Updated: Jun 13
Knowing how to introduce yourself in Spanish is always the first step to begin a good, simple conversation especially with someone you just met. There are many ways to introduce yourself in Spanish. Some are casual while others are more formal in tone.
The expressions and questions for introductions, presentaciones, are very similar to the ones in English. They are usually accompanied by one or more greetings, example. “Hola”. This post will cover some common ways to introduce yourself in the language as well as expressions to introduce others. ¿Estás listo/a?
No matter how little Spanish you know, it's easy to introduce yourself to someone who speaks Spanish. Here are some ways you can do it:
Grammar and Vocabulary Behind These Introductions
1. Have you noticed that Spanish uses upside -down punctuation marks to begin a question (¿) and an exclamation (¡)? An accent mark is sometimes needed over a vowel (á, é, í, ó, ú), usually to show which syllable is stressed.
2. Another common verb using for introduce yourself and others is the reflexive verb "Llamar", which usually means "to call." So if you say "Me llamo Eugenio," that's a direct equivalent of "I call myself Eugenio." Llamar is used in many of the same ways as "to call" is, such as for calling out to someone or calling someone on the telephone. In both Spanish and English, verbs in which the person is referring to doing something to him- or herself are known as reflexive verbs.
The reason two methods are used with llamar for asking someone's name is because Spanish differentiates between formal and informal (sometimes called formal and familiar) ways of addressing people.
3. Use tú (you) when you are talking to a friend. Notice that tú has an accent and use usted when you want to be polite to an stranger. Whether you’re speaking in Spanish, English, or Esperanto, introducing yourself formally means that you don’t talk in a chummy, informal way to a person with whom you have no relationship. Instead, especially when in Spanish-speaking countries, you use the formal way of introducing yourself to others in order to keep a certain distance.
4. The words soy, eres, and es are all forms of the verb ser, which is one of the ways to say "to be." in Spanish. When talking about what is someone name, forms of ser are always used.
5. Use the pronoun yo to refer to yourself. In Spanish, yo (I) is not capitalized, except at the beginning of a sentence.
Listening Activity No 1 Introductions in Spanish
In this video you will learn how to introduce yourself, how to ask some basic questions in Spanish and reply to them. Remember you can contact your tutor with any question have. Don’t you have a Spanish tutor yet? Please, leave a message if you want we prepare more activities about this topic. Thanks for helping us to improve.
Listening and Quiz Activity No. 2: Introduce yourself
Let's see the lesson in context. Listen to this episode Juan asks people in the streets of Valencia, Spain to introduce themselves. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the vocabulary learned. ¡Buena suerte!
Now if you have watched the video several times and checked the vocabulary, it is time you practice everything you have learned with these Spanish quizzes. Remember you can repeat them as many times as you want and even print them. When you finish you will be able to introduce yourself in Spanish quite confidently. For extra activities visit our store online! Word bank: vive, barista, Camila, años, diseñador, refinería, Ecuador, es, edad, leche,
1. Alejandro tiene 25 ______.
2. ______ Yanez es de las Islas Gálapos, ______.
3. Juan ______ de Valencia.
4. Sergio ______ en Barona.
5. Yo soy ______, trabajo ahí en Dulce de ______.
6. José Luis es ______.
7. Sergio trabaja en una ______.
8. La ______ de Sebastian es 25.
Video + Story+Activities No. 3: Hola, ¿Qué tal?
Let's see now the lesson in context. In this video Eva introduce herself, friends and family members. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the phrases presented above plus a few new ones. Press PLAY when you are ready.
Now if you have watched the video several times and checked the vocabulary, it is time you practice everything you have learned with these handout. Great practice for introduce yourself and introduce others and family members! We hope you find it very useful. This resource includes a comprehension activity in Spanish for students to complete after reading and watching the story, as well as an activity to reinforce greetings vocabulary and writing with the verbs "ser, llevar and tener". Available in our store.
The reading includes: ❁ Family vocabulary ❁ Verbs Ser, llevar and Tener ❁ Greetings vocabulary. The reading is mostly written in PRESENT TENSE
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