How to ask "Where are you from?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #2

Welcome to the second post in the "20 Questions to Basic Fluency" series.  If you missed the first question, take some time to go back and answer it or add some new information for all the beginners out there.  All levels are welcome to reply.  Here is today's question:

  Q: 你是哪国人?      Nǐ shì nǎ guórén?
     Where are you from?
A: 我是美国人。你呢?
     Wǒ shì měiguó rén. Nǐ ne?
     I'm American. And you?

If you are not sure how to say what country you are from in Chinese, check out this list


There are other ways to ask "Where are your from?" in Chinese depending on what information you are looking for.  You may want to ask about what city, what state or what region a person is from.  Or you may want to ask about where a person lives instead of asking where the person comes from.   If you know how to ask these more specific questions about a person's origin or living arrangements, we would love to see them in the reply.  


Ok, it's your turn to take a shot at it!  Write your answer as best you can in Chinese or Pinyin.  We look forward to reading where you are from!


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Comment by Ethan Nelson on February 21, 2013 at 3:34am






我不是美国人, 我新西兰人


Comment by Thomas George on January 27, 2013 at 5:18am

wo shi yinduo ren... :) 

Comment by Ruaridh Maxwell/麥儒叡 on June 15, 2012 at 9:15am


Comment by Erin on June 15, 2012 at 4:59am

我是英国人 :)

Comment by Melina Abarca on May 19, 2012 at 8:40am
我 是 哥斯达黎加人。 :)
Comment by DK 大牛 on January 9, 2012 at 3:35am


Nǐ shì nǎlǐ rén?

Where are you from? (inside a country)

I usually ask this question after someone asks me which country I'm from and I answer. For example, "我是美国人,你是哪里人?"

Wǒ shì měiguó rén, nǐ shì nǎlǐ rén?

I'm American, where are you from?

Usually, they say "China!" But sometimes they'll respond with the actual city they're from..

But how to say, "Which city are you from?", that's above my pay grade.

Comment by Shu on December 22, 2011 at 1:31am

Hi Enric,

The sentences look fine. I only have one little change

I would change the ma to ne for it is an open ended question.

Ne5 is added to the end of sentence as question particle to form open-ended questions.

For example
. Xia3 jie3, ni3 yao4 chi1 shen2 me5 ne5?
   小姐, 你要吃什么呢?
Lady, What you want to eat? (There are many answers for this question, so, we used ne5 呢, instead of ma5 吗.)

If you want to know more about the different between ne , ma and ba, see the grammar post that I made for my students.

Comment by Enric Pineda on December 21, 2011 at 10:07pm

This is my contribution:



Maybe there are more, but I think it's enough for a first post...

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