Nationality vocabulary

Expand your vocabulary and practice
afghan
afghan
american
american
arab
arab
argentinian
argentinian
australian
australian
bhutan
bhutan
brazilian
brazilian
burman
burman
cambodian
cambodian
canadian
canadian
chilean
chilean
chinese
chinese
colombian
colombian
costa rican
costa rican
czech
czech
egyptian
egyptian
english
english
french
french
german
german
guatemalan
guatemalan
indian
indian
indonesian
indonesian
japanese
japanese
korean
korean
laos (laotian)
laos (laotian)
malaysian
malaysian
mexican
mexican
nepalese
nepalese
filipino
filipino
russian
russian
singaporean
singaporean
sri lankan
sri lankan
taiwanese
taiwanese
tajikistan
tajikistan
thai
thai
turkish
turkish
vietnamese
vietnamese

Nationality exercise (Multiple choice)

1.
australian

2.
costa rican

3.
czech

4.
cambodian

5.
guatemalan

Nationality exercise

1.
burman

2.
colombian

3.
indian

4.
egyptian

5.
canadian

6.
sri lankan

7.
malaysian

8.
russian

9.
laos (laotian)

10.
costa rican

11.
chinese

12.
tajikistan

Information or Use Cases (Usage examples)

Gina Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Our vocabulary section of this lesson is kind of different, as we’re going to be looking at nationalities in a little more detail.

Gabriella: That’s right. Changing the name of a country into the name of the person from that country can be a little tricky sometimes, so we should definitely devote some time to that.

Gina: It’s all about the last few letters, isn’t it?

Gabriella: It is. It’s not easy to know which letters to add though as it doesn’t follow neat little rules. You really need to learn the nationalities by heart.

Gina: Let’s have some examples.

Gabriella: A popular ending is I-A-N. This is used for nationalities such as Brazilian, Indonesian, and Egyptian.

Gina: There is also E-A-N, which you can see in Korean and Singaporean.

Gabriella: Another similar one is simply A-N in words such as German, Burman, Guatemalan, and Costa Rican.

Gina: Let’s try an ending that’s completely different to those.

Gabriella: Hmm, how about E-S-E?

Gina: As in Portuguese and Vietnamese? That works.

Gabriella: E-R is completely different too. You’ll hear that in New Zealander.

Gina: That’s a rare one, I think. As I-C.

Gabriella: Like Icelandic and Greenlandic.

Gina: One that we know a lot about is I-S-H

Gabriella: British, English, Turkish, Irish… yes, we know about that one in the Europe!

Gabriella: That’s it. And let’s end with C-H, as in French and Dutch.

Gina: That’s a lot of different ways of expressing nationality! There are nationaities that don’t have special ending like Srilanka, Laos, and Arab

Gabriella: It is a little confusing, yeah!

Gina: Let’s move onto the grammar.

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