fast way". The Dutch term "autoweg" (expressway) is more in par with what other countries use to say motorway.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #8
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In bulgarian Автомагистрала (Avtomagistrala) isn't a translation of "Auto Road", It comes from the latin "magistralis" - which means "main", "major", "general" road
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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The Dutch word is actually quite different from other languages.

In most languages "motorway" is translated as a form of "auto road". However, in Dutch in literally means "auto fast way". The Dutch term "autoweg" (expressway) is more in par with what other countries use to say motorway.
And in speech everyone I know calls them just "Snelweg".
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Old November 10th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #10
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in english we also use the terms freeway, expressway, parkway and tollway.

In Australia we are starting to use the terms ~link (eg. Eastlink, Westlink) and in Adelaide there is a freeway being built but it's called a 'superway'.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #11
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Yes, but this thread is Europe-only. ;-)
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #12
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I think I got what Motorway is called in most European languages here. Here is even a lot of very small languages: This is 63 languages. I hope you enjoy it.

Aragonese: Autopista
Wow. Wikipedia, I supose. I used the list of other languages some time ago to seek what languages had articles about a town in Catalonia and about a genetic disease, and I was surprised that Aragonese has the first one.
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I consider it unfair if this thread is limited only to Europe.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #14
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Yep. How about 高速公路?

BTW, now I have found from where comes the Spanish word autovía (expressway): directly from latin. Is another word for our motorways, although it also includes some substandard ones.
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I consider it unfair if this thread is limited only to Europe.
european languages are spoken in all continents, but it would be interesting to know what the jews, arabs, japanese and chinese say.

Icelandic: hraðbraut, what's the origin of that word ?
Jiddisch : Autostrad (?)

Georgian: ავტოსტრადა
Greek: Αυτοκινητόδρομος
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do native americans like the cherokees also have their own word for motorway ?

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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:20 PM   #16
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I've read they use the word "autobahn" in Iceland. They don't have any real motorways though.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #17
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Greek: Αυτοκινητόδρομος
any transliterations
"Autokinitódromos" is the transliteration for the Greek word.
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In Latvian: Automaģistrāle
"Autoceļš" is a name for a road.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:50 PM   #19
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"Autokinitódromos" is the transliteration for the Greek word.
That is actually the closest translation to Dutch "autosnelweg". Kineto = speed, dromos = road.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #20
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Not too much, as αυτοκίνητο/aftokínito is the word for car (something which moves by its own means).

It seems that the word is more closely to autoweg, although this denotes an non-motorway expressway.
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