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I am Yota Suzuki
Watashi wa Suzuki Yota desu.

It is standard for Japanese to use their family name first followed by their given name. The sentence pattern is "Noun wa noun desu" which translates as "Noun is Noun". The wa is a particle indicating a subject or a topic, while desu is an equivalent to "am", "are", and "is".

Watashi wa Sumisu desu.
(I am Mr. Smith.)

Watashi wa Tanaka desu.
(I am Mr. Tanaka.)
Are you an American?
Anata wa Amerika-jin desu ka.

The word ka is a particle which makes a sentence a question.

Anata wa Nihon-jin desu ka.
(Are you Japanese?)

Anata wa Suzuki-san desu ka.
(Are you Mr. Suzuki?)
Is your friend also a high school student?
Otomo-dachi mo kookoo-sei desu ka.

The word mo is a particle and means "also".

Sumisu-san mo Amerika-jin desu ka.
(Is Mr. Smith also an American?)

Watashi mo daigaku-sei desu.
(I am also a college student.)
I am Japanese.
Nihon-jin desu.

The word Nihon-jin is a compound of the two words, Nihon and jin. Nihon means "Japan" and jin means "person". The word jin is added to the end of a country's name to signify a person of that country.
Mr. Gardiner is English. [Igirisu=England]
Gaadana-san wa Igirisu-jin desu.

The word Nihon-jin is a compound of the two words, Nihon and jin. Nihon means "Japan" and jin means "person". The word jin is added to the end of a country's name to signify a person of that country.

Gaadana-san wa Igirisu-jin desu.
(Mr. Gardiner is English. [Igirisu=England])

Rozenbawa-san wa Doitsu-jin desu.
(Mr. Rosenbauer is German.[Doitsu=Germany])
I am a high school student.
Watashi wa kookoo-sei desu.

The word kookoo-sei is a compound of the two words, kookoo and -sei. Kookoo is a shortened form of the word kootoogakkoo which means "high school" and -sei is an ending which means "student".

Waatamanu-san wa daigakuin-sei desu.
(Mr. Waterman is a graduate student.[daigakuin=graduate school])

Rassoru-san wa daigaku-sei desu.
(Mr. Russell is a college student.)