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The list of country names and regions is found at the bottom of this page.

Mandarin names for regions and countries are very different from their English counterparts. Once you have learned the country names, however, the names for nationalities always follow the same pattern.

Nationalities

Nationalities are formed by adding rén (person) to the country name:

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American
měi guó rén
美國人

Canadian
jiā ná dà rén
加拿大人

Japanese
rì běn rén
日本人

Dialogue - What Nationality Are You?

Refer to the list of countries in the table below, and practice the dialogue by substituting other nationalities.

A: ►Nǐ shì nǎ guo rén?
B: ►Wǒ shì Fà Guó rén.
A : ►Tā yě shì Fà Guó rén ma?
B : ►Bú shì. Tā shì Jiā Ná Dà rén.

A: What’s your nationality?
B: I’m French.
A: Is she also French?
B: No, she’s Canadian.

A: 你是哪國人?
B: 我是法國人.
A : 她也是法國人嗎?
B: 不是. 她是加拿大人.

For more country names see:

English Pinyin Traditional Characters Simplified Characters
Pacific Rim tài píng yáng zhōu biān 太平洋週邊 太平洋周边
American Samoa měizhōu sàmóyà 美洲薩摩亞 美洲萨摩亚
Australia àozhōu 澳洲 澳洲
French Polynesia fǎ shǔ bōlìníxīyà 法屬波利尼西亞 法属波利尼西亚
Fiji fěijǐ 斐濟 斐济
Micronesia mì kèluóxīyà dǎo 密克羅西亞島 密克罗西亚岛
New Caledonia xīn kǎlǐduōníyà 新卡裡多尼亞 新卡里多尼亚
New Zealand xīn xī lán 新西蘭 新西兰
Papua New Guinea bā bù yà xīn jǐn èi yà 巴布亞新幾內亞 巴布亚新几内亚
Western Samoa xī sàmóyà 西薩摩亞 西萨摩亚
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