Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 9
Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #9: Countries
Today's podcast will look at how to say nationalities and languages
In many cases, if you know the country name, you can easily come up with the language by adding 'go' and the people by adding 'jin.'
Here is how you say Japan the country.
And the Japanese language
Notice we simply added 語 go to 日本 nihon
To say a Japanese person, take nihon and add 人 jin
Adding go and jin is very handy as it works with any country or language. Let's practice.
The word for China is
Can you guess how to say a Chinese person? Hint add jin
And how do you say the chinese language? Hint add go
See how easy this is? Let's try Korea. Korea in Japanese is
How do you say a Korean person?
And the Korean language?
One more. The word for France is
How would you say the French language?
and the French people?
As a rule just remember to add 'go' for the language and 'jin' for the people. This doesn't always work since not every country is named after its language. We will look at this in the next podcast.
For more on this, please see our Flash Countries, Languages, and People page with sound.