How to Say Where Are You from in Mandarin Chinese?

Hi, there!  Today’s Chinese lesson is going to talk about a useful expression.

When you are in china, as a foreign friend, I suppose one of the questions you are mostly asked by others is “nǐ shì nǎ lǐ rén?” So what does this phrase mean in Mandarin Chinese? “nǐ” means “you”. “shì” is “to be”. “nǎ lǐ” means “where”. rén” is “people”. So literally, it is “you are where people” which means “where are you from?”

Today’s phrase:

Nǐ shì nǎ lǐ rén? (你是哪里人)    where are you from?

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