It’s a Universal truth: if you're learning Spanish, one of the first thing you'll want to know is how to introduce yourself. Our very own Maider explained very well how to do it with efficiency and charm, but today we’ll go a little bit beyond the video, so that you can step up your game.
Greetings in Spanish.
Before introducing yourself, be polite: greet people! The easiest way to greet people in Spanish is “¡Hola!”, which means “hello”. You can also greet them according to the time of the day, using expressions such as:
- “Buenos días” - Good morning
- “Buenas tardes” - Good afternoon
- “Buenas noches”- Good evening/ Good night
Ask “how do you do?” or “how are you” in Spanish.
Since you are introducing yourself to this person, you are going to assume you haven’t met earlier. Therefore, it’s a good idea to ask how they are doing with a “¿Cómo está?” (formal) or “¿Cómo estás?” (informal, using “tú” - only use this if you’re meeting a friend of a friend or a young person). In an informal environment, you could also use “¿Qué tal?”.
Say your name.
As in English, you can say “I’m Maider” or “My name is Maider”. In Spanish, these are translated as “Soy Maider” and “Mi nombre es Maider”, respectively.
But we also use another sentence - which is probably more common than these two - “Me llamo Maider”. It literally means “I’m called Maider”. If you speak other Latin languages, or even Slavic languages, this structure should be quite simple.
Explain where you’re from.
If you want to state your nationality, you can say “Soy [nationality]”, e.g. “Soy Española” or “Soy de [country]”, e.g. “Soy de España”. The first means “I’m Spanish” and the second means “I’m from Spain”. We advise you to use the second one if you don’t remember how to say your nationality in Spanish!
You can also use “Soy de…” to specify which city or state you are from. For example, you can say “Soy de Dubai” instead of saying “Soy de los Emiratos Árabes Unidos” or “Soy de California” instead of saying “Soy de Estados Unidos”.
Explain where you work or what you do.
In the video, Maider says “Soy profesora”, which means “I’m a teacher.” The sentence is very simples, just say “Soy” (= I am) + your profession.
However, you might want to use other sentences to explain what you do. For example, you can say “[yo] Trabajo en Marketing”, which means “I work in marketing”, or “Trabajo en construción civil” (I work in civil construction). This is a very practical sentence if you’re a freelancer, for example, or if your function isn’t as clear as that of a professor or a doctor.
You can also use “trabajo en” to indicate which company you work at. For example, “Trabajo en Spanish Gurus” means “I work at Spanish Gurus”. Moreover, you can use this to say where (in which country or state) you work at. “Trabajo en Dubai” (I work in Dubai).
Explain where you live and how old are you.
These are slightly more personal questions, but you should know how to answer them. To explain where you live, you can say “Vivo en [city]”, e.g. “Vivo en Taipei” (I live in Taipei). You can also use this to specify the state or country you live in.
As for your age, you should say “Tengo [age] años”, which means “I have [age] years”. This is why a lot of Spanish speakers say “I have 30 years” instead of “I’m 30 years old”. We use the verb to have (tener) for age.
And this is how you introduce yourself in Spanish! Are there any more things that you’ve needed to introduce yourself? Let us know in the comments below.