In this challenge you are going to practice how to introduce yourself.
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.
Presentarse | Introducing yourself
- If you want to progress faster, I recommend to learn first what it’s meaningful to you (your age, you profession, etc.), instead of spending hours learning the names of all the professions, numbers, colors, etc,. (this can be done later).
- For nationalities, for example, I used to write a list of all nationalities in English. This took a lot of time, and prevented me from learning more useful vocabulary and progress faster.
STEP 1. Answer the following questions about yourself.
- In Spanish we don’t say I’m a doctor, we say ‘soy médico’, without a/an.
- It’s very important to be brave and speak (we all make mistakes when we are getting started with something new!)
- It’s very important to be proactive. If you don’t know how to say something, look it up in a dictionary and use it in conversations, that’s what everyone actually does when moving to a different country, and having to learn the language and use it everyday! And that’s when the magic happens. You need to USE your Spanish to be able to speak! 💬
Spanish introductions are pretty straightforward, so keep it simple. Smile, extend a hand (or a kiss) and respond appropriately to the person you’re meeting or to the one who’s introducing you.
Cheek-kissing: A Basic Primer
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). Ah, the feared cheek kiss—is it necessary? How can you pull it off without accidentally offending anyone, or looking like a confused foreigner?
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!
Have in mind people will not always greet with a beso. So, Wherever You Go, Do as You See Others Do!
There are regional differences to this practice too. In Spain it’s two kisses and in many parts of Latin America it’s one, so observe those around you to see exactly what to do where you are. 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 cheek-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 few standard phrases will be enough. Sometimes, a hug enhances the meeting.
And if you do say hello with a cheek kiss, it’s good form to also cheek kiss goodbye.
Introduce yourself in the comments below!
¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo…
¿De dónde eres? Soy…
¿Cuántos años tienes? Tengo…años.
¿Dónde vives? Vivo en…
¿A qué te dedicas? Soy… / Trabajo en…
¿Dónde trabajas? Trabajo en…
¿Tienes mascotas? Sí, tengo… / No, no tengo
¿Tienes hermanos? Sí, tengo ….hermano(s) / hermana(s) | No, soy hijo/a único/a
Can’t wait to hear from you! 😊
CEO of The Spanish Tribe