Countries and Nationalities in Spanish: Spanish Lesson 2

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This is the second lesson in our beginner level Spanish course and we will look at Countries and Nationalities in Spanish.

In this Spanish Lesson 2 we will learn all about discussing where you are from in Spanish. We will see how to ask someone where they are from, how to state where you are from and your nationality and some useful vocabulary related to countries and nationalities in Spanish.

Firstly, let’s look at how to ask someone where you are from in Spanish:

¿De dónde eres?: Where are you from?
¿Cual es tu nacionalidad?: What is your nationality?

To respond to this question you can use a word that we saw in the previous lesson:

Soy…: I am…

This would be used to describe your nationality, for example:

(You will see that some nationalities have two options. The first option is for a man and the second option is for a woman)

Soy ingles/inglesa: I am English
Soy español/española: I am Spanish
Soy japonés/japonesa: I am Japanese
Soy estadounidense: I am US American
Soy australiano/australiana: I am Australian
Soy chino/china: I am Chinese
Soy indio/india: I am Indian

Countries and Nationalities in Spanish

Rather than stating your nationality you may want to say from which country you are from. To do this you can use:

Soy de…: I am from…

Here are some examples:

Soy de Inglaterra: I am from England
Soy de España: I am from Spain
Soy de Japón: I am from Japan
Soy de Los Estados Unidos: I am from the US
Soy de Australia: I am from Australia
Soy de China: I am from China
Soy de India: I am from India

You will notice that we use capital letters for countries in Spanish, but we don’t use capital letters for nationalities in Spanish.

If you wanted to find out more detail about where someone is from you can ask:

¿De qué parte (de Inglaterra)?: From what part (of England)?

And they might answer:

Soy de Manchester: I am from Manchester

That is all for this lesson about Countries and Nationalities in Spanish. In our next Spanish lesson we will look at numbers in Spanish 1-100 and the pronunciation of the Spanish vowels (A, E, O, U, I). Please also make sure you check out the previous lesson in this course to learn all about meeting and greeting in Spanish. This beginner Spanish course will be available free here on the blog and will provide you with all of the information you need to learn Spanish from beginner to advanced level even if you don’t live in a Spanish-speaking country.

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