Discover the French phrase "D'où viens-tu"

Get prepared to learn all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic sentence “D’où viens-tu”.

To be more specific, this includes a complete explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And because we care about you, we also sprinkled useful informations like synonym, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

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French to English translation

Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

D'où viens-tu meaning


The literal meaning is:

  • D’où → From where
  • Viens tu ? → Are you from?

This is the classic and neutral way to ask someone: “Where are you from?” in French, but you can also use “Tu viens d’où ?“.

The informal version is “T’es d’où ?” and the formal version is “Vous êtes d’où ?” (this version also works when talking to a group of people).

How to use

If someone asks you: “D’où viens-tu ?” you can answer with “Je viens du Brésil, et toi ?” (I’m from Brazil, and you?)

Or you can simply start yourself by asking: “Tu viens d’où ?“.

Note that the precise meaning can depend on context. If French people meet each other, this question means “Which city/region are you from in France?” but when one of the person isn’t French it will mean “Which country are you from?“.

Plus, this question can sometimes be painful when you are born somewhere, but grew up somewhere else and are even currently living somewhere else… 

In this case, you have to decide which one represents you the most. And if you don’t know, you can always say: “Je suis un citoyen du monde !” (I’m a citizen of the world!)

Funny stuff

The informal version “T’es d’où ?” sounds exactly like “T’es doux ?” which means “Are you sweet/gentle?“. So don’t be surprised if sometimes French people are having fun, answering you “Oui” with a smile.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Tu viens d’où ? (“Where are you from“)(Neutral)
  • T’es d’où ? (“Where are you from“)(Informal)
  • Vous venez d’où ? (“Where are you from“)(Formall)
  • Vous êtes d’où ? (“Where are you from“)(Formal)

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” D’où viens-tu ? “
” Where are you from? “
” Je viens de New-York. Et toi ? “
” I’m from New-York. And you? “
” Je viens de Paris “
” I’m from Paris “
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