The ABCs of Introducing Yourself in Spanish

When you meet a Spanish-speaker, the first thing they’ll ask you is: ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿De dónde eres? ¿Cuántos años tienes? ¿A qué te dedicas? And a hundred more questions about yourself. People in the Spanish-speaking world are very friendly and love to meet foreigners learning Spanish, just like you!

The answer to these questions includes a lot of information in Spanish such as your name, nationality, age, interests, job… And this might be a little bit challenging if you’re a beginner in the language. So, if you want to know how to successfully introduce yourself in Spanish and give a good first impression in Spanish, either in formal or informal occasions, keep on reading this article.

Here at iAmigo School we’ve prepared this guide so that you can feel confident while talking about yourself with native Spanish speakers. Let’s master Spanish introductions!

How to Introduce Yourself

1. Tu nombre - Your Name

There are three different ways of telling someone your name in Spanish, but first make sure to say “hello” to your new friend. You can do it by simply saying “¡hola!” if it is an informal situation, but if it is formal, you should say:

  • Buenos días.

              Good morning.

  • Buenas tardes.

              Good afternoon.

  • Buenas noches.

              Good evening.

Usually, a Spanish speaker will also want to know what your name is. If you’re feeling confident, don’t wait until the Spanish speaker makes the first move! You can ask them by using one of these four simple questions for “what’s your name?” in Spanish:

  • ¿Cómo te llamas? (informal)
  • ¿Cómo se llama? (formal)
  • ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (informal)
  • ¿Cuál es su nombre? (formal)

In order to share with your new friend what your name is, you can answer with one of these formulas in Spanish:

  • Me llamo… (your name).
  • Soy… (your name).
  • Mi nombre es… (your name).

If a Spanish speaker asks any of the questions above first, you can answer with “¿y tú?” for informal situations or “¿y usted?” for formal situations. Both of those questions mean “and you?” in Spanish and it’s a simple way to know what your new friend’s name is.

Now, you’ll want to say something in response to that introduction in order to keep the conversation warm and friendly. You can say any of these polite phrases in Spanish:

  • ¡Un gusto conocerte!

              It’s a pleasure to meet you!

  • ¡Encantado/a!

              I’m pleased.

  • ¡Mucho gusto!

              Nice to meet you.

Easy, right? Let’s take a look at this example of a simple conversation starter in Spanish:

  • ¡Hola!
  • ¡Hola! ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • Me llamo Mariana, ¿y tú?
  • Soy Alberto. ¡Mucho gusto!
  • ¡Encantada de conocerte!

Now you’re one step closer to knowing how to introduce yourself in Spanish!

2. Tu nacionalidad - Your Nationality

If you don’t speak Spanish, chances are you are not from Latin America or Spain, so you will want to tell your new Spanish-speaking friends where you are from and where you live. The questions you are likely to hear are these:

QuestionAnswer

Where are you from?

  • ¿De dónde eres? (informal)
  • ¿De dónde es usted? (formal)
Yo soy de… (name of your country)

What is your nationality?

  • ¿Cuál es tu nacionalidad? (informal)
  • ¿Cuál es su nacionalidad? (formal)
Yo soy… (nationality) *See below

Where were you born?

  • ¿Dónde naciste? (informal)
  • ¿Dónde nació usted? (formal)
Nací en… (name of your country)

Where do you live?

  • ¿Dónde vives? (informal)
  • ¿Dónde vive usted? (formal)
Vivo en… (name of your country or city)

As you can see, one of the questions is answered with your nationality. And, in order to keep the conversation going, you’ll need to know how to say it in Spanish. Don’t worry, we got your back! Here are some examples of the most common nationalities:

  • India: Indio / India
  • United States: Estadounidense
  • Egypt: Egipcio / Egipcia
  • Canada: Canadiense
  • United Kingdom: Inglés / Inglesa
  • Jamaica: Jamaiquino / Jamaiquina
  • Germany: Alemán / Alemana
  • France: Francés / Francesa
  • Japan: Japonés / Japonesa
  • China: Chino / China
  • Italy: Italiano / Italiana

Not too hard, right? Let’s look at this example of a real conversation in Spanish:

  • Hola, Ahmed, ¿de dónde eres?
  • Yo soy de Egipto. ¿Cuál es tu nacionalidad, Juan?
  • ¡Genial! Yo soy colombiano.
  • ¿Y dónde vives? 
  • Yo vivo en Bogotá, ¿y tú?
  • Yo vivo en El Cairo.
3. Tu profesión - Your Profession

Another question that may be asked is your occupation or profession –a great conversation starter! The most common questions in Spanish are:

  • ¿A qué te dedicas?

              What do you do for a living?

  • ¿En qué trabajas?

              What is your job?

At this point, you’ll want to tell your new friend about what you do for a living and, in order to do that, you can use the verb “ser” in Spanish just like this:

  • Yo soy… (name of your profession).

The most common professions in Spanish are:

  • Lawyer: Abogado / Abogada
  • Doctor: Doctor / Doctora
  • Veterinarian: Veterinario / Veterinaria
  • Psychologyst: Psicólogo / Psicóloga
  • Teacher: Profesor / Profesora
  • Sales Advisor: Vendedor / Vendedora
  • Artist: Artista
  • Architect: Arquitecto / Arquitecta
  • Nurse: Enfermero / Enfermera
  • Engineer: Ingeniero / Ingeniera

Did you see yours?

4. Tu edad - Your Age

When people meet for the first time, they sometimes ask each other’s age. Don’t worry! This is just to find out if you and your new Spanish-speaking friend have more things in common. And this is usually asked in very informal situations or in formal contexts that require this type of information, such as a job interview.

In this case, the question someone may ask you is “how old are you?” and this is the Spanish version:

  • ¿Cuántos años tienes? (informal)
  • ¿Qué edad tienes? (informal)
  • ¿Cuántos años tiene? (formal)

The answer to this question in Spanish is very simple! You just have to take a deep breath and say “tengo… (your age in numbers) años”. Here is an example:

  • ¡Hola, Juliana! Un placer conocerte, ¿qué edad tienes?
  • ¡Mucho gusto! Tengo 23 años.

Time to Practice!

Well, that was a lot of information but you got this! Let’s put all of your new Spanish knowledge into practice by reading these examples:

Example 1
  • Buenas tardes, ¿cómo se llama usted?
  • Mi nombre es Andrea, ¿y usted cómo se llama?
  • Soy Paola, ¡un gusto conocerla! ¿De dónde es usted?
  • Soy de México. ¿Cuál es su nacionalidad?
  • Soy venezolana. ¿A qué se dedica?
  • Soy ingeniera, ¿y usted?
  • Soy vendedora.
Example 2
  • ¡Hola! Soy Sara. ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • ¡Mucho gusto! Yo me llamo Camilo. ¿De dónde eres?
  • Soy de Ecuador pero vivo en Francia, ¿y tú?
  • Soy estadounidense. ¿En qué trabajas?
  • Soy profesora de español, ¿y tú?
  • ¡Genial! Soy enfermero. ¿Qué edad tienes, Sara?
  • Tengo 32 años, ¿y tú?
  • ¡Yo también!

You now have all the tools you need to introduce yourself in Spanish and have a similar conversation. And you’ve also made your first step into your Spanish journey, congrats! You can continue reading and learning with our Spanish articles.

Practice Yourself

It’s your turn to introduce yourself in Spanish now! We want to know: ¿cómo te llamas? ¿De dónde eres? ¿A qué te dedicas? ¿Cuántos qué edad tienes?

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