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What are the words for east, north, south and west in your language?
If you list all four directions, which order do you use? In English it is usually: north, south, east, west.
If you talk about a direction in the middle, which order do you combine the words (or is it a different word)? In English: northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest.
North- 北South- 南East- 东West- 西
北方 南方 东方 西方
In Finnish we have:
länsi (west) in that order.
For the directions in between, it's:
lounas (southwest, also means lunch but that's not really relevant)
Północ (North), Południe (East), Wschód (South), Zachód (West)
północny wschód, północny zachód, południowy wschód, południowy zachód.
We rarely use it in conversations. We always say it in English.
In Uruguay we use this order:
(may be it´s like the sign of the cross...)
In Turkish:North - KuzeySouth - GüneyEast - Doğu West - Batı Northeast - KuzeydoğuNorthwest - KuzeybatıSoutheast - GüneydoğuSouthwest - Güneybatı
in arabic: شمال (North)جنوب (South)شرق (East)غرب (West)