Random Person: “Where are you from?”

Me: “New Zealand.”

RP: “Sorry, where?”

Me: “New Zealand.”

RP: “Ah, the Netherlands.”

Me: “Nooooo, New. Zealand.”

This is one of many variations of conversations I’ve had way too many times while travelling. To alleviate the language (yay kiwi slang) and accent barrier, I’ve started to learn how to say New Zealand in the native language of the country I’m in. And those who you say it to will appreciate your tiny bit of effort.

The following is how to New Zealand is pronounced in 58 of the world’s top 100 most spoken languages (source). I’d love to get this list to 100. At the bottom of the page is a list of the 42 languages I haven’t worked out yet. If you know any, email jub@tikitouringkiwi.com. You’re awesome.

1 Mandarin Xīnxīlán China, Taiwan, Singapore
2 Spanish Nueva Zelanda Hispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Pacific islands
3 English New Zealand Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines
4 Hindi nyoojeelaind India, Fiji, Nepal
5 Arabic nywzilanda North Africa, Western Asia (Middle East), East Africa
6 Portuguese Nova Zelândia Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste
8 Russian Novaya Zelandiya Russia, former Republics of the Soviet Union, Mongolia
9 Japanese Nyūjīrando Japan
10 Punjabi Ni’ūzīlaiṇḍa Punjab region (India, Pakistan)
11 German Neuseeland Austria, Belgium (Eupen-Malmedy), Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Tirol (in Italy)
12 Javanese Selandia Anyar Java (Indonesia)
13 Xhosa Nyu Zilend South Africa
14 Malay New Zealand Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore
15 Korean nyujillaendeu North Korea, South Korea
16 Telugu N’yūjilāṇḍ Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry (India)
17 Vietnamese quần đảo Tân tây lan Vietnam
18 French Nouvelle-Zélande Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
19 Marathi N’yujhīlam̐ḍa Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat (India)
20 Tamil Niyūcilāntu Tamil Nadu, Karnataka (India), Puducherry (India), Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius
21 Belarusian Novaja Zielandyja Belarus
22 Swedish Nya Zeeland Sweden and Finland
23 Turkish Yeni Zelanda Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria
24 Shona Nyuzirendi Zimbabwe
25 Italian Nuova Zelanda Italy, Switzerland, San Marino
26 Thai Niwsīlænd̒ Thailand
27 Gujarati N’yūjhīlēnḍa Gujarat (India)
28 Basque Zelanda Berrial Northern Spain
29 Hmong New Zealand Laos and neighbouring areas
30 Polish Nowa Zelandia Poland, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, western Ukraine, Lithuania
31 Kannada N’yūjilyāṇḍ Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)
32 Malayalam n’yūsilānṟ Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mahé (India)
33 Sundanese Selandia Baru Java (Indonesia)
34 Hausa New Zealand Nigeria
35 Burmese nayuujelaan Burma
36 Armenian Nor Zelandia Armenia Georgi and Russia
37 Ukrainian Nova Zelandiya Ukraine
38 Yoruba Ilu Niu silandii Nigeria, Benin and Togo
39 Swahili New Zealand Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
40 Uzbek Yangi Zelandiya Uzbekistan
41 Amharic nīwizīlanidi Ethiopia
42 Igbo New Zealand Nigeria
43 Romanian Noua Zeelanda Romania, Moldova
44 Azerbaijani Yeni Zelandiya Azerbaijan and Northern Iran
45 Cebuano New Zealand Central and Southern Philippines
46 Dutch Nieuw Zeeland Belgium (Flanders, Brussels), Netherlands and Suriname
47 Kurdish Zelanda Nû “Kurdistan”, northern Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria
48 Serbo-Croatian Novi Zeland Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro
49 Nepali N’yujilyāṇḍa Nepal and neighbouring areas, Sikkim, (India)
50 Khmer nou ve l se lng Cambodia
51 Somali New Zealand Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Yemen
52 Hungarian New Zealand Hungary and areas in neighbouring countries
53 Greek Néa Zilandía Greece, Cyprus
54 Kazakh Jaña Zelandïya Kazakhstan
55 Zulu E-New Zealand South Africa
56 Czech Nový Zéland Czech Republic
57 Haitian Creole Nouvèl Zelann Haiti
58 Afrikaans Nieu-Seeland South Africa

Bengali, Wu (Shanghainese), Urdu, Persian/Farsi, Cantonese, Minnan hua, Pashto, Chamorro, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Tagalog, Maithili, Sindhi, Fula, Oromo, Manipuri/Meitei, Chichewa, Malagasy, Saraiki, Santali, Sinhalese, Bambara, Assamese, Madurese, Magahi, Dogri, Marwari, Chewa, Kinyarwanda, Akan/Twi, Khasi, Tswana, Hebrew, Kinyarwanda, Kokani, Ilokano, Quechua, Kirundi, Hiligaynon, Uyghur, Balochi, Mossi, Konkani, and Persian/Farsi.


I’ve travelled a fair bit, but looking at this list…well, I’ve hardly travelled. I haven’t heard of a lot of these languages! I’ll forever be from New Zealand!