An Easy Guide To 30+ Nationalities In Japanese

September 13, 2021

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.

English JapanesePronunciation Guide
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.

 

Nationalities In Japanese

Nationalities In Japanese

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 LanguageJapaneseRomaji
Americanアメリカ 人Amerika jin
AustralianオーストラリアじんOosutoraria jin
Belgianベルギー人Berugī jin
BrazilianブラジルじんBurajiru jin
BritishイギリスじんIgirisu jin
BulgarianブルガリアじんBurugaria jin
CanadianカナダじんKanada jin
ChineseちゅうごくじんChuugoku jin
Cubanキューバ人 Kyūbajin
Danishデンマーク人Denmāku jin
DutchオランダじんOranda jin
Ecuadorianエクアドル人Ekuadoru jin
EgyptianエジプトじんEjiputo jin
FilipinoフィリピンじんFiripin jin
Finnishフィンランド人Finrandojin
FrenchフランスじんFuransu jin
GermanドイツじんDoitsu jin
GreekギリシャじんGirisha jin
HungarianハンガリーじんHangarii jin
Indian インドじんIndo jin
IndonesianインドネシアじんIndoneshia jin
IraqiイラクじんIraku jin
IrishアイルランドじんAirurando jin
IsraeliイスラエルじんIsuraeru jin
ItalianイタリアじんItalia jin
JapaneseにほんじんNihon jin
Kenyanケニア人Keniajin      
KoreanかんこくじんKankoku jin
Libyanリビア人Ribiajin      
MalaysianマレーシアじんMareeshia jin
MexicanメキシコじんMekishiko jin
MyanmareseミャンマーじんMyanmaa jin
Nigerianナイジェリア人 Naijeriajin
Norwegian ノルウェー人Norwē jin
Pakistaniパキスタン人Pakisutan jin
Perusianペルー人 Perujin       
PolishポーランドじんPoorando jin
Portugueseポルトガル人Porutogaru-jin
RomanianルーマニアじんRuumania jin
RussianロシアじんRoshia jin
Saudi ArabianサウジアラビアじんSauji arabia jin
Singaporeanシンガポール人Shingapōru jin
South African南アフリカ人Minamiafurika jin
SpanishスペインじんSupein jin
SwedishスェーデンじんSueeden jin
SwissスイスじんSuisu jin
TaiwaneseたいわんじんTaiwan jin
ThaiタイじんTai jin
TurkishトルコじんToruko jin
Vietnameseベトナムじん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

Country Names In The Japanese Language

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

English JapaneseRomaji
AmericaアメリカAmerika
AustraliaオーストラリアOsutoraria
BelgiumベルギーBe ru gi
BrazilブラジルBurajiru
BulgariaブルガリアBurugaria
CanadaカナダKanada
Chinaち ゅ うごくChūgoku
CubaキューバKyūba
DenmarkデンマークDenmarku
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Hungary
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に ほんNihon
KenyaケニアKenia
Korea韓国Kankoku
LibyaリビアRibia
MalaysiaマレーシアMareishia
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Noruwei
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Suweiden
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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