Talking to someone much younger than you
This post is going to be all about how to introduce yourself in English. That’s right, I am going to discuss the different possible ways to greet someone and how to answer: tell me more about yourself!
Formal interactions require a less relaxed behavior following customs and procedure.
A: I am Brian, what is your name?
For example, you could give your name, your age, your occupation, where you are from and something that you like.
Meeting with a government official
In formal interactions, it is best to offer a handshake to the other individual.
It is nice to meet you Mary.
This should be done regardless if the setting is formal or informal. In repeating back their name, you are less likely to forget it later.
Once physical contact has been made a verbal greeting is appropriate. There are many different ways to give a greeting and introduce yourself for formal settings.
Some people give what is called a dead fish handshake. This feels like the person is holding a dead fish when they give you a handshake.
Nice to meet you Mary.
It is important to realize that there are basically two types of situations.
What is your name?
Your hand should be firm and you should apply a slight pressure to their hand when shaking hands. Eye contact is very important and should be maintained during this time.
After anyone gives you their name for the first time, you should say it back to them as a courtesy.
My name is Brian. How do you do?
May I have your name?
Meeting someone famous or that you admire
Extend your arm to the mid-torso area.
However, if someone asks you to introduce yourself in a meeting situation, then the response is a little more complicated.
A: I am from the United States. How long have you been in the country?
Talking to your boss at work
A: Are you here on business or for fun?
Here are some other ways of greeting and introducing yourself:
Meeting acquaintances of friends
It is a pleasure meeting you Mary.
My name is Brian Thornton. I am thirty-five years old. I am an English teacher and blog writer. I am from New York City and I love to travel.
In informal settings, we can be more relaxed. These are interactions that are more casual.
Make a big welcoming smile with your mouth.
Birthday party events
B: My name is Marilia.
From this point, the conversation is up to you. You can ask questions about how they know your friend.
B: Sure, that’s sounds great!
Hello. My name is Brian.
Speaking with someone older than you
Usually, what they are waiting for is five to six sentences for other people in the room to acquire facts about you so that they have an idea about who you are and your personality.
These types of interactions could be one of the following:
B: Yes, it is okay.
The way to say their name back to them could be one of the following:
B: I have been for just one month.
Hello. I am Brian.
Well, Mary, welcome (this works if you are hosting the event).
Meeting someone for the first time is important. This first meeting can be especially difficult in a foreign language with a different culture.
To do this follow these steps:
B: I am from Brazil, and you?
A: Marilia, where are you from?
I didn’t catch your name.
A: Are you enjoying the class?
A: We have fifteen minutes for the break. Do you want to go get some coffee?
Here are some informal ways of asking for their name:
Generally, other people will respond and give your their name as well.
Once they offer their hand as well make sure you give a firm handshake.
Open your hand with your palm facing inward.
When a conversation happens it would look like this:
As a rule, we should always be polite when meeting new people. A handshake is always appropriate, but you might need to adapt to what the other person insists on doing. For example, they might want to hug or bump fists.
I would say:
If they don’t give their name, then you should ask them.
Follow their lead to avoid an awkward situation. After all, when in Rome, do as the Romans. Be sure to smile during this interaction. Don’t make it look like it is your first time on Earth.
The one that I prefer is the following:
Here are examples of situations that are informal:
Here are some different ways of asking others for their name in a formal setting:
B: Neither one, I am here just to take this course.
Good (morning, afternoon or evening), my name is Brian.