Hi all! I have a problem with the meaning of イギリス人 (I’ve just failed to master it and it hurt). I know the meaning is “British person”, but it’s so obvious that sometimes I answer too fast before I remember the specific set of words that WaniKani asks. Is it correct to add these two words as synonyms?
Why is that American and Frenchman are accepted answers but British and British man are not? I’m not a native speaker so maybe these options sound weird, or not.
You can add anything as long as you got the concept of the word right in your head. Some answers are overly long or have complicated words in them, as a non-native it is also difficult to get them right while in the zone and typing fast. So I mark them correct or add synonyms.
Yeah, it’s true we are learning Japanese here and not English.
Not gonna lie WK helped me learn a lot of new English words
There’s even a thread about it: What's the last English word you learned thanks to WK
That’s also true! I often have to google new words! Even to the point of wondering if I should make some Anki deck of English vocab.
Words like Frenchman are older and come from a time when women had a lesser role in society. Britain is a relatively new term and tends to use the gender-neutral descriptor “British person”. British or British man is probably fine because you clearly understand the core concept.
oh, I see! That makes sense…
I think adding the synonym is fine if you know the core concept (as long as you’re not in danger of confusing 人 and 男! ).
The name Britain/Britannia dates from the Roman era (probably earlier) and the modern version has been around since at least the 1300s so it’s really not new.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain and https://www.etymonline.com/word/Britain
The equivalent of Frenchman is probably Englishman (or Scotsman or Welshman).
Right! Now that I added the synonyms, probably I won’t use them anymore
It’s true that 人 means person, though. I should pay attention to that.
Briton is also used. Or Brit (but this is already an accepted answer).
I should add these now (joking)
I didn’t know Briton was used nowadays
I would say yes to Britisher, but Britannic does not refer to the people (unless you add Britannic person, instead )
I see, I wasn’t aware of that. My understanding is that Britain wasn’t used for nationality until recently, but maybe I am wrong?
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