Introducing yourself and giving your name is a very important first step to approach anyone new. When meeting a group of people, you might think a wave and a quick ¡hola! (hello!) will cover the whole group, but usually that’s not the case with us, latinos.
If you really want to seem friendly and polite, agrégale más sabor a tu presentación (add some extra flavor to your introductions).
There are many words and expressions you may use, but one that will always work no matter the context is:
- ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Juan. ¡Mucho gusto! (Hello! My name is Juan. Nice to meet you!)
Let’s break it down a little to fully understand how to use it:
¡Hola! means “Hello” or “Hi” and it’s a great way to start introducing yourself in any context.
Then, you’ll want to give your name. Even though Hispanics tend to have two or more first names and two last names, they usually give their first name and, depending on the context, they provide their first family name.
So, even if your name is Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios Ponte y Blanco, you probably want to keep short: Simón Bolívar.
Spanish offers you three different options to tell people your name:
- Soy Juan. (I am Juan.)
- Mi nombre es Juan. (My name is Juan.)
- Me llamo Juan. (I’m called Juan) – which works exactly as “My name is”.
Then, you want to finish the sentence in a very polite way: ¡Mucho gusto! This means, nice to meet you!
Talking about nationality
If you want to make it a little more personal and say where you’re from, you may use Soy, which means “I am”, followed by your nationality or wherever you are from:
- Soy de Medellín. Soy Colombiano. (I’m from Medellín. I’m Colombian.)
- Soy de Kentucky. Soy Estadounidense. (I’m from Kentucky. I’m American.)
- Soy de Toronto. Soy Canadiense. (I’m from Toronto. I’m Canadian.)
¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?) Let me know in the comments!
We, latinos, tend to shake hands the first time we meet someone and there are some places where, depending on the situation, they will give you a hug or even a big fat juicy beso en la mejilla (kiss on the cheek). 😘
A way to keep the conversation flowing and show some interest in the other person is to ask them the same information, so here are some expressions you can use:
- ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (What’s your name?)
- ¿Cómo te llamas? (Literally, “how are you called or named”, but in Spanish this is another way so say “what’s your name”)
- ¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?)
¡Excelente! (Awesome!) Now that you know this, let’s notch it up a little and combine our introduction with some friendly questions:
¡Hola! Me llamo John. ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Hello, my name is John. What’s your name?)
¡Hola! Soy Cadence. ¡Mucho gusto! ¿Cómo te llamas? (Hello! I’m Cadence. Nice to meet you! What’s your name?)
Mucho gusto, Eduardo. Mi nombre es Declan. Yo soy de Inglaterra. ¿De dónde eres? (Nice to meet you, Eduardo. My name is Declan. I’m from England. Where are you from?)
¡Muy bien! Now you know exactly how to introduce yourself in Spanish… Time to start making some friends! Try and make your own versions and mix up some questions with your own style and make sure to leave them on the comments so we can check them out!
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