How to Introduce Yourself in Spanish
Learn how to introduce yourself in Spanish to make your first impression last longer, in a good way!
Presentaciones or introductions are easy to master with a little practice. In this lesson, I’ll quickly review how small introductions work and then I’ll jump into giving you tips on how to fill your introductions with interesting details about yourself that can spice up your initial conversations.
Let’s do it!
If you want to know how to introduce yourself, it’s best to start with a couple of easy-to-use phrases. Simple introductions are perfect for a classroom round of presentaciones, where no follow up conversations are needed. It is important that people know you by your name and that you get to know others. These situations are usually quick, so take your time to say it right, there’s no reason to get nervous the first time you do it. All you need to know how to say is your name and a simple phrase. Here are two options:
Hola, me llamo John.
Hi, my name is John.
Mucho gusto, yo soy John.
Nice to meet you, I am John.
These two phrases are acceptable in all contexts as well as in formal or informal situations. You can enhance them with more elaborate greetings if you need these introductions to be exceptionally formal or very relaxed. How to introduce yourself is up to you!
If you are interested in more ways of greeting people, check out the Ultimate List of Spanish Greetings and Farewells.
Nevertheless, most of the situations we face on a daily basis happen outside a classroom. In these scenarios it is important to give a little more detail of who you are and what you do. Some people only wish to disclose random facts. But sometimes we want to connect and often share more personal things. So, how to introduce yourself in a more detailed way? Read ahead to find out!
How to Talk About Your Age
Follow your simple introduction with more details about your age. Here’s how to introduce yourself and include details on your age:
Hola, me llamo Ana. Tengo treinta (30) años.
Hi, my name is Ana. I am 30 years old.
Mucho gusto, mi nombre es Rafael. Tengo cuarenta (40) años.
Nice to meet you, my name is Rafael. I am forty years old.
Hola, yo soy Sebastián y tengo cincuenta y nueve (59) años.
Hello, I am Sebastian and I am 59 years old.
How to Talk About Your Profession
Your profession, occupation or current job says a lot about you. Learn how to bring it up in an introductory conversation. Here are some examples of how to introduce yourself using your profession.
Hola, soy Samantha. Tengo cincuenta y dos (52) años y soy arquitecta.
Hello, I am Samantha. I am 52 years old and I am an architect.
Hola, soy Simón. Soy doctor.
Hi, I’m Simon. I am a Doctor.
Mucho gusto, mi nombre es Roberto, soy artista.
Nice to meet you, my name is Robert, I’m an artist.
|Firefighter||Bombero / Bombera|
|Plumber||Plomero / Plomera|
|Doctor||Doctor / Doctora|
|Engineer||Ingeniero / Ingeniera|
|Marketer||Mercadólogo / Mercadóloga|
|Communicologist||Comunicólogo / Comunicóloga|
|Reporter||Reportero / Reportera|
|Writer||Escritor / Escritora|
|Designer||Diseñador / Diseñadora|
|Nurse||Enfermero / Enfermera|
|Psychologist||Psicólogo / Psicóloga|
|Architect||Arquitecto / Arquitecta|
|Biologist||Biólogo / Bióloga|
Where are you from? Where do you live? Where do you work?
Sometimes it is easier to say where you were born or where you live than explaining why you have an accent. You can decide how much information you give when you think of how to introduce yourself.
These are a few examples of phrases you can use:
Soy de Barcelona.
I am from Barcelona
Nací y crecí en Londres.
I was born and raised in London.
Actualmente vivo en Manila, Filipinas.
Nowadays I live in Manila, Philippines.
Vengo de Ottawa.
I come from Ottawa.
Nací en Nueva Delhi pero ahora resido en la Ciudad de México.
I was born in New Delhi but I reside in Mexico City.
Soy de Austin, Texas pero trabajo en Guatemala.
I am from Austin, Texas but I work in Guatemala.
Interests Related to the Situation
If you want to break the ice, sometimes it is better to include something about yourself that makes you relatable or interesting. You say something about your hobbies, taste in books, your bucket list, fun experiences you’ve had, or the fact that you adore animals.
The more compelling your interests are, the more people will feel engaged and likely ask for more details.
In this section you will master these topics while learning how to introduce yourself.
Some people feel that their hobbies define them more than their profession. And it can be true. Fishing, camping, travelling, cooking, learning languages, reading, watching movies, working out, gardening, and playing an instrument are all on the menu ahead.
|Playing video games||Jugar videojuegos|
|Learning a new language||Aprender un nuevo idioma|
|Collecting coins||Coleccionar monedas|
|Doing yoga||Hacer yoga|
|Watching movies||Ver películas|
|Playing an instrument||Tocar un instrumento|
|Learning how to play an instrument||Aprender a tocar un instrumento|
|Arts & Crafts||Artes y manualidades|
|Working out||Hacer ejercicio|
Mis pasatiempos son la jardinería y tocar la guitarra.
My hobbies are gardening and playing the guitar.
Me gusta acampar y hacer yoga.
I’m into camping and doing yoga.
En mi tiempo libre, me gusta leer y escribir.
I like reading and writing in my spare time.
Pescar es lo que amo.
Fishing is what I love.
I love working out.
Coleccionar monedas es lo mío.
Collecting coins is my thing.
Taste in Arts
Another way to connect with other people is through your taste in arts. You can relate to someone you barely know by saying something like:
Ir a museos es mi cosa favorita.
Going to museums is my favorite thing to do.
Soy un entusiasta de la fotografía.
I am a photography enthusiast.
Amo escuchar música clásica los fines de semana.
I love listening to classical music on weekends.
Me gustan las películas de terror.
I’m into terror movies.
Me gusta escuchar poesía.
I like listening to poetry.
Animal lovers like myself always talk about our pets. If you have one at home, don’t forget to mention them!
Amo a los perros.
I love dogs.
Darle de comer a mis pájaros es mi cosa favorita.
My favorite thing is to feed my birds.
Soy amante de los animales. Tengo toda clase de animales en casa.
I’m an animal lover. I have all kinds of animals at home.
Food is another great topic to discuss with a new friend.
Me gustan los tacos.
I like tacos.
Sé cómo cocinar comida italiana.
I know how to cook Italian food.
Goals and Bucket List
This has to be the most interesting thing a person can say in an introduction. Your goals and wishes are defined by your personality and that’s why they are worth telling.
Voy a aprender la lección de “Cómo Presentarte con Otros” esta semana.
I will learn the “How to Introduce Yourself” lesson this week.
Quiero probar cada tipo de comida asiática.
I want to try every kind of Asian food.
Me encantaría tener hijos en los siguientes dos años.
I’d love to have kids in the next two years.
Visitaré Francia en mi cumpleaños número 40.
I will visit France on my 40th birthday.
Another way of making conversation is to tell people what your purpose is at a certain place.
Is learning to play an instrument an interest of yours? Is the birthday girl your cousin? Is this store convenient for you? These are some ideas of how you can interact with people in random situations while practicing how to introduce yourself:
At a Homeschool Spanish Academy:
Estoy aquí para aprender Español para entender a mi nuera.
I am here to learn Spanish to understand my daughter in law.
At a concert:
La música siempre me ha atraído.
Music has always attracted me.
At your brand-new store:
Por fin me tomé la oportunidad de vender arte.
I finally took the chance of selling art.
At a coffee shop:
Vengo aquí seguido porque vivo cerca.
I come here often because I live nearby.
At a restaurant:
De verdad quería probar la comida mexicana.
I really wanted to try Mexican food.
At a birthday party:
Conozco a Kate desde hace mucho tiempo.
I’ve known Kate for a long time.
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