Saturday, 26 November 2011

Where Are You From?

SCENARIO
Imagine you are exchanging personal details with someone. The other person may already know you, but does not know where you come from. In order to find out, he/ she decides to ask you: "where are from?

The other person could choose to be a bit less formal and just say:
¿De dónde eres?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde es (usted)?



OUR TIP

You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends only on what you want to say about where you come from.

There are many different ways in which you could reply. Please remember that some of the answers depend on whether you are male or female.  With that in mind, maybe you would like to choose a reply which says that you:
    • Are of a particular nationality.
    • Come from a specific country.
    • Come from a specific city.

Assuming you are English, here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Soy inglés (I am English-male).
  • Soy inglesa (I am English-female).
  • Soy de Inglaterra (I am from England).
  • Soy de Birmingham (I am from Birmingham).

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿De dónde eres?

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