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Learn how to talk about your nationality in Portuguese!

August 21, 2018

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In this episode, we’ll study names of nationalities in Portuguese.

The most common way to ask someone's nationality is:

De onde você é? (Where are you from?)

You can answer this question in two ways:

Eu sou do Brasil (I'm from Brazil).
Eu sou brasileira (I'm Brazilian).

The names of nationalities vary in gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural).

Let's take a look at some examples:

Eu sou brasileira (I'm Brazilian).
Ele é brasileiro (He is Brazilian).
Elas são brasileiras (They [fem.] are Brazilian).
Eles são brasileiros (They [masc.] are Brazilian).

As a rule, nationalities ending in a are feminine and those ending in o are masculine, but there are some variations. For example, many nationalities end with the letter s in the masculine form and sa in the feminine form.

For example:
Ela é francesa (She is French).
Ele é francês (He is French).
Elas são francesas (They [fem.] are French).
Eles são franceses (They [masc.] are French).

Usually, to form the plural of nouns, we simply add the letter s to the end. But when the noun ends in s, as the word francês (French), we add the letters es: franceses.

Let's take a look at other examples of nationalities:
Americana /Americano (American)
Mexicana / Mexicano (Mexican)
Inglesa / Inglês (English)
Japonesa / Japonês (Japanese)

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