English Course for Beginners - CEFR A1 - Lesson 18 of 25

Languages and Nationalities

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

Conversation 1

Man: What languages do you speak?
Woman: I speak English and I study Spanish.
Man: That's cool. Do you have friends from Spain?
Woman: No, but I like Mexican TV shows.
Man: Me too. I love movies in Spanish.
Woman: Yeah. Spanish is so cool!

Conversation 2

Man: Do you like Japanese food?
Woman: Yes, I love Japanese food. I lived in Japan before.
Man: Oh, do you speak Japanese?
Woman: Some. I have Japanese friends. I practice with them.
Man: Do they speak English?
Woman: Yes, they speak English very well.

Conversation 3

Man: What foods do you like?
Woman: I like French food and Thai food.
Man: Me too. I also love Chinese food.
Woman: Do you like Korean food?
Man: Yes, and I also love K-Pop.
Woman: What is K-POP?
Man: K-POP is Korean pop music.

Conversation 4

Man: Do you like football?
Woman: Yes, I love football. I watch German football, Italian football, Spanish football.
Man: Me too, I want to go to England to watch my team.
Woman: What is your team?
Man: Chelsea. They play in the English Premiere League.
Woman: Oh! My favorite team in AC Milan. They play in Italy.

Languages and Nationalities

Point 1: The names of countrieslanguages, and people from a country begin with a capital letter.

  1. I am from Germany.
  2. He can speak French.
  3. I love Thai food.

Point 2: The adjective form of a country can be used to describe peoplelanguages, and items.

  1. People speak Spanish in Spain.
  2. She is Italian but does not speak Italian.
  3. We bought a Japanese car in Japan.


Point 3: There are some patterns in English for nationalities but there are many exceptions. It is best to just remember them case-by-case.

Country Nationality

  1. Japan Japanese
  2. China Chinese
  3. Sweden Swedish
  4. Germany German
  5. Italy Italian
  6. France French
  7. Spain Spanish
  8. Mexico Mexican
  9. Canada Canadian
  10. Thailand Thai
  11. Korea Korean
  12. Greece Greek
  13. Poland Polish
  14. Portugal Portuguese
  15. Turkey Turkish
  16. Finland Finnish
  17. Colombia Colombian
  18. Brazil Brazilian
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!


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