(#10) Nationality / 国籍

In this post, I am going to introduce how to say American, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Filipino, Russian, Thai and Vietnamese in Chinese. The selection is totally random, let me know if you want me to translate other nationalities.

美国 mei3 guo2 America
美国人 mei3 guo2 ren2 American

The word 人 ren2 is the basic character for human, people, person in Chinese. But usually it is paired or matched with other characters to form words. It is seldom used on its own.

So ‘America’ is 美国 mei3 guo2 and to say ‘American’, you just need to add a 人 ren2 to the end of ‘America’ to form 美国人 mei3 guo2 ren2

It is so simple that I’m not going to explain further. The following is a list of countries and nationalities.

America 美国 mei3 guo2 > 美国人 mei3 guo2 ren2
England 英国 ying1 guo2 > > 英国人 ying1 guo2 ren2
France 法国 fa3 guo2 > 法国人fa3 guo2 ren2
German 德国 de2 guo2 > 德国人 de2 guo2 ren2
Japan 日本 ri4 ben3 > 日本人 ri4 ben3 ren2
Korea 韩国 han2 guo2 > 韩国人 han2 guo2 ren2
Norway 挪威 nuo2 wei1 > 挪威人nuo2 wei1 ren2
Philippines 菲律宾 fei1 lv4 bin1 > 菲律宾人 fei1 lv4 bin1 ren2
Russian 俄罗斯 er2 luo2 si1 > 俄罗斯人 er2 luo2 si1 ren2
Thailand 泰国 tai4 guo2 > 泰国人 tai4 guo2 ren2
Vietnam 越南 yue4 nan1 > 越南人 yue4 nan2 ren2

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