How to Introduce Yourself & Someone Else in Spanish

November 25, 2012 Alex

Knowing how to introduce yourself  in Spanish 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, e.g. “Hola”. This lesson will cover some common ways to introduce yourself in the language as well as expressions to introduce 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: Ways to introduce yourself in Spanish.

First of all, we will ask you to watch a short video explaining a few basic ways to introduce yourself in Spanish, plus some expressions that are really common in order to introduce someone else in Spanish too. Please watch the video carefully as it will be useful to understand and get the best out of this lesson. Please activate the subtitles if you need them.

Video Quiz: Introduce yourself in Spanish and someone else

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.

Ways to introduce yourself in Spanish (introductions + audio)

Before Spanish introductions, we normally use simple greeting like HOLA and then add an expression like MUCHO GUSTO or ask the other person politely ¿Cómo estás?. Here are too examples:

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

Question words like CÓMO (How) and CUÁL (Which) are essential to ask for names, just like in these two very common examples: ¿Cómo te llamas? and ¿Cuál es tu nombre? In general, the subject pronoun TÚ is more informal than USTED, but it is also more common. Omitting the subject pronoun in a sentence is normal, but make sure you are using the right conjugation of the verb for the subject even if you leave it out. Here  is a list of ways to introduce yourself in Spanish and get another person’s name:

Examples of Spanish introductions – Las 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?

Let’s briefly analyze the structure of the Spanish introductions we have covered so far. First, 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, we will ask you to focus on their meaning and pronunciation as we will develop more on grammar in other lessons.

Ways to introduce someone else in Spanish (introductions + audio)

In order to introduce someone else in Spanish, we will need the verb SER in its forms ES and SON. Basically, if we are referring to one person, we will use “ES” as in “ÉL ES(he is) and “ERES for as in ERES, but if we are referring to several then we must use “SON” as in “ELLOS SON(they are). Besides, when you introduce someone else in Spanish it is important to mention if this person is your friend, relative or something else using possessive adjectives, e.g. “Él es mi amigo” (he is my friend). Please mind the pronoun you use so that you use a pronoun that corresponds properly in gender and number to the person you are introducing. Here are some more examples of Spanish introductions you can read and listen to. Focus on pronunciation and try to find out grammatical patterns. 

Examples of Spanish introductions – 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

Spanish audio practice: Presentándote en español.

Listen to some examples of Spanish introductions and try to guess their meaning. Solve the interactive quiz about it and more importantly, pay attention to the way the expressions are used and pronounced in the audio.

A listening quiz on Spanish introductions

This quiz is related to the Spanish introductions found in 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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