"Are you a foreigner?"

Translation:外国人ですか?

June 25, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Liquidape1

what is the difference between gaikokujin and gaijin? I had always heard the latter before this course.

June 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/VivianHuds1

外人 is like "outsider" and sounds slightly rude in my opinion. Adding 国 makes it sounds like "a person from outside the country", which sounds better

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ScissorMarks

外人 is definitely used as a slur.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/breazu
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Is this a common question in 日本? In the US (at least in my experience), it seems pretty rude to ask somebody directly if they're a foreigner. Most of the time, you can infer that yourself based on accent/appearance/etc. and then you might ask something like "I notice you have an accent. Where are you from?".

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaLore9

In my experience, it's not common at all to be asked directly if you are a foreigner. I have personally had this exact sentence directed at me a couple of times, but it's always when someone is surprised to learn that I'm not Japanese (I have Asian features, often being mistaken for a Japanese person, and I have enough Japanese to pull it off for a little while at least).

However, it's also worth noting that this question can mean "is he/she a foreigner", in which case it's a lot more frequently used.

September 13, 2017
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