Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 10
Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #10: Languages & People
Today's podcast will look at how to say nationalities and languages
In many cases to say the word for a country's language and people is simply to add 'go' and 'jin' respectively after the country's name.
Of course this doesn't always work since not every country is named after its language.
Let's look at the United States or America. In Japanese this is
Can you guess how to say an American person?
アメリカ人 amerika jin
But in America we don't speak American we speak English. I remember many years ago when teaching basic English to Japanese elementary school students, the children would often ask if I spoke amerikago. Well, I don't speak amerikago, I speak eigo.
The word for the English language is
Here is how you say England, the country:
And an English person is
イギリス人 igirisu jin
We will pick up on asking language related questions in the next podcast.
For more on this, please see our Flash Countries, Languages, and People page with sound.