How to Introduce Yourself in Spanish Like a Native
An introduction tells people who you are.
It often also conveys your basic personal information, such as your profession and your relationship to the people or person you’re meeting.
Get off to a good start with your new Spanish friends, associates and acquaintances by hitting all the introduction marks.
Read on to learn all the essential steps to a perfect Spanish introduction!
- Basic Words and Phrases for Introducing Yourself in Spanish
- The Culture of Kissing Cheeks
- And One More Thing…
Basic Words and Phrases for Introducing Yourself in Spanish
Buenos días. (Good morning.)
Buenas tardes. (Good afternoon.)
Buenas noches. (Good evening.)
Me llamo… (My name is…)
Me llamo Susan. (My name is Susan.)
Soy… (I am…)
Soy Susan. (I am Susan.)
If you need to ask someone’s name, it’s a simple question. Just keep in mind the se (formal)/te (informal) (your) distinction, which shows the level of formality.
¿Cómo se llama? (What’s your name?—formal)
¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?—informal)
Responding to an Introduction
Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you.)
¡Encantado! (Happy to meet you! — masculine)
¡Encantada! (Happy to meet you! — feminine)
Estoy encantada de conocerla/conocerlo. (I’m pleased to meet you. — formal)
Este es… (This is…)
Se llama… (His/her name is…)
Permíteme presentarle a Señor Gonzales. (I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Gonzales. — formal)
After you introduce someone, you may want to indicate the relationship you have to that person.
Este es mi… (This is my…)
The all-purpose …y tú? / …y usted? (“…and you?”) is used to ask questions to further conversation. Keep in mind that the version used is dependent on the level of formality.
Consider the questions below for getting the conversational ball rolling!
¿A qué te dedicas? (What is your profession?—informal)
¿A qué se dedica? (What is your profession?—formal)
Soy… (I am a…)
Abogado (Lawyer — masculine)
Autora (Author — feminine)
Profesosa (Teacher — feminine)
For 90 more profession words and many more phrases to talk about work and careers, click over to this post.
¿Estás visitando? (Are you visiting? — informal)
¿Está visitando? (Are you visiting? — formal)
Estoy aquí por negocios. (I’m here on business.)
Estoy aquí por placer. (I’m here for pleasure.)
Estoy estudiando en la universidad. (I’m studying at the university.)
¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?—informal)
¿De dónde es? (Where are you from? — formal)
Soy de Estados Unidos. (I’m from the United States.)
Leaving and Saying Goodbye
¡Un placer conocerte! (Pleasure meeting you! — informal)
¡Un placer conocerla/conocerlo! (Pleasure meeting you! — formal)
¡Hasta mañana! (Until tomorrow!)
¡Hasta luego! (Until next time!)
The Culture of Kissing Cheeks
When meeting someone in the Spanish-speaking world, the very first obstacle you’ll encounter is whether or not to greet with a beso (kiss) or two.
The norms for kissing vary around the world. But in almost any Spanish-language social interaction, some form of kissing will be involved. And, just to be clear, there’s no flirting involved when this is part of the greeting!
Be aware that it’s not actually a “real” kiss, merely a touching of cheeks. Sometimes, cheeks hardly graze each other.
There are regional differences to this practice. In Spain, people do two kisses and in many parts of Latin America, it’s just one kiss, so observe those around you to see exactly what to do. The rules also vary by gender. In some regions, men will only kiss women, but in other parts of the Spanish-speaking world, men will also kiss one another.
If you’re uncomfortable, though, never fear: Most Spanish-speakers will completely understand if you, as a foreigner, aren’t accustomed to this practice. If you don’t want to do the kiss, a firm handshake, a smile and a greeting will be enough.
And if you do say hello with a cheek kiss, it’s good form to also cheek kiss goodbye.
Whether you’re in a Spanish-speaking environment for academic reasons, business, or you’re just traveling around, knowing how to greet others will make your experience much more meaningful. Watch these phrases in use by native Spanish speakers on the FluentU program to get even more context on how and when to use each.
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With these basic introductory phrases under your belt, you’ll be able to make friends and acquaintances without any trouble at all.
Have fun and good luck!
And One More Thing…
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