Imagine your first day in a Spanish class or the first time you meet a Spanish speaker… You will be asking each other about names, professions, age (not always!) and a few basic questions about yourselves. Also it is useful when you face situations in a foreign country. Remember… trying to speak with the locals is the best way to learn a new language!
Here there are some tips to introduce yourself in Spanish:
1. BEST BEGINNINGS: TIME OF THE DAY?
Start your chat with a proper greeting: buenos días, buenas tardes, buenas noches. In Spain we say Buenos días till 13:00pm more or less, then we say Buenas tardes from 14:00pm and from 20:00 or 21:00 pm we say Buenas noches (not only for going to sleep).
2. WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Introduce yourselves with verb LLAMARSE or verb SER.
In Spanish we use either “llamarse” or “ser” to introduce ourselves.
- ¿Cómo te llamas?
What’s your name?
- Me llamo Julia. ¿Y tú? // Yo soy Julia, ¿y tú?
My name is Julia, and yours? // I am Julia, and you?
- Yo me llamo Claudia. // Yo soy Claudia.
My name is Claudia. // I am Claudia.
3. PLACE OF BIRTH:
In Spanish we use also the verb SER (To be) to ask about the birthplace.
- ¿De dónde eres?
Where are you from?
- Yo soy española, ¿y tú? // Soy de España.
I am Spanish, and you? // I am from Spain.
4. ASKING ABOUT PROFESSION with verb TRABAJAR:
- ¿En qué trabajas?
What is your job?
- Soy profesora de español, ¿y tú?
I am Spanish teacher, and you?
5. HOW OLD ARE YOU? With verb TENER:
Be careful because sometimes is rude to ask this question, but you will see in which situations you can do it naturally. Anyway I give you this information because it is a basic question when you meet someone and it might be useful for your learning. We use verb TENER to speak about age:
- ¿Cuántos años tienes?
How old are you?
- Tengo 32 años, ¿y tú?
I am 32 years old, and you?
6. WHEN YOU MISUNDERSTAND SOMETHING with verb ENTENDER.
When we don’t understand something there is an easy way to say it:
- Perdona, no entiendo.
Excuse me, I don’t understand.
7. ASKING ABOUT THE MEANING OF A WORD with the verb SIGNIFICAR.
You see a heard a word and you don’t know the meaning? Don’t be shy and ask for it! It is easy and you will show interest and motivation.
- ¿Qué significa “vale”?
What does “vale” mean?
8. TO EXPRESS AN OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING:
- Yo creo que “vale” significa “OK”.
I think “vale” means “OK”.
9. ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS OR LOCATION
- ¿Dónde está el baño, por favor?
Where is the toilet please?
10. GRAMMAR BITES! … FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE 🙂
- “Presentarse” and “llamarse” are pronominal verbs because we are introducing ourselves and without the pronoun “SE” at the end of the word these verbs will have different meanings.
Here in the drawing you have some sentences for the first day of class. To speak with me or with your colleagues in the classroom you can use the examples below:
Do you want to learn more about presentations? Check verbo SER post!