‘Lighthouse’ in Your Language

With the help of Google Translate we have the English word lighthouse translated into 56 different languages.
The name Pharos, from the most famous lighthouse in history, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, built on the island of Pharos in Hellenistic Egypt, is still used as the noun for lighthouse in some languages, for example: Albanian, Catalan, and Romanian (far), French (phare), Italian, Galician, and Spanish (faro), Armenian (“Փարօս/Paros”), Portuguese (farol), Bulgarian (фар), and Greek (φάρος). The term pharology (study of lighthouses) also derives from the island’s name.
And coming from the Latin pharus we have far, faro, farol, phare and pharos.
Notice the similarity in some of the languages – Afrikaans and Dutch; Albanian and Romanian; Galician, Italian and Spanish; Norwegian and Swedish; Russian, Ukranian and Belarusian.
The etymology of words is fascinating.
If you see any mistakes, or wish to add some more, please contact me.
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Afrikaans – Vuurtoring
Albanian – far
Arabic – منارة
Armenian – փարոս
Azerbaijani – lighthouse
Basque – itsasargi
Belarusian – маяк
Bengali – বাতিঘর
Bulgarian – фар
Catalan – far
Chinese (simplified) – 灯塔
Chinese (traditional) – 燈塔
Croatian – svjetionik
Czek – maják
Danish – Lighthouse
Dutch – vuurtoren
English – lighthouse
Estonian – tuletorn
Filipino – parola
Finnish – majakka
French – phare
Galician – faro
Georgian – შუქურა
German – Leuchtturm (light tower)
Greek – φάρος (pharos)
Gujarati – લાઇટહાઉસ
Haitian creole – fa
Hebrew – מגדלור
Hindi – प्रकाशस्तंभ
Hungarian – világítótorony
Icelandic – vitinn
Indonesian – mercu suar
Irish – Teach Solais
Italian – faro
Japanese – 灯台
Kannada – ಲೈಟ್ ಹೌಸ್
Korean – 등대
Latin – PHARUS
Latvian – bāka
Lithuanian – švyturys
Macedonian – светилникот
Malay – rumah api
Maltese – fanal
Norwegian – fyr
Persian – فانوس دریایی
Polish – latarnia morska
Portuguese – farol
Romanian – far
Russian – маяк
Serbian – светионик
Slovak – maják
Slovenian – svetilnik
Spanish – faro
Swahili – Mnara wa taa
Swedish – fyr
Tamil – கலங்கரை விளக்கம்
Telugu – లైట్ హౌస్
Thai – ประภาคาร
Turkish – deniz feneri
Ukranian – маяк
Urdu – مینارہ
Vietnamese – ngọn hải đăng
Welsh – goleudy
Yiddish – לייַכטטורעם
. . . and on the whimsical side we have:
Scrabble – Scrabble_2
American Sign Language (ASL) – 1926679_258306431009796_885848422_n

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