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Introductions in Spanish

Introductions in Spanish

In addition to the web version, you can download the lesson as a PDF, found at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to listen and practice with the audio throughout the lesson.​

Lesson 3: Introductions in Spanish

Below are two basic flows of introductions between two people. 

Familiarize yourself with these and you’ll able to sprinkle in some of those informal greetings you already learned, setting yourself up for a good introduction.

Translations for conversations can be found at the end.

Dialog 1

¿Hola, cómo te llamas?

Hola, me llamo David.

Mucho gusto, David.

¿Y cómo te llamas?

Me llamo Laura.

Mucho gusto, Laura.

This is a straightforward ‘template’ for asking and responding when first introducing yourself to someone.

You can respond differently so that it’s not so monotonous. This might be preferred if there’s multiple people you’re meeting.

Dialog 2

¿Hola, cómo te llamas?

Hola, me llamo David.

Mucho gusto, David.
Soy Laura.

Es un placer conocerte.

Some things to point out

To respond more casually like Laura did, substitute:
Soy Laura.” for “Me llamo Laura.”

David uses the verb conocer.
Conocer means “to know, to meet or to be familiar with someone or something specific”.

Examples using conocer:

¿Conoces a mi hermano?

  • Do you know my brother?
  • Have you met my brother?

Llegué ayer, y por eso, no conozco bien la ciudad.

  • I arrived yesterday, so I don’t know the city well.
  • I arrived yesterday, so I am not familiar with the city.

*When asking if you know or have met someone, you must use an “a” before the person. This rule does not apply for places.

Conocí a alguien ayer en el parque.

I met someone yesterday in the park.

¿Conoces Madrid?

  • Have you been to Madrid?
  • Are you acquainted with Madrid?

Conocer is a reminder that direct translations aren’t normally a good idea—this is why a lot of Spanish speakers say, “I know New York.” when they actually mean they’ve been to New York.

Summarizing the responses to introductions

The following is a summary of how to respond when someone tells you her name.

Mucho gusto is the most flexible of the bunch.

Mucho gusto

  • Nice to meet you.
  • Pleased to meet you.
  • A pleasure to meet you.

Un gusto conocerte

Nice to meet you.

Un placer conocerte

A pleasure to meet you.

Check out Lesson Four, where you’ll learn how to say where you’re from, as well as ask someone where he or she’s from.

Translations

Dialog 1:

Hi, what’s your name?
¿Hola, cómo te llamas?

Hi, my name is David.
Hola, me llamo David.

Nice to meet you, David.
Mucho gusto, David.

And what is your name?
¿Y cómo te llamas?

My name is Laura.
Me llamo Laura.

Nice to meet you, Laura.
Mucho gusto, Laura.

Dialog 2:

Hi, what’s your name?
¿Hola, cómo te llamas?

Hi, my name is David.
Hola, me llamo David.

Nice to meet you, David. I’m Laura.
Mucho gusto, David. Soy Laura.

It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Es un placer conocerte.

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