Nationality

Nationality

In this lesson, you will learn how to both ask people where they are from and answer them when they ask you the same question. First, it must be said that, no matter how good you can speak Arabic, most natives will know that it’s not your first language. As a result, one of the first things you’ll be asked is where you’re from and what is your nationality? In other words, when you meet a new person in an Arab country, they might ask you, “Min ʾayna ʾanta?” (which is the same as the English “Where are you from?”).

Nevertheless, how you answer is up to you. For example, you can simply answer them by saying what country you’re from:  “ana min engiltira” / “I’m from England”. “ana inglizi” / “I’m English”.

Today, you’ll be learning the second way of talking about where you’re from by using nationalities in Arabic. Nevertheless, there is no need to worry as many of these words are very close to their English versions.

However, before we begin there are a few things to keep in mind. First, by now you should be familiar with the feminine and masculine versions of words. Secondly, you should know how you ask, or are asked, as it’s not the same for both men and women. That is to say, if you are a man, you will be asked, “Min ʾayna ʾanta?” and if you’re a woman you will be asked “Min ʾayna ʾanti?”

Likewise, it’s the same when you answer about your nationality. For instance, females must add  –yyah at the end of the nationality. For example, if you are an American woman, you will say “’anā ʾamrīkīyyah” and a German woman would say “ʾanā barāzīlīyyah”.

أَنا

 

/ʼanaa/

 

Means

 

I/ I am

 

 

 


 

أَنْتَ

 

 

/ʼanta/

 

 

Means

 

 

You/ You are (Masculine)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

أَنْتِ

 

 

/ʼanti/

 

 

Means

 

 

You/ You are (Feminine)

 

 

 

 


 

هُوَ

 

/huwa/

 

 

Means

 

 

He/ He is

 

 

 

 


 

هِيَ

 

/hiya/

 

 

Means

 

 

She/ She is

 

 

 

 


 

وَ

 

/wa/

 

 

Means

 

 

And

 

 

 

 


 

الأُرْدُن

 

/alʼurdun/

 

 

Means

 

 

Jordan

 

 

 


 

أَمْريكا

 

/ʼamreekaa/

 

 

Means

 

 

America

 

 

 

 


 

كُورْيا

 

/kooryaa/

 

 

Means

 

 

Korea

 

 

 


 

بِريطانيا

 

/biriTaanyaa/

 

 

Means

 

 

United Kingdom (Britain)

 

 

 


 

إِسْبانيا

 

/ʼisbaanyaa/

 

 

Means

 

Spain

 

 

 


 

الصِّين

 

/aSSeen/

 

 

Means

 

China

 

 

 


 

مِنْ

 

/min/

 

 

Means

 

From

 

 

 

 


 

 

Adding  ي

 

to the nation will turn the meaning into male citizen

 

بِريطانــــي

 

/biriTaanee/

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Adding  ـة

 

to the nation will turn the meaning into female citizen

 

بِريطانِيَّـــة

 

/biriTaanee/

 

 

 

 


لَيْسَ

 

/laysa/

 

Means

 

Not

For masculine nouns and adjectives

 

 

 

 

 


لَيْسَــت

 

/laysat/

 

Means

 

Not

For feminine nouns and adjectives

 

 

 

 

 


 

لَسْتُ

 

/lastu/

 

Means

 

I am not

 

 

 


 

مِنْ أَيْنَ أَنْتَ؟

 

/min ʼayna ʼanta/

 

Means

 

Where are you from?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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