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The Suffix –stan Means Land


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • suffix: an ending that adds meaning and form to words
  • Persian: of Iranian descent
  • settlement: a place where people stay and live
  • pure: not tainted, not mixed with anything

The Suffix –stan Means Land

Have you ever why so many countries have the same suffix? Many countries in end with the suffix -stan. The suffix -stan comes from a Persian word, meaning land of or settlement. Pakistan (Land of the pure), Afghanistan (Land of the Afghans), and Kazakhstan (Land of the ) are just a few countries in Asia that use this suffix. In fact, many countries have been named in a similar way, including Ireland, England, , Poland, and Finland. Don’t stop there. There’s also , New Zealand, and Swaziland. Let’s not forgot Switzerland and the Netherlands!

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the suffix -stan mean?
  2. What does Pakistan mean?
  3. According to this report, why is England like Kazakhstan?

Discussion Question: Do you know the origin of your country’s name? Do a little research and share it with your friends or classmates.

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