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I am a French language beginner from India. When I introduce myself, how do I say "I am an Indian" or "I am from India"? The books I learn from are giving for other nationalities but not mine. I need some help.

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Follow-up question: Je viens d'Inde or Je viens de l'Inde? (Mind that neither is very idiomatic, je suis originaire d'Inde (or de l'Inde?) is better.) –  Gilles Sep 13 '13 at 18:07
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You can go with many sentences like:

  • Je suis indien (indienne for the feminine) [I am an Indian]
  • Je viens d'Inde [I come from India]
  • Je suis originaire d'Inde [~= I am from India]
  • Je suis né(e) en Inde [I was born in India]

And if you are still a citizen of India:

  • Je suis de nationalité Indienne [I have Indian nationality]
  • Je suis citoyen(ne) d'Inde [I am a citizen of India]
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Thank you Mvy and @Alexis –  coral jasmine Aug 22 '12 at 11:54
    
What about «Je vien de l'Inde»? –  Abhimanyu Arora Aug 21 '13 at 9:30
    
@AbhimanyuArora When I read Je viens de l'Inde, I initially corrected to Je viens d'Inde. Then I thought again and agreed with Je viens de l'Inde. Then I thought some more and became confused. –  Gilles Sep 13 '13 at 18:06
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You can either use "Je suis indien / indienne", or, if you want to avoid confusion with Native Americans, "Je viens d'Inde".

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"Je viens de l'Inde" is what has been taught to me

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Sorry but Je viens de l'Inde is incorrect in French. –  Zistoloen Sep 19 '13 at 13:49
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