Where Are You From In Japanese: 11 Phrases You Need

Where are you from in Japanese?

How do you ask and answer this question?

Here’s how. There are multiple ways to ask this question. In this guide, you’ll learn 11+ phrases total. You learn 5 ways to ask and 6 ways to answer this question. Sound good?

Good. Keep reading.

It’ll take a minute or two.

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Phrase #1

  • Where are you from?
  • 出身はどこですか
  • Shusshin wa doko desu ka.
  • Literal translation: Where is your origin?
where are you from in japanese

Let’s break down this question

  • Shusshin – Origin
  • Wa – topic marker (can be translated as “is” here)
  • Doko – where
  • Ka – question marker

So, “shusshin” means “place you are from” or “origin” in terms of your country or city. But when translated to English, instead of saying “Where is your origin,” this phrase is translated to “Where are you from?”

Now, there’s a more polite way to ask Where are you from in Japanese.

Chances are, you’ll hear this.

Phrase #2

  • ご出身はどちらですか
  • go-Shusshin wa doko desu ka.
  • Literal translation: Where is your origin?

Yes, all we did here is add “go” to shusshin.” Adding this “go” makes nouns super polite. Don’t worry about learning this just yet.

Phrase #3

  • Where did you come from?
  • どこから来ましたか。
  • Doko kara kimashita ka?
where are you from in japanese

Let’s break this question down. 

  • Doko – where
  • Kara – from
  • Kimashita (past tenses of the verb “Kuru” which means “to come”) – came
  • ka – question marker

Phrase #4

  • What country are you from?
  • どちらの国の方ですか。
  • Dochira no kuni no kata desu ka?
where are you from in japanese

Let’s break this all down.

  • Dochira – polite version of doko
  • kuni – country
  • kata – this has many definitions. Here, it’s the polite way of saying “person” 

“Kuni” means “country” and “dochira” is a polite form of “doko” or “where.” So, here, they’re just asking what country you’re from in a polite way.

There’s a more casual form of this.

Phrase #5

  • Which country are you from?
  • どこの国の人?
  • doko no kuni no hito?
where are you from in japanese

Let’s break down these words.

  • Doko – where
  • no – possessive particle
  • kuni – country
  • hito – person

Literally, they’re asking “what country person?” Remember, “hito” means person. 

Okay, you know how to ask Where are you from in Japanese.

Now, how do you answer this question?

Think about English. You can say “I’m from the US.” You can say “I’m American.” Or, “I came from Italy.” There are plenty of ways to answer, depending on your style.

So here are a bunch of ways to answer Where are you from in Japanese.

Answer #1

  • I am from (country)
  • (country) です。
  • (country) desu.
where are you from in japanese

 

Here, you’re just literally saying “America” or “Australia.” This is a quick and casual way to answer the question. So, you can say…

  • アメリカ です。
  • Amerika desu.
  • I’m from the U.S.
  • オーストラリアです。
  • Oosutoraria desu.
  • I’m from Australia

You can use this when someone asks you about your “shusshin”

By the way, below is a list of countries in Japanese to help you fill in the blank.

Japanese English Romanized
アメリカ United States Amerika
アルゼンチン Argentina Aruzenchin
オーストラリア Australia Oosutoraria
ブラジル Brazil Burajiru
ブルガリア Bulgaria Burugaria
カナダ Canada Kanada
中国 China Chuugoku
チェコ Czech Republic Cheko
デンマーク Denmark Denmaaku
オランダ The Netherlands Oranda
フィリピン Philippines Firipin
フィンランド Finland Finrando
フランス France Fransu
ドイツ Germany Doitsu
ギリシャ Greece Girisha
ハンガリー Hungary Hangarii
インド India Indo
インドネシア Indonesia Indoneshia
イタリア Italy Itaria
日本 Japan Nihon
韓国 Korea Kankoku
メキシコ Mexico Mekishiko
モロッコ Morocco Morokko
ノルウェー Norway Noruwee
パキスタン Pakistan Pakistan
パナマ Panama Panama
ポーランド Poland Poorando
ポルトガル Portugal Portugaru
ルーマニア Romania Ruumania
ロシア Russia Roshia
シンガポール. Singapore Shingapooru
スロバキア Slovakia Surobakia
南アフリカ South Africa Minami Afurika
スペイン Spain Supein
スウェーデン Sweden Sweeden
タイ Thailand Tai
トルコ Turkey Toruko
ウクライナ Ukraine Ukuraina
ベトナム Vietnam Betonamu

Or, you can use the next answer.

Answer #2

  • (country)しゅっしんです。
  • (country) shusshin desu.
  • Literally:  (country) origin
where are you from in japanese

So, yes, you can just say “Amerika shusshin desu.” This is a very casual answer. 

Another variation you can use is this one below.

A bit more polite since you’re speaking in fuller sentences.

Answer #3:

  • 私は(country) 出身です。
  • Watashi wa (country) shusshin desu.
  • I am from (country) .
where are you from in japanese

Here’s another slight variation. Don’t worry, not much difference in meaning.

Answer #4

  • 私の出身は(country)です。
  • Watashi no shusshin wa (country) desu.
  • My origin is (country).

Answer #5

  • I am (nationality).
  • (nationality人) です。
  • (nationality Jin) desu.
where are you from in japanese

Here, you’re literally saying “I’m American” or “I’m Australian.” 

In Japanese, nationalities and ethnicities usually end with the character “人”  which here is read as “jin.”

For example:

  • アメリカ – Amerikajin – American
  • 韓国– Kankokujin – Korean
  • スペイン – Supeinjin – Spanish (from Spain)
  • オーストラリア – Oosutorariajin– Australian

Here’s a full list of nationalities in Japanese.

Japanese English Romanized
アメリカ人 American Amerikajin
アルゼンチン人 Argentinian Aruzenchinjin
オーストラリア人 Australian Oosutorariajin
ブラジル人 Brazilian Burajirujin
ブルガリア人 Bulgarian Burugariajin
カナダ人 Canadian Kanadajin
中国人 Chinese Chuugokujin
チェコ人 Czech Chekojin
デンマーク人 Danish Denmaakujin
オランダ人 Dutch Orandajin
フィリピン人 Filipino Firipinjin
フィンランド人 Finnish Finrandojin
フランス人 French Fransujin
ドイツ人 German Doitsujin
ギリシャ人 Greek Girishajin
ハンガリー人 Hungarian Hangariijin
インド人 Indian Indojin
インドネシア人 Indonesian Indoneshiajin
イタリア人 Italian Itariajin
日本人 Japanese Nihonjin
韓国人 Korean Kankokujin
メキシコ人 Mexican Mekishikojin
モロッコ人 Moroccan Morokkojin
ノルウェー人 Norwegian Noruweejin
パキスタン人 Pakistani Pakistanjin
パナマ人 Panamanian Panamajin
ポーランド人 Polish Poorandojin
ポルトガル人 Portuguese Portugarujin
ルーマニア人 Romanian Ruumaniajin
ロシア人 Russian Roshiajin
シンガポール人. Singaporean Shingapoorujin
スロバキア人 Slovakian Surobakiajin
南アフリカ人 South African
Minami Afurikajin
スペイン人 Spanish (Spain) Supeinjin
スウェーデン人 Swedish Sweedenjin
タイ人 Thai Taijin
トルコ人 Turkish Torukojin
ウクライナ人 Ukrainian Ukurainajin
ベトナム人 Vietnamese Betonamujin

Answer #6

Or, you can also say… “I came from (country)” if they ask you “Doko kara kimashita ka?”

  • (country)から来ました。
  • (country) kara kimashita.
  • I’m from (country).
  • Literally: I came from (country).
where are you from in japanese

That’s it!

Now you know how to ask where are you from in Japanese.

You also know how to answer the question. You know nationalities and countries in Japanese.

So, if someone asks you, “Shusshin wa doko desu ka,” you will be able to give an answer.

And now, you know a whole lot more Japanese than before.

But, if you want to learn more Japanese, check out the links below.

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these explanations are very useful.