An Easy Guide To 30+ Nationalities In Japanese

Wondering what にほんじん (Nihon-jin) or にっぽん (Nippon) means? In this exclusive guide, we will walk you through the specific words used to describe country names and nationalities in Japanese so that you can start talking about where you are from and your ethnicity with the Japanese people. Fortunately, learning the translations is much easier than you can expect, as most of the words you’ll see in our complete list will remind you of the original word where it was drawn from! So, if you are up to flex your brain muscles, then start reading below.

Whether you are meeting a Japanese person face to face or online, one of the questions that you should prepare to answer is あなたはどこの出身ですか? (Anata wa doko no shusshin desu ka?) or simply “where are you from” in English. As we have shared in our previous guide, this topic is an important point to discuss, especially when you are doing your 自己紹介 (Jikoushoukai) in front of everyone since it is only natural for the locals to wonder what part of the world you are from. For them, knowing this can help them think of conversation starters with you or try to impress you by learning some words or expressions used in your mother tongue.

To help you get started, let’s first identify some of the common ways by which you can use any of the words we will learn today.

English  Japanese Pronunciation Guide
I am from ____. 私は___出身です Watashi wa ___ shusshin desu
I come from ____. 私は___から来ました Watashi wa ___ kara kimashita
I am an _____. 私は ___人です Watashi wa ___ jin desu
I live in _____. 私は___ に住んでいます Watashi wa _____ ni sunde imasu
I speak _____. 私は___語を話します Watashi wa _____go wo hanashimasu

Now that we have an idea where to insert the country name and your nationality based on the example Japanese sentences on the table above, let us now focus on the commonly used translations in the next lesson below.


Nationalities In Japanese

japanese language nationalities of the world

Contrary to common belief, every language has some sort of unique name for every other nationality across the globe. If you are in search of the exact Japanese word for yours, then please review the table below.

English Language Japanese Romaji
American アメリカ 人 Amerika jin
Australian オーストラリア人 Oosutoraria jin
Belgian ベルギー人 Berugī jin
Brazilian ブラジル人 Burajiru jin
British イギリス人 Igirisu jin
Bulgarian ブルガリア人 Burugaria jin
Canadian カナダ人 Kanada jin
Chinese 中国人 Chuugoku jin
Cuban キューバ人  Kyūba jin
Danish デンマーク人 Denmāku jin
Dutch オランダ人 Oranda jin
Ecuadorian エクアドル人 Ekuadoru jin
Egyptian エジプト人 Ejiputo jin
Filipino フィリピン人 Firipin jin
Finnish フィンランド人 Finrando jin
French フランス人 Furansu jin
German ドイツ人 Doitsu jin
Greek ギリシャ人 Girisha jin
Hungarian ハンガリーじん Hangarii jin
Indian  インド人 Indo jin
Indonesian インドネシア人 Indoneshia jin
Iraqi イラク人 Iraku jin
Irish アイルランド人 Airurando jin
Israeli イスラエル人 Isuraeru jin
Italian イタリア人 Italia jin
Japanese 日本人 Nihon jin
Kenyan ケニア人 Kenia jin      
Korean 韓国人 Kankoku jin
Libyan リビア人 Ribia jin      
Malaysian マレーシア人 Mare-shia jin
Mexican メキシコ人 Mekishiko jin
Myanmarese ミャンマー人 Myanma- jin
Nigerian ナイジェリア人  Naijeria jin
Norwegian  ノルウェー人 Norwē jin
Pakistani パキスタン人 Pakisutan jin
Perusian ペルー人  Peru- jin       
Polish ポーランド人 Po-rando jin
Portuguese ポルトガル人 Porutogaru jin
Romanian ルーマニア人 Ru-mania jin
Russian ロシア人 Roshia jin
Saudi Arabian サウジアラビア人 Saujiarabia jin
Singaporean シンガポール人 Shingapōru jin
South African 南アフリカ人 Minamiafurika jin
Spanish スペイン人 Supein jin
Swedish スェーデン人 Sue-den jin
Swiss スイス人 Suisu jin
Taiwanese 台湾人 Taiwan jin
Thai タイ人 Tai jin
Turkish トルコ人 Toruko jin
Vietnamese ベトナム人 Betonamu jin

Now that we have expanded your vocabulary in terms of the most common translation of nationalities in the Japanese language, it would also be wise to try out any of these words using the examples we gave you on the first table of this post. We hope that you will gain the confidence to apply in real conversations. After all, we gave your translations and the pronunciation guide in the form of romaji.


Country Names In The Japanese Language

flags of the world

As we had fun learning about the nationalities, let us now also learn the country names according to the Japanese language.

English  Japanese Romaji
America アメリカ Amerika
Australia オーストラリア O-sutoraria
Belgium ベルギー Berugi-
Brazil ブラジル Burajiru
Bulgaria ブルガリア Burugaria
Canada カナダ Kanada
China 中国 Chūgoku
Cuba キューバ Kyūba
Denmark デンマーク Denma-ku
Ecuador エクアドル Ekuadoru
Egypt エジプト Ejiputo
England イングランド Ingurando
Philippines フィリピン Firipin
Finland フィンランド Finrando
France フランス Furansu
Germany ドイツ Doitsu
Greece ギリシャ Girisha
Hungary ハンガリー Hungari-
India インド Indo
Indonesia インドネシア Indoneshia
Iran イラン Iran
Iraq イラク Iraku
Ireland アイルランド Airurando
Israel イスラエル Isuraeru
Italy イタリア Itaria
Japan 日本 Nihon
Kenya ケニア Kenia
Korea 韓国 Kankoku
Libya リビア Ribia
Malaysia マレーシア Mare-shia
Mexico メキシコ Mekishiko
Myanmar ミャンマー Myanmā
Nigeria ナイジェリア Naijeria
Norway ノルウェー Noruwe-
Pakistan パキスタン Pakisutan
Peru ペルー Perū
Poland ポーランド Pōrando
Portugal ポルトガル Porutogaru
Romania ルーマニア Rūmania
Russia ロシア Roshia
Saudi Arabia サウジアラビア Saujiarabia
Singapore シンガポール Shingapōru
South Africa 南アフリカ Minamiafurika
Spain スペイン Supein
Sweden スウェーデン Suwe-den
Switzerland スイス Suisu
Taiwan 台湾 Taiwan
Thailand タイ Tai
Turkey トルコ Toruko
Vietnam ベトナム Betonamu

As we have reached this part of the post, we firmly believe that you can now easily use these Japanese words to express better who you are and where you are from. However, suppose you enjoyed this post and would like to learn Japanese words and phrases. In that case, we highly recommend that you check out our previous lesson guides like the parts of a traditional Japanese home, how to conduct your first jikoshoukai, and the basic Japanese greetings.

On the other hand, if you are genuinely enthusiastic about getting to know more about Japan, including its culture and language, we have a FREE language learning resource that will definitely benefit you. Continue reading to find out what it is.


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