In Part II, we are going to continue to talk about the names of some major countries, the main languages they speak, and the adjectives used to describe somebody from that country. Usually, the noun for the language spoken is the same as the adjective for somebody who resides there. For instance, in France, the French speak French. But there are also exceptions: In the United States, most Americans speak English. Note too that in English, unlike many other languages, even the adjectives are usually written with a capital letter.
Let's start off with two countries whose nationalities end with -ian or -ean:
Off the coast of Queensland, Australia, it is one of the richest ecosystems on the planet.Play Caption
One third of mammal species lost in the world are Australian.
Captions 56-57, BBC Planet Wild: Alien AnimalsPlay Caption
And what about North Korea?Play Caption
I know a little Korean. Let's try it.
Caption 10, Hemispheres: The Amazing Cell PhonePlay Caption
And next some countries whose nationalities end with -ese:
You do know that in China it's not going to be a problem.Play Caption
There's a large Chinese population in London.
Caption 8, London: Multicultural BritainPlay Caption
You came with a friend from Portugal to the United States?
Caption 13, Groucho Marx: You Bet Your LifePlay Caption
While speakers of Spanish and Portuguese can often understand each other.
Caption 55, TED-Ed: How languages evolvePlay Caption
The Netherlands presents a special case:
He has been told he has a long lost cousin in the Netherlands.
Caption 7, Naish Kiteboarding TV The Real StigPlay Caption
The Dutch came sharing coleslaw and cookies.
Caption 8, The History of English: American EnglishPlay Caption
So while the Netherlands (usually with the definite article "the") is the proper name of the country, it is still often called Holland—although strictly speaking, Holland is only a region of the Netherlands. There is also the term "Netherlandish," but this does not usually refer to the language. It's an art history term used to refer to the northern part of the Low Countries in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Go to Yabla English and find more videos that use some of the following country names, dominant languages, and nationalities. You can also see a more complete list of countries, their people, and their languages here.
Country Language Nationality
Australia English Australian
Brazil Portuguese Brazilian
Chile Spanish Chilean
China Chinese Chinese
Egypt Arabic Egyptian
Hungary Hungarian Hungarian
Italy Italian Italian
Japan Japanese Japanese
Korea Korean Korean
(the) Netherlands Dutch Dutch
Portugal Portuguese Portuguese
Russia Russian Russian
United States English American
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