One of the first things I did when I began learning Spanish–after vowel and consonant pronunciation practice–is to learn how to introduce myself in Spanish. And, more importantly, how to listen and respond to other people’s introductions.
So, here’s the scenario: you’re on a surfing trip in Perú, and while sipping a cerveza fría at the bar after a good session, a beautiful local woman comes up to you and says:
You should say: “Hola.”
She then asks: “¿Cómo te llamas?”
You respond: “Me llamo [insert your name here].”
She asks you: “¿De dónde eres?”
You say: “Soy de los Estados Unidos.”
Now, you like her and want to get to know her, so you’ll want to ask her name:
“Y tú, ¿cómo te llamas?”
She responds: “Me llamo María.”
Now you can say: “Mucho gusto, María.”
Hopefully, she’ll say: “Encantada.”
You can then possibly say something like:
¿Vienes acá mucho?
Here’s how the encounter went, in English:
“Hello.” María said as she offered you her hand.
“Hello.” You said
“What is your name?” María asked with a twinkle in her eye.
“My name is [insert your name here]” (if you can remember it!)
“Where are you from?” María asked, because she noticed your foreign accent.
You answered, “I’m from the United States.” (if that’s where you’re from).
“And you, what is your name?” You asked, because you really wanted to know.
“My name is María.” She said with a smile.
To impress her (and to help with remembering her name), you said: “My pleasure, María.”
She responded (hopefully): “Delighted.”
You then said: “Do you come here a lot?” 1
1 Okay, so maybe you’re dreaming this, and this line is obviously dated…we’ll need to get you some more involved Spanish lessons so you can come up with a better line than that!
To introduce yourself, simply reverse the roles. And don’t forget to listen carefully to the other person’s responses.