petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Fatherlands, Motherlands, Homelands.

I have been translating a narrative by an author who keeps referring to his 'fatherland', which made reflect on how alien this sounds to an English ear. 'Motherland' would seem a bit less so perhaps, but nobody ever uses that expression here either; we would say 'homeland'. How about comparable expressions in other languages? And is the choice of expression revealing in any way?
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