"I am British."


June 16, 2017



Can i put 'watashi'?

June 16, 2017


Yes. わたしはイギリス人です

You would say this if you're talking with other people about their nationalities, to make clear you're talking about yourself now.

If you're just introducing yourself, you could just say


because it's clear from context that you mean yourself

June 16, 2017


Watashi is usually written like 私, am I right? Is it common to write it like わたし?

July 15, 2017


I think the kanji is more common since they're meant to shorten the hiragana when writing Japanese.

July 20, 2017


Yes, 私 appears more often than the hiragana :)

June 1, 2018


Yes but watashi Can also be written like 渡 i think

September 10, 2019


If you are talking about yourself you can always add "watashi" and then the appropriate particle to the beginning of the sentence, but if it is not necessary it will make you come across as robotic or stiff.

February 8, 2018


Same question. Is putting Watashi really wrong?

August 28, 2017


It isn't wrong but you have to write "wa" next to it. There wasn't a wa in the word boxes.

October 18, 2017


If you want to put わたし,you also need to put は backwards ,'cause は(wa) is an auxiliary word, But there is no は.

November 4, 2017


What? I even more confused now

July 29, 2018


They really need to fix the 人 audio error. It doesn't trip me up too much when I'm in practice, but it's annoying, and downright bad for people seeing it for the first time and those who are coming back to Japanese after a while.

January 31, 2019


Thank you, yes! After a while I started to think it was "hito" not 'jin."

May 28, 2019


What does 人 represen?

November 9, 2017


It is the Kanji for "Jin" meaning person. "I am a British person"

December 22, 2017


So can you say it without 人 also?

May 4, 2019


You can, but "イギリスです" means "It's Britain" (though I have been told when I sing karaoke people feel transported) and "イギリスのです" could be "It's/I'm Britain's" or "of Britain" with only "イギリスからです" or "イギリス出身です" meaning "It's/I'm (originally) from Britain" being really applicable in this case unless maybe you're famous (but maybe that's old-fashioned?) or representing Britain (イギリス代表) or something . . .

May 6, 2019


though I have been told when I sing karaoke people feel transported

Feel transported? Feel like they're being transported to Britain? Feel like they're in Britain?

June 8, 2019


私はイギリス人です (I am British.) 私はイギリスの出身です (I am from the UK.) So That means I am British. When you see (Jin) it means to be (something). And when you see the other one it means To be from somewhere. I hope this helped. Keep learning!

September 10, 2019


Why does the male speaker pronounce 人 as "Hito" and the female pronounces it as "Jin"?

April 20, 2019


The kanji to イギリス is 英国

November 27, 2018


Well, its not quite true.The Kanji reads Eigo which means English but igirisu is a word which is of foreign origin (which explains why it is written in Katakana) so there can only be a kanji to igirisu if a Japanese word with the same meaning existed.Fro example the kanji for Kekonshiki (marriage) can also be read as mareji- as in the english katakan version. Hope this helps ;P

February 26, 2019

  • PS it is Kekkonshiki.
February 26, 2019


Actually the ateji (phonetic kanji for foreign words, in this case peculiar to Japanese as it was invented by the Japanese press, and usually used only till the war) for イギリス is 英吉利, and 英国 surely comes from that.

February 27, 2019


When selected sometimes 人 is pronounced 'jin' and other times 'hito'. Any insight as to why?

January 22, 2019


What does "jin" mean and when is it used?

January 5, 2018


人 means "person" and can be used when describing a type of person (example: 白人 - white/Caucasian person) or their nationality. But it also comes up in words like "villager" (村人), "population" (人口), and others. 人also has multiple pronunciations (in different situations and kanji combinations).

Jisho.org has some good examples of the different ways it can be used, as well as the various ways to pronounce it: https://jisho.org/search/%23kanji%20%E4%BA%BA

June 1, 2018


Tangorin.com is also a great resource for looking up words in Japanese. I use both tangorin and jisho regularly. (jisho means dictionary in Japanese).

August 24, 2019


So far I have only seen it used at the end of a country's name, (e.g. America,) and it means person, so it would be American person, or American, so this sentence, "I am British," has jin at the end of Britain to signify you mean "I am British."

April 22, 2018


The kanji jin means people or person

May 3, 2018


イギリス sounds derived from "English", but they're using it here to mean the UK in general. What if you wanted to specify that you were Scottish, Welsh, or English, not "British"?

July 26, 2018


I am English / Scottish / Welsh are, respectively:




August 16, 2018


北(きた)アイルランド人です for Northern Irish I guess?

August 25, 2018


Yes. 北アイルランド人 = a Northern Irish person.

August 25, 2018


イングランド人 English (person).

August 11, 2018


People often seem to use イギリス to mean England, and terms like 英国 to refer to either as well. It's all mixed up. If you want to be specific I'd try (グレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド/イギリス)連合王国 . . .

January 31, 2019


Actually Igirisu sound is derived from a Polish word Ingeles which means British..Just remember the fact that Polish people came to JP before the others and thus igirisu came to be used to mention the British..

hope this helps ;P

February 26, 2019


Portuguese, not Polish, surely? In 1543? In which case it would be "Inglez".

April 21, 2019


What does 人 mean?

June 19, 2018



In this specific example, it is read じん and it combines with the name of a country to form the demonym of the country (eg American, British, Chinese, Japanese, etc.). For example:

イギリス = Britain -> イギリス人 = British

アメリカ = America -> アメリカ人 = American

日本 = Japan -> 日本人 = Japanese

That same kanji has other readings and usages, as well. If it is by itself in a sentence and not combining with any other kanji, it is usually read ひと and means just the noun "person." If it is at the end of a number, it is read either り or にん and serves as the counter word for counting people (eg ひとり = 一人 = 1 person, さんにん = 三人 = 3 people, etc.)

July 7, 2018


Can some explain why the the upside down V thing is there, what does it mean?

July 21, 2018


See the answer given by RVJioWts to NickolasRi4's question (above).

August 16, 2018


This means 'I am English', not 'I am British'. They are not the same thing.

August 8, 2018


Well, no, it doesn't really mean "I am English". Despite its being true that:

1) people outside Britain are notoriously prone to failing to make the distinction between the UK, Great Britain, and England; and

2) the Japanese word イギリス (Igirisu) does derive, historically, from the Portuguese word for "English"

イギリス nevertheless refers to the whole of the UK -- so that an イギリス人 is someone from the UK, not just from England.

The Japanese word for England is イングランド (Igurando), which means that someone specifically from England is an イングランド人 (Igurandoji).

August 16, 2018


On the other hand, "British" doesn't precisely mean "from the UK" either, but the distinction is a bit tricky.

April 21, 2019


What's the difference between "egirisu jin desu" and "egirisu shyushindesu"? I apologize for my own transcription in romaji but I havent a keyboard for hiragana atm

December 18, 2018


イギリス人です -- igirisu jin desu -- means "I'm a British person".

イギリス出身です -- igirisu shusshin desu -- means "I'm from / a native of / was born in Britain".

December 19, 2018


So if you moved to the UK and became a citizen, does that mean you would be イギリス人, but not イギリスしゅっしん?

April 21, 2019


Naturalized people in Japan become 日本人. 出身(しゅっしん)depends more on context, but probably. Some 日本人 are foreign-born and educated, so naturalization is only a distraction here.

April 22, 2019


How would one pronounce this?

February 13, 2019


Depending on the context could this mean something like they are british?

April 29, 2019

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    the speaker pronounces the "jin" kanji as hito. Is it incorrect to pronounce it as "jin" in this case? I am confused because in other sentences with a similar topic the "jin" kanji is actually pronounced as "jin"

    May 17, 2019


    I was rushing through this and pressed "submit" or whatever the button on the bottom is before i finished selecting words. It marked it as correct even thought it was missing the last two symbols (hiragana?). Why is it correct without the verb?

    May 31, 2019


    What if I'm with a group of friends, can I add "ore wa"?

    June 1, 2019


    why is it that sometimes '人' is pronounced "jing" but other times it's pronounced "hitoh". It also seems like it's only the male narrator who pronounces it "hitoh"

    June 14, 2019


    Chinese writing system was borrowed by Japanese along with Chinese pronunciation (or its approximation). But they decided to link kanji to Japanese words as well. As a result, each kanji generally has Chinese (on'yomi), and Japanese (kun'yomi) pronunciations. E.g.

    Kun: ひと (hito)、 -り、 -と

    On: ジン (jin)、 ニン (nin)


    More on it here: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/onyomi-kunyomi/

    June 14, 2019


    interesting, thanks

    June 14, 2019


    Why is the character for "jin" sometimes pronounced "jin" and sometimes pronounced "hito"?

    June 25, 2019


    See my other answers.

    June 26, 2019


    Kanji characters are different from hiragana and katakana, since kanji doesn't have just one way to read/say it. Hiragana and katakana are phonetic, so each character has one pronunciation. A kanji character has a specific meaning, but the pronunciation changes depending on context.

    For example, 人 means person. It can be pronounced ひと, じん, or にん, or something else depending on context. In おんなの人 (female person), it is pronounced ひと. In イギリス人 (English/British person), it is pronounced じん. In 三人 (three people), it is pronounced にん. The characters 一人 (alone/one person), however, are pronounced ひとり, breaking the traditional pronunciation.

    Knowing how to pronounce the kanji just comes with practice and learning vocabulary. Eventually you will be able to form an educated guess at how it is pronounced, matching the kanji meanings with the vocab you know.

    August 26, 2019
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