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Saying Where You’re From in Spanish

Saying Where You’re From in Spanish

In addition to the web version, you can download the lesson as a PDF, found at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to listen and practice with the audio throughout the lesson.​

Lesson 4: Saying Where You're From

There’s only a few variations to asking where someone is from.
Here we’ll go through the most common.

Translations for conversations can be found at the end.

¿De dónde eres?

Soy de Canadá.

Alternative response:

¿De dónde eres?

Soy canadiense.
¿Y tú? ¿De dónde eres?

Soy de Argentina.

Ah, ¡Qué interesante!

There’s two responses to the same question

    1. Nick says he’s from Canada. This sounds like a perfect response to, “Where are you from?”.
    2. Nick says he’s Canadian. This may sound like a funny response to, “Where are you from?”. However, this is also an appropriate response in Spanish.

Also note that Nick’s nationality, Canadian, does not get capitalized in Spanish. Countries get capitalized, while nationalities do not.

  • Canada and Canadian
  • Canadá y canadiense
saying where you're from in Spanish

If you find yourself talking with an older person or someone of authority, you may also hear a more formal version.

If that’s the case, then the only two things that change here are the verb and the subject pronoun.

¿De dónde eres?

Soy canadiense.
¿Y ? ¿De dónde eres?

Now change the verb eres to es and pronoun to usted :

¿De dónde es?

Soy canadiense.
¿Y usted? ¿De dónde es?

But don’t get bogged down with technical jargon.

Instead, practice listening and repeating the phrases you hear in the audios. We’ll go through subject pronouns in Lesson 14 and verbs in Lesson 16.

In the next lesson we’ll take a look at some survival Spanish—all the basics you’ll need to get by in any Spanish-speaking city.

Translations

Where are you from?
¿De dónde eres?

I’m from Canada.
Soy de Canada.

Alternative response:

Where are you from?
¿De dónde eres?

I’m from Canada.
Soy de Canada.

I’m from Argentina.
Soy de Argentina

Ah, how interesting!
Ah, ¡Qué interesante!

Change verb and pronoun:

Where are you from?
¿De dónde es?

I’m from Canada. And you? Where are you from?
Soy canadiense. ¿Y usted? ¿De dónde es?

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