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 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.


Je viens de Madrid.
I am from Madrid.


Q&A

Susan

Kwiziq community member

11 February 2019

2 replies

venez-vous de Londres?

Susan

Kwiziq community member

11 February 2019

11/02/19

no je vien pas de Londres.  Je vien de Philadelphia

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

15/02/19

Hi Susan, your reply is almost correct. You only forgot "ne" and the "s" in the end of "viens" to mark it as first person singular:

Non, je ne viens pas de Londre. Je viens de Philadelphia.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

11 February 2019

1 reply

tu viens d'oú

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

12 February 2019

12/02/19

Mistake, Susan????

Jho

Kwiziq community member

9 February 2019

1 reply

Je viens de Philippines

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

9 February 2019

9/02/19

Hi Jho,

 It would be -

des Philippines....

Haloui

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2019

2 replies

How to say im from algeria like this: je viens d'algerie ????

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2019

26/01/19

Yes Haloui ,  ‘Je viens d’ Algérie’ is correct 

Haloui

Kwiziq community member

26 January 2019

26/01/19

Merci 

Atul

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2019

2 replies

pourquoi il n'est pas: Je viens d'Hong Kong?

Je viens d'Omaha.

mais

Je viens de Hong Kong.

pourquoi il n'est pas

Je viens d'Hong Kong?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 January 2019

20/01/19

Hi Atul,

  • You do not say,

d’Hong Kong 

because it has what is called in French a H aspirate which means you indicate its presence by not doing what you have been taught to do when there’s a clash of vowel and consonant, called an elision...

You have to say 

de Hong Kong, de Hollande ....

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

Atul

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2019

21/01/19

Oui, merci beaucoup Cécile!

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2019

1 reply

Je viens de Winnipeg.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 January 2019

29/01/19

Hi Kevin. 

Yes that is correct for I come from Winnipeg...

Yolanda

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2019

1 reply

what about i saying i came from somewhere..example i came from town......

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 January 2019

5/01/19

HI Yolanda,

You would say -

Je viens de la ville, 

Je viens du centre ville

The context would make meaning clear.

Hope this helps!

Jonathan

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2018

1 reply

What about saying you come from a country? does the same rules apply? IE "Je viens de France"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

22 December 2018

22/12/18

Yes.

Laura

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2018

1 reply

je viens d'ottawa :)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2018

19/12/18

Salutations à Ottawa :)

Sami

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2018

2 replies

Corrigez-moi . S'il vous plaît

J'habite à Alexandrie en Egypte.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

14/12/18

Correct.

Sami

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

14/12/18

Obrigado pela resposta Prof. Bom dia.
Getting that for you now.