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Introducing Yourself in Spanish

Spanish Grammar Tip

¡Encantado de conocerte!

In the modern boundless multicultural society we live in there is a never-ending number of circumstances where people can make each other’s acquaintance: at the gym, at a party, in the student lounge, while travelling, just to name a few.

Regardless of the reasons and whereabouts, what do we usually say when meeting someone new? Right after greeting the person or group of people who are standing before us, we would normally kick off the conversation by exchanging names. And rightfully so as an immediate show of good manners! Las presentaciones (introductions) are a key mutual acquaintance icebreaker that will potentially lead us to make new interesting friends or whatever the future holds for us.

Firstly, we can interchangeably choose any of the three following structures to introduce ourselves in Spanish:

Me llamo…  I am called…
Mi nombre es…  My name is…
(Yo) soy…  I am…
Furthermore, we can adopt any of the three following interchangeable structures to express that we are delighted to meet the other person:

Mucho gusto  Much pleasure
Encantando  Enchanted to meet you, when said by a male
Encantanda  Enchanted to meet you, when said by a female
Es un placer  It is a pleasure

 

SALUDAR Y PRESENTARSE DE MANERA INFORMAL GREETING AND INTRODUCING YOURSELF INFORMALLY
¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? Hi! How are you?
Estoy bien, gracias. ¿Y tú? I’m fine, thanks. And you?
Estoy muy bien, gracias. I’m very well, thank you.
¿Cómo te llamas? What is your name?
Me llamo Pablo. ¿Y tú? My name is Pablo. And yours?
Yo soy Nerea. Encantada de conocerte. I’m Nerea. Nice to meet you.
Es un placer. Nice to meet you.

 

It should be elucidated that in the Spanish-speaking world people very much tend to distinguish between and usted according to the level of informality/formality one wishes to maintain when addressing someone. In particular, corresponds to the familiar you in English (i.e., the singular form of the second person pronoun) and implies a certain degree of closeness as it occurs in the case of children, family members or friends.

Conversely, one would opt to employ usted or its plural form ustedes when intending to show respect or keep some distance with the person they are talking to. This can apply to a conversation engaged with older people, or someone we do not know particularly well (e.g., a neighbour), with an authority figure (e.g., a policeman) or even with someone whom we address by their title (e.g., a lawyer). Usted and ustedes are equivalent to the singular and plural forms, respectively, of the third person pronoun.
Depending on which subject pronoun, or usted, we decide to use the verbal forms will change accordingly, as highlighted in the two dialogues provided.

SALUDAR Y PRESENTARSE DE MANERA FORMAL GREETING AND INTRODUCING YOURSELF FORMALLY

¡Buenos días! ¿Cómo está?

Good morning! How are you?

Estoy bien, gracias. ¿Y usted cómo está?

I’m fine, thanks. And you?
Estoy muy bien, gracias. I’m very well, thank you.
¿Cómo se llama? What is your name?
Mi nombre es Pablo. ¿Y usted cómo se llama? My name is Pablo. What is your name?
Yo soy Nerea. Encantada de conocerle. I’m Nerea. Nice to meet you.
Es un placer. Nice to meet you.

 


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