What is the proper way to address letters to a country whose populace speeks a different language from yours? For example, would I send a letter to “München, Deutschland”; or to “Munich, Germany”?
I’m asking because the wife of a co-worker, who is from Mexico, addressed a letter to Nueva Mexico instead of New Mexico. The letter was returned a few weeks later because the USPS tried to send it to the city of Nueva in the country of Mexico. This same co-worker was stopped by someone on the street and was asked for directions to “Statta Co-yeh-hay”. It took him a minute to figure out that the guy was looking for State College Blvd. (Not that it would make a difference as an address printed on an envelope.) And I’ve seen Spanish-launguage news boradcasts where they refer to “Neuva York, Nueva York”.
What if you’re sending a letter to someone in a country that uses a different alphabet, like Russia? If you use the Roman alphabet, would you write “Moscow”; or “Moskva”? Or are you expected to write the address in Cyrillic characters?