How to introduce yourself & someone else in Spanish

November 25, 2012 Alex

Knowing how to introduce yourself and someone else is always the first step to begin a good, simple conversation especially with someone you just met. The expressions and questions for introductions, presentaciones, are very similar to the ones in English. They are usually accompanied by one or more greetings like “Hola”. This lesson will cover some common expressions and questions you could use to introduce yourself and someone else in Spanish. You will read and listen to several examples and practice with an interactive quiz. Once you finish, you can move on to the lesson about greetings – saludos. 

Introductory video: Basic ways to introduce yourself and others

To begin the lesson, here is a nice video explaining a few basic ways to introduce yourself  and another person using simple expressions. Please watch the video carefully as it will be useful for the rest of the lesson. Please activate the closed captions if you need them.

Video Quiz: Presentándote en español

This is a very simple quiz to review the most important points that are covered in the video and that we will continue studying throughout the lesson, so do not worry if you don’t get everything correct.

Introduce yourself in Spanish: sentences & questions

We usually begin introductions with a simple greeting like HOLA and then add an expression like MUCHO GUSTO or a question like ¿Cómo estás?.Some examples would be:

1. ¡Hola! ¡Mucho gusto conocerte!
2. ¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?

The words CÓMO (How) and CUÁL (Which) are essential to ask for names, especially for questions like ¿Cómo te llamas? and ¿Cuál es tu nombre? In general, the subject pronoun TÚ is more informal and common in real conversations than USTED. Omitting the subject pronoun in a sentence is normal, but make sure to use the right conjugation of the verb for the subject even if you leave it out. Here are some sentences you can use as a basis to introduce yourself or to get another person’s name. Pay close attention to their pronunciation.

Examples of simple introductions – presentaciones
¡Hola! Mi nombre es Alex (literal translation)
Hello! My name is Alex
¡Hola! (Yo) Me llamo Jon(I am called Jon. LLAMO is a conjugation of the verb LLAMAR)
Hello! My name is Jon
¡Hola! (Yo) soy Jon. (SOY is a conjugation of the verb SER, to be)
Hello! I am Jon
¿Cuál es tu nombre? (TU is a possessive adjective for something that belongs to EL or ELLA)
What’s your name?
¿Cuál es su nombre? (SU is a possesive adjective for something that belongs to USTED)
What’s your name?
¿Cómo te llamas (tú)? (Common – TE is a reflexive pronoun that implies we are referring to TÚ, you)
What’s your name?
¿Cómo se llama (usted)? (Formal – SE is a reflexive pronoun that implies we are referring to USTED)
What’s your name?
¿y tú? (a simple way to return a question)
And you?

In the examples above, the word “tu” in TU NOMBRE and “su” in SU NOMBRE are possessive adjectives, whereas TE and SE are reflexive pronouns. Notice that the verb LLAMAR (to call) changes its form depending on the pronoun we use. Grammar is important but for now, just try to learn their meaning and pronunciation.

Introducing someone in Spanish: common expressions + audio

When introducing other people, we just have to be careful to use the right pronouns, possessive adjectives and form of the verb.

Introducing other people – Presentando a otros
Su nombre es Ana (Introducing a woman – SU is a possessive adjective meaning HER)
Her name is Ana
Ella es Mary (ES comes from the verb SER, to be)
She is Mary
¿Cuál es su nombre? (“su” = his)
What’s her name?
¿Cuáles son sus nombres? (“sus” = their)
What are their names?
¿Cómo se llama (ella)? (“se” is the reflexive pronoun for “ella”)
What’s her name?
¿Cómo se llaman (ellos)? (“se” is the reflexive pronoun for “ellos”)
What are their names?
Permíteme presentarte a mi amigo.
Let me introduce my friend to you
Les presento a la nueva maestra
I introduce the new teacher to you

Listening practice: Presentándote en español.

Listen to some sentences including introductions and try to guess their meaning. Pay attention to the way the expressions are used and pronounced. Press PLAY to start listening.

A quiz about introductions-> Las presentaciones

This quiz is related to the content of the recording you just heard. Listen again and complete each sentence or questions with the correct words so that it makes sense. You will get an interesting tip every time you find a correct answer. Press “START” to begin the quiz.

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