Thursday, 8 September 2011

What Is Your Nationality?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about nationalities.






SCENARIO


Imagine you are exchanging personal details. You come to the point of dealing with nationalities. The other person decides to ask what nationality you are and says: what is your nationality?

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cuál es tu nacionalidad?

On the other hand, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cuál es su nacionalidad?



OUR TIP

You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer.

We have seen in another post that often your answer depends on whether you are a MALE or a FEMALE.

However, there is a type of answer which does not depend on whether you are a male or a female.

Some examples of answers of this type are:
  • Soy de nacionalidad inglesa (I am of English nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad estadounidense (I am of US nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad canadiense (I am of Canadian nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad escocesa (I am of Scottish nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad irlandesa (I am of Irish nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad galesa (I am of Welsh nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad italiana (I am of Italian nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad filipina (I am of Philippine nationality)
  • Soy de nacionalidad vietnamita (I am of Vietnamite nationality)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cuál es tu nacionalidad?


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