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 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.


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?


Q&A

Afsar

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2018

5 replies

Je vien d'Adelaide

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2018

11/12/18

Je viens d'Adelaide. -- I come from Adelaide.

What was your question again?

Afsar

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2018

11/12/18

When we say J'habite we use 'en' (I live in...) and coming from we use de or d'?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 December 2018

12/12/18

In the case of habiter the preposition depends on whether you refer to a country, a province or a city.

J'habite en Australie.
J'habite dans le Yorkshire.
J'habite à Paris.

But in the case of venir, it is always de: Je viens d'Adelaide.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 December 2018

12/12/18

And then there is the gender of the country. Most countries are feminine and use "en" with habiter. But some are masculine and require à: J'habite aux États Unis.

Here are two related lessons: https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/use-en-with-feminine-countries-and-aux-with-masculine-countries-to-say-in-or-to-prepositions

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/prepositions-with-regions-states-counties

Afsar

Kwiziq community member

12 December 2018

12/12/18

merci beacoup!

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

5 December 2018

3 replies

I found the audio of "je viens d'Omaha" very difficult to understand and recognise "Omaha"

Tom

Kwiziq community member

6 December 2018

6/12/18

Hi Nigel,

The audio sounds ok to my ear.

Perhaps you were expecting to hear the "h" sounded in the French version of Omaha?

"H" is always silent in French.

Hope this helps,

Tom

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 December 2018

7/12/18

Bonjour Nigel !

I've now replaced the sound file with a clearer one, but as Tom pointed out, the two "a" sounds are very thinly distinct in French because of the non-pronunciation of the "h". It's more like a long [a] sound :)

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2018

10/12/18

Aurelie,

many thanks for that.  Yes, now I hear it as I expected that it would be said.  I relistened to the original recording several times before my post, and several times again after Tom's reply, and every time I found it really hard to recognise the recording as its text, despite knowing exactly what I was listening for.

I was not originally expecting to hear the h sounded, just some separation of the different elements of the word, which I can now hear.

Merci a vous!

Catherine

Kwiziq community member

30 October 2018

3 replies

d'ou viens-tu

Anthony

Kwiziq community member

1 November 2018

1/11/18

Je viens de Nairobi

Joshua

Kwiziq community member

12 November 2018

12/11/18

Je viens d'Iringa

robin

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2018

2/12/18

Je viens de Marolles en Hurepoix

Maxine

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2018

1 reply

I don' understand the (d) D' ou what does the (d) mean in a sentence

Chris

Kwiziq community member

8 October 2018

8/10/18

It means "from". 

Où -- where, d'où -- from where. 

Tilen

Kwiziq community member

1 August 2018

1 reply

So if you're speaking of a german city starting with H, does the "de" contract to "d' " or not? Je viens de/d' Hambourg.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

2 August 2018

2/08/18

Hi Tilen,

I would say, 'de Hambourg' just to make sure that the city is clearly recognised...

Melissa

Kwiziq community member

3 July 2018

2 replies

Je viens de Kansas City. Does Kansas City have a French pronunciation or do I say it the way I would in English?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Yes I think so Melissa, that should be recognisable for the majority of French people, you might have to explain where exactly it is though....

Melissa

Kwiziq community member

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Merci, Cecile.

Elaine

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2018

1 reply

vous venez d'ou?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2018

30/05/18

Did you have a question?

Georgia

Kwiziq community member

5 February 2018

3 replies

Comment conjuguez-vous avec il, elle, ils, elles et nous>

Georgia

Kwiziq community member

5 February 2018

5/02/18

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 February 2018

5/02/18

Hi Georgia,

here is the conjugation of "Je viens de Vienne."

Je viens de Vienne.
Tu viens de Vienne.
Il/elle/on vient de Vienne.

Nous venons de Vienne.
Vous venez de Vienne.
Ils/elles viennent de Vienne.

I hope that's helpful to you.  -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 April 2018

16/04/18

Bonjour Georgia !

Here is the link to our lesson on the full conjugation of venir in Le Présent:

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-venir-tenir-and-derivatives-in-le-present-present-tense

Bonne journée !

Shivam

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

1 reply

Comment vous vous appelez?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

What's your question? -- Chris.

randolf

Kwiziq community member

20 December 2017

2 replies

je viens de manila.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 December 2017

20/12/17

Bonjour Randolf !

Good sentence, just one thing :

Je viens de Manille.

Bonne journée !

Fred

Kwiziq community member

22 December 2017

22/12/17

je viens d'aux États-Unis
Clever stuff underway!