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 shusshindesu 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 じこしょうかい (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.
|I am from ____.||私は___出身です||Watashi wa ___ shusshindesu|
|I come from ____.||私は上海から来ました||Watashi wa ___ kara kimashita|
|I am an _____.||私は 人です||Watashi wa ___ hito desu|
|I live in _____.||私は住んでいます||Watashi wa _____ ni sunde imasu|
|I speak _____.||私は話します||Watashi wa _____ o 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.
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.
|American||アメリカ 人||Amerika jin|
|Saudi Arabian||サウジアラビアじん||Sauji arabia jin|
|South African||南アフリカ人||Minamiafurika 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.
As we had fun learning about the nationalities, let us now also learn the country names according to the Japanese language.
|Belgium||ベルギー||Be ru gi|
|China||ち ゅ うごく||Chūgoku|
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.
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