Knowing how to introduce yourself and someone else in Spanish is always the first step to begin a good, simple conversation especially with someone you just met. Spanish introductions are similar to English introductions, with some slight differences in the expressions and the fact that they are usually accompanied by one or more Spanish greetings. 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 of introductions in Spanish and practice with an interactive quiz.
How introduce yourself in Spanish: making simple sentences & questions (with audio) *
To begin the lesson, here is a nice video showing different ways to introduce ourselves in Spanish and other people. The video explains a few basic ways to introduce yourself in Spanish using simple expressions, how to use basic greetings and ways to introduce someone in Spanish. Make sure you understand the content of the video as it will be useful for the rest of the lesson. Please activate the closed captions if you need them.
First of all, we usually begin Spanish introductions with a simple greeting and then add a question or a simple sentence. Spanish grammar plays an important role to make a good introduction in Spanish. Some essential grammar topics for this purpose are Spanish subject pronouns, how to use regular verbs in Spanish and how to use the Spanish verb SER in the present tense. Knowing these three basic things will help you create strong sentences and understand what you are saying in Spanish. Now if you are new in Spanish, do not focus too much on grammar and try to get the general meaning of the expressions. Once you begin learning Spanish, you will start wondering how things work and then you will start learning the grammar you need to communicate.
Here are some important rules. In Spanish, we use two question marks with different orientations, especially in greetings (saludos) . The words “Cómo”(How) and “Cuál” (Which) are essential to ask for names in Spanish. Also, the pronoun “tú” is more informal than “usted” so you have to choose the right pronoun to use in your questions or sentences, as they are interchangeable. Omitting the subject pronoun in a sentence is very common and natural in Spanish, but be careful to use the right conjugation of the verb for the subject even if you leave it out.
Here are some common questions and sentences used to introduce yourself in Spanish and get other person’s name. Pay close attention to their pronunciation. Press “play” to listen to the examples:
|English sentence||Expressions to introduce yourself in Spanish||Listen|
|Hello! My name is Alex||¡Hola! Mi nombre es Alex (literal translation)|
|Hello! My name is Jon||¡Hola! (Yo) Me llamo Jon (I am called Jon)|
|Hello! I am Jon||¡Hola! (Yo) soy Jon.|
|What’s your name?||¿Cuál es tu nombre? (informal because of “tu”)|
|What’s your name?||¿Cuál es su nombre? (formal because of “su”)|
|What’s your name?||¿Cómo te llamas (tú)? (informal because of “te”)|
|What’s your name?||¿Cómo se llama (usted)? (formal because of “se”)|
|And you?||¿y tú? (a simple way to return a question)|
In the examples above, the words “tu” and “su” are possessive adjectives in Spanish, whereas “te” and “se” are Spanish reflexive pronouns. Notice that the verb “llamar” (to call) changes its form depending on the pronoun we use.
How to introduce someone in Spanish: common expressions + audio *
When introducing other people in Spanish, we just have to be careful to use the right pronouns, possessive adjectives and form of the verb. Here are some examples showing some introductions in Spanish:
|English sentence||Expressions to introduce other people in Spanish||Listen|
|Her name is Ana||Su nombre es Ana (“su” is a possessive adjective for her)|
|She is Mary||Ella es Mary (changing “ser” to “es”)|
|What’s her name?||¿Cuál es su nombre? (“su” = his)|
|What are their names?||¿Cuáles son sus nombres? (“sus” = their)|
|What’s her name?||¿Cómo se llama (ella)? (“se” is the reflexive pronoun for “ella”)|
|What are their names?||¿Cómo se llaman (ellos)? (“se” is the reflexive pronoun for “ellos”)|
|Let me introduce my friend to you||Permíteme presentarte a mi amigo.|
|I introduce the new teacher to you||Les presento a la nueva maestra|
Practicing Spanish introductions through a simple listening quiz. *
A quiz about Spanish introductions -> Una prueba sobre presentaciones en español
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