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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
Another important topic you should know before we go any further is the way to express nationality. In English, we use suffixes like -ish, -ese, -an and sometimes it's completely irregular (Holland<->Dutch?) In Japanese, you simply add the suffix -jin to the name of a country:

Amerika + jin = Amerikajin American person
Nihon + jin = Nihonjin Japanese person

these words are always nouns (in English they're sometimes used as adjectives), and they only apply to people(not cars, etc.)

Supeinjin desu ka. (Are you Spanish?)
Iie, Itariajin desu. (No, I'm Italian.)

Countries

Of course you'll need to know some country names before you can talk about nationality. Here's a list of countries you're more likely to hear about (or talk about). It'd be a good idea to learn as many of these as possible. All of these country names can convert into nationality by adding the suffix -jin.

amerika - America
chuugoku - China
doitsu - Germany
furansu - France
itaria - Italy
igirisu - England/Great Britain
kankoku - Korea
nihon - Japan
suisu - Switzerland
supein - Spain
roshia - Russia
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mimiluv13 wrote:

Another important topic you should know before we go any further is the way to express nationality. In English, we use suffixes like -ish, -ese, -an and sometimes it's completely irregular (Holland<->Dutch?) In Japanese, you simply add the suffix -jin to the name of a country:

Amerika + jin = Amerikajin American person
Nihon + jin = Nihonjin Japanese person

these words are always nouns (in English they're sometimes used as adjectives), and they only apply to people(not cars, etc.)

Supeinjin desu ka. (Are you Spanish?)
Iie, Itariajin desu. (No, I'm Italian.)

Countries

Of course you'll need to know some country names before you can talk about nationality. Here's a list of countries you're more likely to hear about (or talk about). It'd be a good idea to learn as many of these as possible. All of these country names can convert into nationality by adding the suffix -jin.

amerika - America
chuugoku - China
doitsu - Germany
furansu - France
itaria - Italy
igirisu - England/Great Britain
kankoku - Korea
nihon - Japan
suisu - Switzerland
supein - Spain
roshia - Russia


i got one. my nationality is not up here. but how do you say Haiti, jamaica, or better yet caribbean
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22 / F / In an Igloo
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Posted 6/1/08
what about canada
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22 / F / Indonesia
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Posted 6/3/08
How about Indonesia and Taiwan????
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Posted 6/3/08
chuugokujin desu!
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21 / F / in my own world ne
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Posted 6/4/08
eh... wad about singaporean?
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28 / F / Soul Society
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Posted 8/13/08
when you say 'Amerikajin desu' it means 'I am American'.
But of you say 'Amkerika kara desu' it mean 'I am from America'. So that means you can be French but be born in America.
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Posted 5/12/09
how about vietnam?
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Posted 5/14/09
how about filipino?
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