Where Are You From In Japanese: 11 Phrases You Need

Where are you from in Japanese?

Do you know how to ask and answer this?

You should! You’ll need it for simple Japanese conversations.

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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#1 出身はどこですか

  • 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.

2. ご出身はどちらですか

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

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.

3. どこから来ましたか。

  • 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

4. どちらの国の方ですか。

  • 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.

5. どこの国の人?

  • Which country are you from?
  • Literally: Of what/where country’s person?
  • 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. Plus, knowing how to say this is will also help you learn how to introduce yourself in Japanese 

6. (country) です。

  • 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.

JapaneseEnglishRomanized
アメリカUnited StatesAmerika
アルゼンチンArgentinaAruzenchin
オーストラリアAustraliaOosutoraria
ブラジルBrazilBurajiru
ブルガリアBulgariaBurugaria
カナダCanadaKanada
中国ChinaChuugoku
チェコCzech RepublicCheko
デンマークDenmarkDenmaaku
オランダThe NetherlandsOranda
フィリピンPhilippinesFiripin
イギリスEnglandIgirisu
フィンランドFinlandFinrando
フランスFranceFransu
ドイツGermanyDoitsu
ギリシャGreeceGirisha
ハンガリーHungaryHangarii
インドIndiaIndo
インドネシアIndonesiaIndoneshia
イタリアItalyItaria
日本JapanNihon
韓国KoreaKankoku
メキシコMexicoMekishiko
モロッコMoroccoMorokko
ノルウェーNorwayNoruwee
パキスタンPakistanPakistan
パナマPanamaPanama
ポーランドPolandPoorando
ポルトガルPortugalPortugaru
ルーマニアRomaniaRuumania
ロシアRussiaRoshia
シンガポール.SingaporeShingapooru
スロバキアSlovakiaSurobakia
南アフリカSouth AfricaMinami Afurika
スペインSpainSupein
スウェーデンSwedenSweeden
タイThailandTai
トルコTurkeyToruko
ウクライナUkraineUkuraina
ベトナムVietnamBetonamu

Or, you can use the next answer.

7. (country)しゅっしんです。

  • Literally:  (country) origin
  • (country)しゅっしんです。
  • (country) shusshin desu.
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.

8. 私は(country) 出身です。

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

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

9. My origin is (country).

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

10. (nationality人) です。

  • 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.

JapaneseEnglishRomanized
アメリカ人AmericanAmerikajin
アルゼンチン人ArgentinianAruzenchinjin
オーストラリア人AustralianOosutorariajin
ブラジル人BrazilianBurajirujin
ブルガリア人BulgarianBurugariajin
カナダ人CanadianKanadajin
中国人ChineseChuugokujin
チェコ人CzechChekojin
デンマーク人DanishDenmaakujin
オランダ人DutchOrandajin
フィリピン人FilipinoFiripinjin
フィンランド人FinnishFinrandojin
フランス人FrenchFransujin
ドイツ人GermanDoitsujin
ギリシャ人GreekGirishajin
ハンガリー人HungarianHangariijin
インド人IndianIndojin
インドネシア人IndonesianIndoneshiajin
イタリア人ItalianItariajin
日本人JapaneseNihonjin
韓国人KoreanKankokujin
メキシコ人MexicanMekishikojin
モロッコ人MoroccanMorokkojin
ノルウェー人NorwegianNoruweejin
パキスタン人PakistaniPakistanjin
パナマ人PanamanianPanamajin
ポーランド人PolishPoorandojin
ポルトガル人PortuguesePortugarujin
ルーマニア人RomanianRuumaniajin
ロシア人RussianRoshiajin
シンガポール人.SingaporeanShingapoorujin
スロバキア人SlovakianSurobakiajin
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SwedishSweedenjin
タイ人ThaiTaijin
トルコ人TurkishTorukojin
ウクライナ人UkrainianUkurainajin
ベトナム人VietnameseBetonamujin

11. (country)から来ました。

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

 

Conclusion – Back to You

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.

– Written by the Main Junkie

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8 thoughts on “Where Are You From In Japanese: 11 Phrases You Need

    1. You know, I can see that you’re the same person posting multiple spam comments from the same IP address, same location

    1. English = Igirisu jin – イギリス人
      England = Igirisu – イギリス

      私は(イギリス) 出身です。
      Watashi wa (イギリス) shusshin desu.

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