Very few, I suspect. . What I experience is – I either state all 5 countries which I absolutely hate! The Conversation UK receives funding from these organisations. Sometimes if you pick the wrong one it creates some extra weirdness. 5) I don’t understand what people exactly want to know and it’s not so appreciated to ask 10 questions back, whereas most of the people answer with one name. A response of this type can also be unsettling for new Australians who may voice this in their own responses to the âwhere are you fromâ question through a âbutâ statement as in âAustralia, but parents from Malaysiaâ, or âI was born here, but Iâm part Dutchâ. It goes to show how judgmental and narrow-minded some people can be. You are very kind. Mehrnoush: Sure! I always was local everywhere I lived or visited, some places were closer to me, some were not. This option usually happens by accident because I sometimes panic if I’m not ready for the question as stupid as it sounds! And again, I believe that I have the right not to talk about something if I don’t want to talk about it. Jack â 11 â London â 2345678 â blue â No, I don't. I try not to because my mom’s English and people tend to ask me if I got her accent and whether or not I’ve visited England and if I’ve got a dual citizenship. So true what you said – not all of us will have ties with a certain place even if our parents do. My background is kind of like yours – parents escaped Mainland China to Taiwan during communist invasion. And since I feel like the Netherlands is my second home, I find it’s bit confusing to answer the question, so I always reply as “It’s complicated, I have two home countries.” At one level, the question may have relatively little to do with physical location â itâs simply a way of starting a conversation (âwherâre you from mate?â). Those four words have multiple layers of meaning. I really like your friend’s response. This may be the reason many white Australians in Australia are not asked this question as frequently. Many times when others have asked the question I like to go, ‘What relevance does it have?’. Others may zoom in (âBendigo, Calgullyâ). I lived in 4 Asian countries last years. Now, on to the other question. I don’t know. I’ve come across more answers just recently. I am a white Slavic and have lived in London, Paris, Prague and Vienna and this question always comes up. I think I might try and see how many different answers I can give before we get to my ethnic background. First I answer which town I live in, which is met with “No, where are you from originally?” to which I reply which country I grew up in i.e. youtube.com/watch?v=DWynJkN5HbQ Whence. “It doesn’t matter” reminds me of a time recently where I responded to this extended. It is a very personal question and we all should keep that in mind. Honestly, we claim to live in a society that values freedom for all and yet we still try to force someone to talk about their past even if they say it’s offensive? The North, the South, midwest, etc. I get this question a lot but it certainly doesn’t carry the same weight and I like to have them guess as well, especially when I’m in a playful mood. It really depends on who asks the question, and if you want to deliver the long or short answer. I’m here and now. The following lesson gives some common question forms, as well as possible answers, for talking about where someone lives in Mandarin Chinese.Please note the use of the co-verb zài (å¨). I like option 8! I like adding a dash of humour to my responses when answering “Where are you from?”. I’ve learnt no to worry. Though sometimes, one can “choose” a home. Sometimes, I feel flush when confronted with the intrusive question. For one it makes everyone uncomfortable if you show that you don’t like the question, and this can bring on more prodding and questioning from others. So we’d rather not be asked it. Take care Mabel. Some people will think it weird that you ask them ‘Where are you from?’ back, like it is almost insulting to them. Thanks, k1ke. Yes I’ll post here once I’ll have something if you don’t mind. Where are you from? Birmingham, Birmingham, Attraction explained: The science of how we form relationships But at the same time, as you mention, it can be rather redundant. Smiling and gently tapping my chest I would say – ‘Here, from the heart’, and you? Usually I just say I am from BC, although when I am actually in BC it is a bit harder since then people are more likely to try to dig deeper. You would use "on" in sentences where you could use "about" with the same meaning: "I read his answer on food processing, and it was rather interesting". I feel your pain, Mabel. Love number #8. if you don’t mind I am going to start using it. Maybe you have your own responses too . That is why we created "You Ask, We Answer." in English. Accept the answer you're given and move on if the question is unwelcome. For example, when people ask “Where are you from?” they’re usually wondering where the person was born and raised. I say I have Papua New Guinean heritage but I am Australian, because people want an explanation about who I am. It is a typical question, most often from Americans. Sometimes we are just plain curious about where someone has been, and the most direct way to ask it is ‘Where are you from?’ It is very thoughtful of you to not generalise. “I don’t live in the past so I live only presently.” This is quite a profound phase, one that I agree with. Thatâs how to answer where you see yourself in five years in a job interview. I guess that means I’m a bad American. I grew up there. I am only interested in pursuing the life that was meant for me, and I am not even slightly interested in talking about the past that I fought to get away from. Say it with enthusiasm as people know Australia is a great placeâ). Guess where. Change ). Have a great day! This question is an ambiguous one. Such a good post Mabel! I also finds that this sort of “breaks down” the list of countries and doesn’t sound so excessive (It probably does but not as much as option 1) And one few long-lasting problems I’m trying to find a key to. Are you a bad person? â It's 10 o'clock. , I think most of the time, people really are just curious about my background and want to know more. The caption ‘Each pair of shoes travels far and wide. (I was born in Karachi of French parents) Family identity and appearance also play a role in how people answere questions about where theyâre from. I’ve seen it before. Always fun to get people to guess where you are from. Thanks for sharing this video Matt! And it’s not like I completely took all the cultural features but shared some of them. Number 8 is a creative one. When I was a teenager I dived in counter-culture, Greek philosophy, Hawaiian while continued to possess the interest in American and Japanese. Where did you come from? I would imagine that most people don’t mean harm when they ask you, though. After seeing the pic at the top of your post and reading ” Each pair of shoes travels far and wide”, I thought for sure you were going to say, “I’m from everywhere my shoes have taken me”! Read more: It does confuse me sometimes when people ask that I guess the ‘where are you from’ question’s preferred answer depends on each individual. I seek for help. A lot of the time the question is annoying to me. I’m a first time visitor and I’m really enjoying your blog. You Ask We Answer At News 18 we don't just tell you the news, we listen to you too. ‘ is poetic. I am from Iran. If I asked them ‘Where are you from?’, they will probably laugh at me like I shouldn’t be asking that question. I definitely feel as though I’ve had a lot of home throughout my life, though California is where my roots are and where my “home home” will always be. Godâs question told Adam two things: âYouâre lost, Adam; and, Iâve come to find you.â Every person needs to know the same two things: He is lost without Jesus Christ; and, Christ came to seek and to save those who are lost. Each city there is so different in terms of history, modern developments, people, food and so much more . The question also serves as a good conversation starter in my opinion. But it’s the present and our choices in the present that shape us who we are right now. A little bit of a background: “Is that a Scottish accent I hear?” ( Log Out / And for that, I am so so glad. I was born in London, UK. Even in 50 years time or so a second or third generation Asians will still be asked ‘Where do you come from?’ The YouTube video above is an example of that. I’m glad that I am not the only one who finds this question tedious as well as intrusive. Thanks for stopping by, Brian. But if you have a positive attitude, well, this question will always be a fun one , I’ve also been asked this question quite a few times but sometimes I feel uncomfortable with answering it. This is a simple, straight answer. Enjoy . We might look rude asking that question, or we might come off as curious. Even just for a day . My accent really does confuse people and sometimes their mouths fall open. I dream of visiting her one day. Lived in [name the countries you lived in]. My Russian is ok. For some, the answer is timeless (âAustralia!â). My response depends on my mood and the tone of the person throwing this phrase at me. Lita, Thanks for stopping by this older post, Lita. Possible Answer #1 âI am a very positive and practical person. , Be my guest, BLT. Please, someone give me some hints! Born in Melbourne to Malaysian migrant parents, I hold Australian citizenship. I am from two places and not English although I live in England. — # 8 is genius! My first memories come from there. People tend to think that I’m Malaysian when they hear this. I’ve been in the UK for 30 years and speak without a hint of Chinese accent, yet when anyone has a conversation with me for the first time and asks “Where are you from?”. Using this reply, I’m in a sense diverting attention away from myself. Some of them more thought-provoking. Their facial expressions say it all – that I’m a tourist which is so not true. (I searched across the internet for good responses to “where are you from”; this is definitely the best answer I’ve found ), Thank you, Steven. Answer: â Iâm 26 years old. Junior novel George wants to help kids understand gender identity. I’m English, but I’m from Devon. I donât like to give away too much information about myself. Essex Public International Law Lecture: International Law and Russia's 2020 Constitutional Amendments, Online talk: Cameron Hepburn and Steve Smith in conversation: "Sensitive intervention points for Net Zero", Aston Talks: How we make decisions for other people - online public lecture by Professor Richard Tunney, Attraction explained: The science of how we form relationships, Online talk: Prof Dame Sally Davies and Prof Chris Dye in conversation: "The challenge of anti-microbial resistance", Who are you? Enjoy! (Which is also kind of not clear, but oh well, better than explaining where I’m from. Shireen Khalil. Finally, individuals can interpret the âwhere fromâ question in temporally different ways. Answer: My birthday is on January 1st. You could hardly tell where i am from… based on my (English) accent… then i landed in NZ with PR. True. Every answer you give is an opportunity for you to share your personality, the depth of your experience, and your worldview. So we’re all from “somewhere” or “some place”! But my parents are Malaysian. Lovely article, thanks , I like how you say it ‘‘Here, from the heart’, and you? In fact, I will likely start seeing some sort of counsellor soon to help me get over all of that trauma, since I admittedly have an issue with holding onto anger, and also trauma like what I went through can affect people on so many different levels. I have a sister who lives in Tasmania. The other thing is how you answer of course. Mind if I use it??? Are you assuming my first language is Chinese? Pretty sure a lot of the time, many who ask me this question want to know where I call home and expect a simple, straightforward answer. I’ve been mistaken for “mixed race” all my life and often received questions such as “which one of your parents is white?” & “So, have you & your sister got different dad’s” which is quite uncomfortable, rude and insensitive (we are full blood sisters). Let me know of the responses you get. ‘And we continue to define people based on something that is beyond their control?’ That is a great question there, and you do bring up a valid point there in that the past doesn’t always reflect how we truly feel about places or others in general. Its use in the question form is optional, but is almost always needed in the answer, unless the answer contains a qualifier like ânear toâ or âbehind.â But definitely agree, best not to ask this question when you first meet someone. Why are you interested in me? It usually silences the asker. But I agree, it is best not asking this question on the first time meet up. The thing is: Also see below for a list of the most common interview questions you'll be asked, and sample answers. You may want to listen out for these prepositions to help you understand how migrants position themselves as Australians. I’ve had a few people look at me differently after I have told them as well. Not to mention I was constantly abused during that whole time, being berated and told that I was not good enough to do anything in life, as well as being told that I was delusional for thinking I knew what I wanted. I’m sure people have a fun, maybe confusing, time guessing where you’re from , Hi, How to Answer How Are You in formal and informal ways with ESL image. I did spend time in France, but most my life away. They will tell the other person that you are enthusiastic and ready to work. They want to know what race you are. My friends in Australia do consider me as Australian, though some randoms on the street will sometimes ask, “Where are you from”, with one man referring to me as a tourist once when I was riding a bus in Sydney. Funny how people never really get “Where are you from” correct when we ask them to guess…do they even want to guess correctly and get the question correct? Also, they are those whom I’ve met not too long ago and perceive as strangers. I remember when I was younger telling my mum “I wish I could just say I’m from one country” Or “I wish I were only from 2 countries” to make my life easier. Which languages I speak? Jim. 2. People find this hard to believe since I speak like a Singaporean or Malaysian. I find this video funny (as in comedic). Then lived in China for 8 years. The other thing is how you answer of course. What do you mean exactly? Omg, I just thought up of a good response to use, the next time someone asks me where I’m from: “We are the Borg. I do feel (and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone who may read this) that we do live in a white culture, in the sense that generally speaking most people won’t ask a white person where they’re from, unless perhaps if they have a different accent. I am Australian. Where are you from instantly makes it feel like I’m not from here, but perhaps I’m a bit more sensitive towards this question, as it’s been something that’s been asked my whole life. However, the majority of the time this answer doesn’t work with people of Black origin & other ethnicities, they like to know EXACTLY what country you’re from. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Online talk: Prof Dame Sally Davies and Prof Chris Dye in conversation: "The challenge of anti-microbial resistance" I know it is depressing not to obtain an answer to your question, or to obtain a generic answer that does not really help you â¦ Good answers! You never know. I’m sorry to disagree with your views Conrad in that ‘That will change over time though’. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes I will get asked ‘What is your nationality?’ which holds different meanings to home, and is more factual – which still can be hard to answer. It really is a loaded question. But âWhere are you swimming?â just asks about the place where youâre doing the swimming. It just makes absolutely no sense to me. I’m guilty of sometimes asking people where they’re from if they’ve got a foreign accent I don’t recognize. Yes, this response sounds rude and stand-offish. What part of Scotland do you come from? At the same time, I feel like it’s such a simple question, but it means so much to every person! So far, I’ve responded with these statements and here are the reactions I get: This is very true. Potential employers can learn a lot about you and whether youâre a good fit from your answer to this question, so itâs smart to plan your response in advance. James: I'm from California. People so often make assumptions that we are somewhere based on skin colour; they might be wrong and we might want to correct them because their assumptions can paint a false impression of us and who we speak on behalf of. Online, Oxfordshire, Aston Talks: How we make decisions for other people - online public lecture by Professor Richard Tunney The following answers will help you shape a better response. Sometimes it could be tricky and insulting..Great post, Mabel! Sorry to hear about people judging you. But anyways, your post made me think of this video. Question: How old are you? As well as Hong Kong and Singapore. As an Asian Australian who speaks with a slightly tinged Singaporean-Malaysian accent, quite often here in Melbourne people ask me when we’re mid-conversation, “Where are you from?”. Most of them would be very, very surprised and some might be a bit insulted – that is, if they are a local living where we’re at. The person who asked the question seemed quite miffed at that response, and you are right in saying that not all responses will go down well with everyone and in each context. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked this question, whether I'm in the big city or in the suburbs. What do you want to know? Lisa: Nice to meet you. I typically understand people are just curious , but I also felt annoyed sometimes. , I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to know where you’re from. I’ve seen other front covers of that film and didn’t like them so much. ( Log Out / xD hahaha…, Hahaha! If you don't say anything else, though, it might be a signal that you don't want to continue the conversation. Now I live in three countries. A response that ties belonging to English can be quite unnerving for anyone who speaks a language other than English, or speaks English with an accent other than the Australian accent. So most of the questions like “Are you christian, buddhist, vegetarian, democrat, Greek, Chinese… this and that?” are not so easy to answer. Usually, they catch on to my humorous side and gamely play along. Cheers. So lovely to hear summer is there in your part of the world. Learn these responses the question "how are you" to improve your English speaking skill. It would be fun if we started asking the question back at those who ask it in the first place. With this response, an audible uncomfortable pause follows and a rush of awkwardness simmers between me and the person who asked the question. That is clever. For these people, a valid answer could include âHeaven on Earthâ. They may also relate to oneâs personal identity: I would say Victoria. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I don’t mind being asked it most of the time, but it’s only when it’s asked very suddenly out of the blue. No worries. One learns to see and experience so much coming from a family of different nationalities and having the opportunity to live in more than one place. If you go back in history both American and Australia accents were formed largely from English speakers from different areas/accents all mixing with each other. I’m from three places. 8. When it comes to ethnicity questions in surveys my answers vary all the time depending on the options from Black British, Black Other & Mixed Other. You are you, Kerry. You are so right when you say some people want to know EXACTLY what country you are from, or specifically what country you have bloodlines with, and down to the ethnic community that you *should come from and resemble. I like your response of telling people where you live. For many Americans it is a standard question which they use among themselves. In short, be careful how you answer this popular interview question, and try to avoid answers like this: That you plan on a short-term tenure with the company. If I had a dollar for every time I am asked this question… I look Swedish, I have a Scottish accent but I was born in California and my roots run so deep in the Americas that I have Central American DNA. That may come true one day. The code doesnât contain any mistakes. You may think, âOh I can talk about myself easily!â The goal is not to simply talk, but also convince the hiring manager. Where I grew up? Moved back to Taipei for a few years in the early 90s then did my MBA in the States, then got a job in Canada. I don’t want to play psychic and riddler every time. Fine. (I was same person 10 seconds ago before you asked). Question: Where do you live? 4) I develop my culture every day. We have every right to ask that question and I think it’s shallow of Caucasians to laugh at us when we ask them it. This is the simple, yet crucial, question you have to answer first in order to build a successful personality driven business. Read below for more specific tips on how to answer interview questions about yourself. In reality we all have our stories. “Where are you from” seems like a direct question but in all honesty it’s one of the most ambiguous ones ever. It’s quite normal for children regardless of where they are born to pick up the accents from their parents. A little bit of background: I am from British Columbia because it is where I have chosen to live and it is quite honestly the only place in North America where I would ever willingly live. Questions â English Grammar Explanations. Ethnicity can be hard to define if we come from so many places and bloodlines, like in your case. I’d rather people mind their own business. That’s a good question! Are they from the West Coast, the East? I quite honestly cannot stand this question. Where my ancestors come from? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In other words, I was outright denied the right to pursue what I wanted in life. I try to be easy going, positive, funny and smiling and etc. I love your post. "Food processing" is the general subject of the answer, and so probably of the question as well â it is not the question itself. Why the question? For you though your accent would confuse a lot of people la. The question itself is actually fairly innocent because people ask standard questions when they first introduce themselves to each other. Friendly strangers often mention where they are (presumably) born and then the ball’s in my court. From my experiences residing in different continents, I’ve learnt to affiliate with both Asian and Western values, making my identity a complex one. It was lovely reading your experiences . Although, most days I will say “I was born in NZ but my parents are from Taiwan” or I’ll ask “Do you mean where I was born or my ethnicity?”. Sometimes when I ask a Caucasian where they are from, they look at me as if I’m joking and am being ridiculous asking such a question. Grew up in Australia, have an Aussie accent, and have viewpoints which are considered ‘non-Asian’. That is so interesting to hear you’re a halfie, and proud of it! They are usually wrong. It must be interesting when people met you and they wonder where you lived previously. Here's a list of common answers to them: How are you? Now of course when people ask me where I’m from I hate saying all 5 countries due to people maybe think I’m exaggerating or holding on to that 1 sixteenth of an ethnicity which is absolutely not the case or else I would mention countries such as Scotland and China where I have minimal ancestry history. Home is what we make it to be. We continue to get your questions surrounding COVID-19 into the newsroom, and weâre working to bring you those answers. Whenever I am asked thag question I usually reply Earth. There are four important factors that affect how young people responded. Sometimes we just want to forget the past, and like what you mentioned about yourself, not everyone’s past is pleasant. Which would make “Where are you from?” a really complex question for them. Have a great weekend . My ethnicity is Portuguese, Guyanese, Brazilian, Trinidadian & Jamaican. Haha, yes lah. At the end of the day, we are all different . I actually think it’s pretty cool that you have so many different answers to a seemingly simple question, but of course, I can see how it can be annoying at times, too. And live here still. For some, place identity may also be associated with oneâs broader family identity (âAustralia because I was born in Australia and so were my parentsâ or âfrom Australia as seven generations have been from hereâ). Uh, you know, here… There… You know how it is..! When asked, I answer the truth: “I’m a Pakistani Frog who lives in Mexico”. 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