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Nationalities

Having looked at how certain countries have slightly different names in Spanish, it only makes sense to include the nationalities of these world neighbours too.

Again, your origin and your culture are bound to be one of the most recurring topics in your conversations with the Spanish. It is a good idea to be prepared for it with the right terms and words, or you'll end up sounding like the CIA's data code book.

In many cases, the same as in English, some of the nationalities in the Spanish vocabulary are also the names of those countries languages. Notice how it happens in Spanish too (German, French, English, etc).

Do you know what languages they speak in these countries? Which ones would you like to spend a summer camp in?

English WordSpanish WordPronunciation
Germanalemánalleh-mann
Argentineargentinoar-ghen-teenoh
Austrianaustríacoow-streeyackowe
Belgianbelgabell-gher
Brazilianbrasileñobrah-sill-eynyowe
Bulgarianbúlgarobull-ga-rowe
Britishbritánico / inglésbrih-tan-ickowe / een-gless
Canadiancanadiensekannah-dee-enseh
Cypriotchipriotacheep-ree-yowta
Danishdanésdah-ness
Scottishescocésesko-thess
Slovakianeslovaco / eslovacaess-loh-vackoh
Slovenianeslovenoess-loh-vehnoh
Spanishespañoless-panyoll
Frenchfrancésfran-thess
Welshgalésgah-less
Greekgriegogree-aygow
Hungarianhúngaroung-ah-rowe
Englishinglésin-glaze
Irishirlandéseer-lan-daze
Icelanderislandés / islandesaiss-lan-daze
Luxembourgianluxemburgésluck-sem-borgaze
Moroccanmarroquímah-roh-key
New Zealanderneozelandésneeyoh-thellan-daze
Dutchholandésoh-lan-daze
Polishpolacopoh-lackoh
Rumanianrumanoroo-manoh
American (norte) americano(nor-tay) ah-meh-ree-carnowe
South Africansudafricanosoo-daff-ree-carnowe
Swedishsueco / suecasweckowe
Swisssuizo / suizaswee-thowe

You may want to use these words in the following contexts:

¿De dónde eres tu? (de don-day eiriz too) Where are you (informal) from?
Soy... (soy...) I'm...

You can also reply Soy de...(country) y estoy aquí para aprender español en Barcelona I'm from...(country) and I'm here to learn Spanish in Barcelona.