Nationality for beginners

On this page, you learn all the grammatical details of how to talk about one's nationality and different ways to talk about nationality.

Talking about "Nationality" in English

What is Nationality?

Nationality is the country that a person belongs to or feels like they are a part of. It can be based on things like where they were born, their family background, or their cultural heritage.

How To Ask about Nationality

You can ask about people’s nationality by saying: where are you from?

Where are you from?

Where is she from?

Answering Questions about Nationality

We can answer questions about nationality in three ways:

Where are you from?

I’m from Germany.

(I + be verbs + from + the name of the country)

I’m German.

(I + be verbs + nationality.)

I am a German

We can use the article 'a' before the nationality.


Pay attention to the name of the countries and the corresponding nationalities.
German (the nationality) → Germany (the country)

Countries and Nationalities

Here is a list of different countries and their nationalities. Take a look at the examples:

Countries Nationalities
America American
Sweden Swedish
Italy Italian
Japan Japanese
Korea Korean
England English


Always write the first letter of nationalities with a capital letter.


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