Where are you from? - A guy asked me while we were in Bangkok.

  • I have been in Bankok my whole life.
  • I have been in Bangkok since my birth.
  • I have lived in Bangkok my whole life.

Which answer is the most preferable for native speakers ?

  • 1
    Maybe, I was born and brought up in Bangkok.
    – Maulik V
    May 20, 2014 at 9:08
  • Your third option is best. Your first option is okay, too.
    – user230
    May 21, 2014 at 4:47

1 Answer 1


Here are some typical responses:

  • "I'm from here." + [any of the sentences you provided].
  • "I'm from here. I've lived here my whole life."
  • "I'm from here. I was born here in Bankok, and I've lived here my whole life."
  • "I was born here, and have lived here my whole/entire life."

My first example includes the reference to your sentences, since I encourage you to feel confident with speaking the way you feel natural or what you want to express. Especially since you're asking what is natural you're likely to develop a natural style of your own.

Note: In this case, whole life and entire life mean the same thing.

  • The guy asked me while we are in Bangokok. May 20, 2014 at 4:38
  • 1
    I like this variant, "I'm from here. Born and raised." May 20, 2014 at 10:23

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