It’s easy to introduce yourself to someone who speaks Spanish. Thus, it is a good idea to have some phrases on hand to recall when meeting new people. Surely Spanish speakers will appreciate your effort and genuine willingness.
Say “Hello” and “your name”
To start with, whenever you meet someone, say “Hola”. Then, in order to introduce yourself, simply say “Me llamo” followed by your name. Keep in mind that the sound /h/ in Spanish is silent, it sounds like “Oh-la”. To give you an idea, “Hola, me llano Susana”, which means “Hi, I’m Susana”. In addition to this, if you are in front of a group of people, you can give some further personal information like your nationality: “Soy Peruana” > “I am Peruvian”. Then you can mention your job or occupation: “Soy estudiante.” > “I’m a student.” Finally, the place where you live: “Vivo en Barcelona.” > “I live in Barcelona”. If you like, you can say your age: “Tengo 28 años” > “I’m 28.
The formal or the informal way
In some Latin American countries there is a difference between “¿Cómo te llamas?” and “¿Cómo se llama usted?”. Both mean “What’s your name?”. The former is more colloquial and the latter is more formal, especially used when meeting someone older or a stranger for the first time. Therefore, after introducing yourself you can use these questions to follow the conversation.
Replies to “Hello”
As soon as someone asks you “¿Cómo te llamas?” > “What’s your name”, you could react by saying “Hola, soy Paul”, similar to “Hi, I’m Paul” followed by “mucho gusto”, this means “ I’m glad to meet you”. You can also reply like this: “encantado/ encantada” > “delighted to meet you”
Last but not least, keep your eyes wide open while smiling, particularly when you meet a Spanish speaker as it is culturally appropriate.
After brushing up these useful phrases, you will be able to introduce yourself in Spanish. Let us remind you that Bright Lingua offers Spanish courses based on communicative activities and a lexical approach in order that learners can develop their Spanish linguistic skills effectively.