Je viens de + [city] = I'm from + [city]

To talk about where you are from in French, you will use the verb venir (to come).

Look at these questions:

Informal/singular questions:

D'où viens-tu?
Where do you come from?

Tu viens d'où?
Where are you from?

Formal/plural questions:

D'où venez-vous ?
Where are you from?

Vous venez d'où ?
Where are you from?

Note that: 

D'où is the contraction of de + où (from + where)
- De becomes d' because it's followed by a vowel (où).


Now look at these answers:

Je viens de Londres.
I am from London.

Je viens de Paris.
I am from Paris.

Je viens de Hong Kong.
I am from Hong Kong.

To say which city you are from in French, you will use the following expression:

Je viens de + [city]


ATTENTION:

If the city name begins with a vowelde becomes  d' :

Je viens d'Édimbourg.
I am from Edinburgh.

Je m'appelle Caroline et je viens d'Avignon.
My name is Caroline and I am from Avignon.

Je viens d'Omaha.
I come from Omaha.


See more complex cases in Using 'à' (to/in) and 'de' (from/of) with cities (prepositions) 

See also the more advanced lesson on how to conjugate all six forms of venir in Le Présent:
Conjugate venir, tenir and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense) 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Je viens de Madrid.
I am from Madrid.


Je viens de Hong Kong.
I am from Hong Kong.


Je viens de Paris.
I am from Paris.


Je m'appelle Caroline et je viens d'Avignon.
My name is Caroline and I am from Avignon.


Vous venez d'où ?
Where are you from?


Je viens de Londres.
I am from London.


D'où venez-vous ?
Where are you from?


Je viens d'Édimbourg.
I am from Edinburgh.


Tu viens d'où?
Where are you from?


D'où viens-tu?
Where do you come from?


Je viens d'Omaha.
I come from Omaha.


Q&A

Dyuthi

Kwiziq community member

19 April 2019

0 replies

Je viens d’Inde!

Hana

Kwiziq community member

16 April 2019

2 replies

What do you say when you want to say I'm from (country)?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 April 2019

16/04/19

Hi Hana,

Take a look at the following lesson which will answer your question -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/say-where-you-come-from-with-venir-de-d-du-des-country-state-region

 

Bertinabongben

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2019

18/04/19

 Je m'apelle Marie et je viens de Cameroon

Hana

Kwiziq community member

16 April 2019

1 reply

Je m'apelle Hana et je vien de Nouvelle-Zélande!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 April 2019

16/04/19

Bonjour Hana, bienvenue sur Kwiziq!

Stephen

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2019

1 reply

Je veins de Crickhowell, en Pays de Galle.

Stephen

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2019

11/04/19

Pardon! Au Pays de Galles.

Eugene

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2019

1 reply

Je viens d'Arménie

Vivian

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2019

10/04/19

je viens de Nigerian

Pat

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2019

5 replies

Je m’appelle Pat et je viens d’Australie. D’où venez-vous ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

7 April 2019

7/04/19

Moi, je viens de Versailles en France, mais j'habite Warwick dans le Warwickshire....

Rukudzotanyanyiwa

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2019

7/04/19

Je mapelle Valerie et je vien à Zimbabwe

Abdullahi

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2019

8/04/19

je viens de Port harcourt

Cyril

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2019

9/04/19

Quelle Ville dans Zimbabwe?

Vivian

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2019

10/04/19

je m' appelle Vivian et je viens Nigerian

Kayla

Kwiziq community member

3 April 2019

1 reply

Je m'appelle Kayla et je viens d'Etats Unis

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 April 2019

4/04/19

Bienvenue Kayla!

Mel

Kwiziq community member

29 March 2019

1 reply

Je m’appelle Mel je viens d’istanbul

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

31 March 2019

31/03/19

Très intéressant Mel ....

Shahd

Kwiziq community member

18 March 2019

2 replies

Je m appelle Shahd , Je viens de Caire

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

18 March 2019

18/03/19

Hi Shahd, 

Just a small correction -

'Je viens du Caire' as it is,  Le Caire and 

de + le = du 

Hope this helps!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 March 2019

19/03/19

Bonjour Shahd !

Just to complete Cécile's answer, here's a link to our related lesson:

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-a-to-in-and-de-from-of-with-cities-prepositions

Bonne journée !

Young Cue

Kwiziq community member

11 March 2019

1 reply

Je viens de Seul.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 March 2019

13/03/19

Hi Young Cue, 

Do you mean Séoul?

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